Vol. II No. 19 10/1/2021
Reader to Reader
The 2020 US Census data is now available and shows the fallacy of the arguments of those who want more development to encourage more residents to live in Stockbridge. First, contrary to their predictions and assertions, Stockbridge is one of the minority of towns in Berkshire County that actually gained population, both percentage-wise and absolutely. A common attribute is shared by all the towns that grew as much as or more than Stockbridge: they all held off big developers and fought successfully to maintain their small-town character. All the towns that yielded to big developers lost full-time residents or lagged behind Stockbridge. Lesson to be learned: if you want your small town to be attractive to new full-time residents, don't let it be ruined by big developments!
Charles Kenny MD
Very interesting analysis of census data. Thank you for this.
I love that the work of the Commission can get out to the public in ways it couldn't before.
Congratulations on making this happen, and most especially, on the one-year anniversary!
Thank you for all you and Shelby do for Stockbridge. (Karen Marshall is Chair of the Cemetery Commission)
Enjoying these updates. Thank you for the time and effort.
Aren't you nice, thank you
To Carole Owens:
I read your great article regarding the Town and compliance, enforcement. You are correct, many Town officials will not enforce the law. Or make residents compliant. They choose to keep tolerating the behavior into acceptance, which is beyond my understanding. These laws are here for a reason. Some residents choose to feel that these ordinances or bylaws do not apply to them. Or, that the bylaws are stupid and petty. If anyone attempts to ask certain individuals to be compliant, we then get attacked verbally and harassed.
Thank you. James Lawson
Thank you for your thoughts.
Video by James Steven
Moon river. Photo: Tom Farley.