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Jonathan M. Daube: City’s downtown is in the hands of good decision-makers

Published: 9/13/2019 8:00:39 PM
Modified: 9/13/2019 8:00:27 PM

As a relative newcomer to Northampton (Florence, actually), I appreciated the Gazette’s recent three-part “Downtown: Soul of the City” series.

After my wife and I had both retired, we decided to move here, in large part, because two of our three children and all three grandchildren were already in Northampton.

We are still learning how much Northampton and the Valley have to offer: bookstores and restaurants downtown; Historic Northampton; the Ruggles Center, celebrating the 14 years that Sojourner Truth spent in Florence; the Forbes and Lilly Libraries, including a presidential library; the Academy of Music; a senior center with an amazing variety of offerings; Smith College and its botanic garden; an inclusive annual Pride Parade; slow but welcoming trains to New York City and Washington, D.C.; trails and a growing cycling culture; music; art; and much, much more.

The public schools are good. The town’s leadership and its planning department are forward-looking. Bridge Road has been paved.

Yes, downtown has to change, as do most downtowns, and parking will always be an issue, but I am confident that good decision-making will prevail. I wish more communities were like Northampton — warm and welcoming new people and new ideas.

Jonathan M. Daube


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