1. With $200K MassDOT grant, Northampton mayor hopes to enhance downtown shopping experience on Main Street, calls it ‘a very specific response to COVID-19′

    With $200K MassDOT grant, Northampton mayor hopes to enhance downtown shopping experience on Main Street, calls it ‘a very specific response to COVID-19′

    In May, as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc throughout Massachusetts and the rest of the country, the city of Northampton was awarded a multi-thousand-dollar grant to aid the reopening process for many of the ailing businesses in the community’s most popular dining and shopping areas.

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    1. You go there on a weekend or even a regular weeknight, it seems like there's a lot of people that are taking advantage of the outdoor dining.
    2. With the recent news that many of our local colleges and universities are opting for remote learning, it's time for bold moves to ensure that Northampton is a safe and exciting destination for local recreation and commerce.
    3. The pandemic has created this economic situation that has really forced us to act quickly to reallocate space, because we're trying to create more outdoor seating capacity for restaurants.
    4. We will certainly be open to hearing feedback and try to address concerns that come up.
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