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THE BRILLIANT PLAN FOR TYLER STREET? ‘S–L–O–W IT DOWN’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

Coming Wednesday: THE PLANET’s take on the Ribbon Cutting for …  for … (we can hardly say it) … Tyler Street garbage cans … Wherein we find out if the mayor has (a) a sense of humor and/or (b) a thick skin. Either will suffice. TRUTH OUTSTRIPS FICTION!!!

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 18, 2017) — Public policy done “with the best of intentions” guarantees an undertaking that will be over budget, late on delivery, and ineffective. When you hear “best intentions,” you need to ask, “Best for whom?”

Take Tyler Street.

Please. And this is before ribbon cuttings for garbage cans (tune in Wednesday!!)

The once bustling neighborhood roughly designated “Morningside” has become the unwitting symbol of the overall decline in a municipality once known for its leafy, middle-class decency, an elm-lined state of comfort in which blue and white collars worked and played together in a pocket of benign public policy known as “the common good.” Cynics may justifiably counter that this agreeable state of affairs was an artificiality made possible by the capitalistic monopoly courtesy of General Electric Company. They made also point out that once GE concluded that its investment in Pittsfield, Mass., was not worth the size of its profit, the company pulled out, leaving behind, unmediated, air, water, and ground fouled by some of the worst industrial toxins found outside of a mad scientist’s lab.

Tyler Street and Woodlawn Avenue, of course, provided base for this industrial Ground Zero. Take a walk by today and see what’s left. Not much to see except as concrete wasteland and a street down on its luck, with shootings, stabbings, crime, drugs, gangs, violence, trash, and a zombified populace the sad norm.

Cue the “do gooders.” They’ve mustered up a half-a-million dollars or so of taxpayer money to throw at the problem, money that will be spent on consultants, an executive director or two, and, of course, the usual contractors. THE PLANET knows nothing of any ensuing kickbacks, bribes, of graft, for these contract riders, when present, are written in invisible ink by non-appearing hands.

Outside of placing umbrella ceilings on sunny days, the Tyler Street “Best Intentionals” haven’t properly defined their overall goals, especially how they fit into whatever passes for a “vision” in the Land of Benigno Numine.

Take it back.  THE PLANET has learned of one key aspect of the Tyler Street Transformation. They want to s-l-o-w the traffic down!! Yup, you read right — “s–l–o–w it right the heck down.” Obviously, the architects of this immensely stupid idea don’t do much driving on Tyler Street or in and around Pittsfield. City streets are clogged. We have a “perfect storm” of too many vehicles, too many traffic signals, too many stop signs, and too few roads in good shape.

One of THE PLANET‘s favorite spots is just around the corner from Tyler Street.

In your mind, travel with us now.

We are driving north from First Street. Once you get through the First-Tyler intersection, you quickly encounter the intersection of North Street and Stoddard Avenue. Vehicles in this spaghetti intersection vie for rights of way, including the ridiculous junction of the BMC emergency room entrance. Continue north, two traffic lights within 30 feet of each other stop you. The first is at Charles and North streets, the second at North Street and Springside Avenue. The clogged arteries have induced vehicular coronaries not even Dr. Christian Barnard could undo.

The “slow it down” policy for Tyler Street comes from the one Commandment city planners and policy makers follow each time for every public project: “Thou shalt find the most difficult way to do something, one that causes the most stress for the greatest number of people.”

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“How much is that doggy in the window? The one with the waggily tail?”Patti Page.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

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dusty
dusty
3 years ago

Will there be islands in the middle of the road? Bumps outs? More traffic lights? Period lighting? Parking kiosks?

Pittsfield always seems to need to find a big money project as soon as it finishes the last one. To hell with the taxpayers because the special interests need to be fed. And what better way to do that then conjure up some feel good pork project where campaign donors and good old boys can line up and sip the gravy till their bellies are refilled.

CosbiesLadies
CosbiesLadies
3 years ago

Check out the Barriers on Burbank side of Hess. Community Pride! Maybe the ArtsyFolks can do a Mural on the Garbage Truck at the corner of Tyler and Woodlawn, after the FlatTire get’s fixed.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  danvalenti
3 years ago

Wouldn’t it be great if the owner of the property didn’t authorize the paintings of the blocks and made the city clean them!

Spagirl
Spagirl
Reply to  danvalenti
3 years ago

And just what do these lackeys think they are show casing? This town gets more disturbing and pathetic with each passing day.

jake E. Lee
jake E. Lee
Reply to  CosbiesLadies
3 years ago

Should the fire dept be notified of this Abandoned eye sore? If that garbage truck was in my driveway I would be cited for it.

