Police oversight and building committees fill the agenda for the Charter Review Committee.

When we last left off with the Charter Review Committee, the plan for their Nov. 23 meeting was to tackle Articles 6 and 7 of the Greenfield City Charter. However, they only got through part of Article 6, which lays out the structure, powers, and responsibilities of the city’s various departments, boards, and commissions. The…

The City Council partially reverses itself on Accessory Dwelling Units.

Also on the agenda for the November 18 City Council meeting was yet another revisitation of Greenfield’s Accessory Dwelling Unit zoning ordinance. What’s the issue? For the full backstory of Accessory Dwelling Units in Greenfield and the ongoing discussion of them around town, check out this post. If you just need the tl;dr1 version, an…

Should Greenfield landlords be required to have vacant rental units inspected?

A significant portion of the Appointments & Ordinance Committee’s November 11 meeting was devoted to a proposed ordinance that would require vacated rental units in Greenfield to be inspected by the Board of Health before they can be rented out to a new tenant. Under the proposed ordinance, if the BOH finds the unit to…

It seems like millenials and seniors are looking for mostly the same stuff in downtown Greenfield.

It seems like millenials and seniors are looking for mostly the same stuff in downtown Greenfield.

Following the publication in The Atlantic last week of Alana Semuels’ article about Greenfield and its fight against big-box retail, I have a bunch of interesting conversations and debates on the topic. I shared a Facebook post by Precinct 7 Councilor Otis Wheeler responding to the article. According to Otis, What if the prominence of…