Tom Riddell: Warfield Place project presents an opportunity

  • Blooming cherry trees on Warfield Place. gazette file photo

Published: 7/19/2021 2:02:17 PM

Like others, I’m writing about the proposed (imminent) Warfield Place repaving project. Unfortunately, it looks like the city is missing a golden opportunity to rethink (or at least explore) the way in which all of the street repaving work gets planned, organized and done.

From communications and meetings, it seems abundantly clear that the city has a certain method for doing these kinds of projects. But perhaps it is time to change that process. The golden opportunity is to take a pause and try an experiment. To see what happens when the city collaborates with the affected residents, listens to their concerns, hopes and goals; and proceeds with an effort to cooperatively plan a project that takes into account issues of traffic and road surface, stormwater flow, accessibility and sidewalk construction, tree canopy and sustainability impacts.

It’s a chance to consider, research and evaluate options, as well as to develop new and creative solutions. (Or is that a dangerous precedent?) Hundreds of Northampton residents have signed a petition asking the city to please consider a moratorium on the Warfield Place work. Think outside the box. Try a non-traditional approach. Do it differently and better. Why not? Just hit pause.

Tom Riddell

Northampton




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