Bill Q
Bill Q
3 years ago

Maybe Chris was going to put some Campaign Stickers on it? The tire is flat and needs a retread.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Bill Q
3 years ago

I think there is two flat tires. If it was in somebody’s yard would the fire dept care?
But Cavalier is not noted for fixing things in any interpretation of a timely fashion. So the renters tell me.

Either way it kind of sums up the PEDA site. Garbage in and garbage out.

Len X Abhorant
Len X Abhorant
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

Dan is great.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
3 years ago

Thanks for the mention

Ei
Ei
3 years ago

Who is that clown at the Airport Commission meeting, the older lady cracking unfunny jokes. Gloria the new Manager, who I think is great, doesn’t seem to be amused. Who puts these assclowns on these Boards.

Village Knight
Village Knight
Reply to  Ei
3 years ago

Reply to Ei about Airport appointees—our Queen of Pittsfield appointed them all. Her Majesty knows better! Don’t you dare to question!

Kate Dempsey
Kate Dempsey
3 years ago

Dan,
Perhaps the “Slow-Down” Tyler Street program, is so out of towners can can slow down and “sample” some of Pittsfield’s homegrown/made goods.

You could even start a TMZ-type open air bus and announce, well folks, here at Tyler and Cherry Street, you’ll get the best price of heroin in Berkshire County. The more you buy, the less it costs.

Next, we roll up on Tyler and Brown Street. Here, we have any firearms/automatic weapons your arsenal might be lacking. The guns might be a bit on the pricey side, but that’s because they have been used previously in NYC murdering a person who couldn’t quit getting high on the gang’s own supply. But, don’t let that deter you, these guns are even untraceable by the ATF.

Our final stop is Tyler Street and Tyler Street Extension. This is kind of a hodge-podge of all drugs. A one-stop shopping for: crack, marijuana, pain pills, and assorted ‘water-pipes.’

But, to end the tour on a huge surprise, this is the future home of a Medical Marijuana Dispensary of former State Rep Andrea Nuciforo, where the former apartment building burned to the ground.

We used to have “It’s happening,” now it’s “Puff, Puff, Pass!”

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Kate Dempsey
3 years ago

A man shot Thursday morning on Linden Street. A home shot-up with gunfire Saturday morning….All this with a million dollars worth of new officers on the street equipped with new state of the art tools.
Gun violence in the city of Pittsfield is both “Vibrant” and “Dynamic” Sure glad reducing crime was a priority of the Tyer Administration. It’s been as successful her efforts to reduce blight, control spending and transform the city into a desirable place for young people(non gang members that is) I’m sorry…I was a supporter but now think Linda Tyer is approaching most ineffective mayor in city history status.

Magoo
Magoo
Reply to  Two Cents
3 years ago

“Gun charges dropped at the request of the Commonwealth”
The District attorneys favorite statement
Seems to be working wonderfully
Chirak has nothing on Shitsfield.

Village Knight
Village Knight
Reply to  Kate Dempsey
3 years ago

Reply to Kate Dempsey: Bravo! Just brilliant!

Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally
3 years ago

Excellent post Kate! Does anyone know what is happening with those existing Buildings on Tyler Ext. specificallly?

tommy
tommy
Reply to  Dilly Dally
3 years ago

Let’s ask TRICIA. She does SO much for Pittsfield. What about it Tricia, where is the money for Pittsfield?

Thomas More
Thomas More
3 years ago

the Planet pretty much summed it up. Dan didn’t even need his usual exaggerations for this one. Next month is the Halloween parade when 7,000 citizens will descend upon Tyler St. Those are the Eagle’s figures.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Thomas More
3 years ago

7000 people on Tyler street. Most of them wearing masks. Some of them undoubtedly carrying guns. What could possibly go wrong?

BOOOOO!!!1

Tricksie
Tricksie
3 years ago

Maybe the next DOA body will be dumped in one of the trash cans and not a private pay dumpster – at lease as tax payers we can get some services !! Beyond farcical –

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
3 years ago

PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT!
Stay off of:
North st.
TYLER STREET
Lincoln st.
First st.
Second st.
Linden st.
Dewey ave
Cherry st.
Burbank st.
Kent ave
Madison ave
And Seymour st.
And you might survive.

