1. Amherst Boasts Some Positive Transitions

    Amherst Boasts Some Positive Transitions

    Amherst is a community in transition, Paul Bockelman says — in some positive ways. The most notable change, obviously, was the seating of Amherst’s first Town Council last month; 13 members were elected following a change in the town charter last March that included a move away from the town-meeting form of government. “Some people who advocated for the charter change felt the representative town meeting wasn’t fully representative of the town and wasn’t nimble enough to address the issues that were facing the town on a daily basis,” said Bockelman, Amherst’s town manager. Other people, he ...

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    1. Some people who advocated for the charter change felt the representative town meeting wasn't fully representative of the town and wasn't nimble enough to address the issues that were facing the town on a daily basis.
    2. For college students, it's an interesting model where they get a cup of coffee every hour.
    3. It's not a stagnant town; it's a town of transitions, and not just because we have a new form of government.
    4. That whole complex rented up very quickly and is full.
    5. We want to create more excitement about being downtown.
    6. I think it really is a place where people want to come to raise their family, for lots of different reasons.
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