Magic
Magic
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 years ago

Mr. Melle
Are you as involved in your own towns politics in New Hampshire as you try to be in Pittsfield.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Magic
3 years ago

I follow New Hampshire politics. It is in the same (northeast) region as Pittsfield – Boston. There is population loss and an aging population where I live. There are more jobs where I live, as Amherst [NH] is only a one hour drive to Boston. Sometimes I take a bus from Nashua to Boston and back for the day. It is only $12 round trip. Less than gas would cost. I went to Fenway Park this past summer to see the Blue Jays play the Red Sox.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Magic
3 years ago

He s just like Dan Valenti

Still wondering
Still wondering
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 years ago

Francis, John, Onota, Columbus etc etc

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Still wondering
3 years ago

I’ve never had a problem on any of those streets.

War Pigs
War Pigs
3 years ago

Are Tyer and freinds going to have a crime scene tape cutting ceremony at the next murder to celebrate the city’s 18 percent drop in crime?

Don T
Don T
Reply to  War Pigs
3 years ago

That Is funny! Tyer thinks she’s doing hip things.

Kate Dempsey
Kate Dempsey
Reply to  War Pigs
3 years ago

You might have just stumbled upon Pocahontas Lizzy Warren and TFB’s new talking points. I’m sure Donald Trump is to blame for all Pittsfield’s failures, both past, present, and future.

I mean, if President Trump hadn’t ended DACA, Jae Chung’s on North Street would be comparable to fine dining in NYC. Or if President Trump handn’t given Billions of dollars to Iran, oh wait, that was Obama. Nevermind….

Don T
Don T
3 years ago

We are a happening pace. Linda is leading the way.

Wild in the Treets
Wild in the Treets
3 years ago

Wonder what the ratio per capita of shootings ranking is here. Silent Mayor equaks a recall candidate.

mi
mi
3 years ago

This Mayorship has gone to hell.

H
H
3 years ago

Hazing throughout the Country should be banished or ten years in prison..mo fo’s

h
h
3 years ago

Donald, Jung is kicking your ass.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
3 years ago

Our mayor is a idiot!! A massive heroin problem. A massive gang problem. A massive non-eligible gun owner problem. A massive unfunded liabilities problem. A massive living wage job problem. And on and on….. But she has the time to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for garbage cans! Typical liberal elitist do nothing!

CosbiesLadies
CosbiesLadies
3 years ago

Little early in the term to grade, isn’t it. She is for the Chestnut Seed program and the bicycle path on rugged terrain!

EddieP
EddieP
3 years ago

The proposal for the Springside intersection includes Charles St. swinging to the left to align with Springside, eliminating one light and that triangle island is gone. The whole BMC entrance will be reconfigured.

The school committee
The school committee
3 years ago

The bad news economy of the berkshires showed up in stockbridge with country curtains closing and 200 people on the street without a job.Red Lion soon to follow the Austun Riggs.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
3 years ago

I had heard about the Statement the Mayor made so I had to go find it.
She completely sidestepped overall city crime and is only using the statistics for Crime in which somebody was charged.
So if you were Assaulted, Raped, Shot, stabbed, robbed or a victim of any other horrid crime guess what? It really didn’t count unless they formally charged somebody.
This is in no way a shot at the PD. Can anybody think of a single valid reason you would not use the overall crime data.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Benigno Numine
3 years ago

One possibility is that downtown merchants, who may coincidentally be huge campaign donors, want only nice business friendly things said about the area they are trying to sell things. For instance if you had an eatery that sold meals which could be eaten at tables set up on the sidewalk on North street the last thing you want people reading in the local newspaper is that the shot spotter has detected several shootings in the area.

So a business person or persons might lean on politicians with great influence to tamp down on the true danger and level of violence in the area. Statistics and numbers can be gently skewed to reflect a more business friendly environment. A newspaper might get a memo or phone call suggesting that certain information might be better left out of the the daily reporting.

Business s have great influence with a local newspaper in that they can pull advertising which is the life blood of their operation.

So as you can see the knee bone is connected to the neck bone and the neck bone is connected to the lack of spine bone and the charade goes on and on like a traveling carnival headed both everywhere and nowhere all at once.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

You seem to know an awful lot about downtown businesses and their huge donations. The only people of business listed in the mayors donors were Hotel on North proprietors and the owner of a tiny cake store and their donations were less then $1000.00. There aren’t five businesses on North St. that can afford huge donations and the only one that does any real advertising in the Eagle is Carr Hardware.
However, it can be said that your knee bone etc. and traveling carnival analogies are brilliant.

Radar
Radar
3 years ago

Reports of a couple being robbed at gunpoint Saturday night on Elizabeth St.

Public made aware by woman’s Facebook post after police failed to issue any public warning.

(Obviously of course they don’t issue press releases regarding dangerous situations until about 4-7 business days later – attempted kidnapping on Elizabeth St. last week)

Woman’s story seems to be verified by PPD police log entry at 0031 Sunday – robbery/Elizabeth St.

So – add Elizabeth Street to the list of places to avoid. Although if a dangerous crime is committed and no one is arrested…is it really a crime…does that count….

Wild in the Streets
Wild in the Streets
3 years ago

Only Elizabethians traverse Elizabeth St.

War Pigs
War Pigs
3 years ago

A car slowing down on Tyler St. is probably a drive by shooting about to happen. If all the cars have to slow down how can we tell the difference?

dusty
dusty
Reply to  War Pigs
3 years ago

Perhaps the reinvention of Tyler street could include a Wild West theme. Store fronts could look like old saloons or bordellos or black smith shops. Maybe even a sheriffs office. Perhaps the old Hess station could be dug out to look like an open mine shaft. (be careful not to disturb a potential super fund site)

And should any bullets fly from passing cars or nearby drug or domestic disputes the tourists (who are sure to flock to the area), upon hearing the gunfire, will think it is merely sound effects piped in to enhance the old west lifestyle.

We in the business call it Alternative Obfuscation, which beats the old hum drum blind eye approach used by many politicians.

Alaskan Bush Clowns
Alaskan Bush Clowns
3 years ago

Anyi idea of when the Milt Plum Museum will open?

Milt Plum
Milt Plum
Reply to  Alaskan Bush Clowns
3 years ago

Very soon I hope.

amandaWell
amandaWell
3 years ago

I said I would grade the Mayor six months ago, well here we are. The mid term grade for the Honorable Linda Tyer is…

A

Don T
Don T
Reply to  amandaWell
3 years ago

Excellent Grade Mandee.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  amandaWell
3 years ago

You dont live here,taxes up 40%

Thomas More
Thomas More
3 years ago

Does anyone know what happened to the famous trash cans? I drove Tyler St. today looking for them. No dice. Drove only 20 mile per too.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Thomas More
3 years ago

Hope you stopped by the Dairy Cone and got yourself some ice cream. I hear they have a lot left over. Looks like no one wants to be caught out in the open in that neighborhood.

Gigi
Gigi
Reply to  Thomas More
3 years ago

They were probably stolen, LOL!

mi
mi
3 years ago

Planet, thought you would be Interested that on Television tonight, Diacovery Channel) is the Son of Sam Chronicle,Terror in the Night. It’s New.

The school committee
The school committee
3 years ago

Word is Syria and Iraq refugees wont be placed in pittsfield because of the gunfire and violence

dusty
dusty
3 years ago

According to the Eagle, in a one paragraph announcement, the refugees from Syria will no longer becoming to Pittsfield. No explanation.

Perhaps they themselves did their own research and decided to pick another city? Perhaps they would prefer to go to a city that did not feel the desperate need for a shot spotter?

Yes, I said they themselves

Pat
Pat
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

Didn’t you hear what happened in London? A family that took in lots of refugees just like they were going to do here is under investigation because one of the refugees they took in was implicated in the terrorist attack a few days ago. This is what progressives wanted to do to this area with no thought for the dangers.

Gigi
Gigi
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

Dusty,
Many can be found in Rutland, VT. They all travel in groups in brand new vans, and use unsigned credit cards to make their purchases. It’s unbelievable! Thank goodness the refugee program has been stopped for Pittsfield!

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Gigi
3 years ago

For now as long as Trump is in office. If we get another Progressive in a position of power again though it’s game over. They will pour in the most dangerous refugees.

Pat
Pat
3 years ago

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/surrey-home-raided-parsons-green-11184846

Sound familiar? This is what locals were trying to do here. Get families to take in lots of refugees. Anyone who was against it was called prejudiced and unkind.

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

Lucky for Pittsfield, look what refugees did for Dearborn MI, Sweden and Germany just to name a few nightmare locations. These people do not want to assimilate, they want to be catered to and expect everyone to bow to their beliefs. The disrespect for women alone is enough to make them undesirable.

Cosbies
Cosbies
3 years ago

God Bless our Refugees.

dusty
dusty
3 years ago

I would like to see a discussion of the new museum revelations. Did the city dig up another wonderful CEO from out of the area that perhaps is not so wonderful?

jake E. Lee
jake E. Lee
3 years ago

I am thinking Mayor tyer should hire Pat Muraca as the tyler st Revitalization ambassador. I’m pretty sure he has some sort of degree that makes him a viable candidate for this position. I am sure he could work wonders and get some investors on board to be able to pay for the new waste receptacles and maybe some more art work on the buildings.