Stu Arnett takes a look at how we can revive our hometowns and strengthen communities through economic development and fixing the ‘boo-boos’ of neglect that sometimes just require the right ‘Band-Aid’.
Manchester is a comeback community. It was up, then down and is now undeniably heading up. So when we started looking at Comeback Communities, Manchester was, is, and will be a great example of how it gets done right. READ MORE
In my field, I have some pretty good experiences, but some of that is from what did not work. From my good-fortune education opportunities, I’ve retained some knowledge and skills, but they, too, have a shelf life. I work with some real smart people, but they can only go so far making me look and sound like I have all the answers.
This week we take a look at 23 Amherst St., the former Rex Theatre, and more recently Club Liquid bar-pit. The City of Manchester – via the affiliated Manchester Development Corporation (MDC) – has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to buy-develop the site. The MDC did a good thing to acquire the property and offer it for redevelopment, or else it may have deteriorated indefinitely, as it is definitely a “challenging” property. Today I offer my 2 cents. READ MORE
Three colleagues – and three of their “wins” – are the focus of this tribute. Each win was toward a better future for their community, and was realized working alongside many others. Sadly, each of these good people left us in the past year. READ MORE
First, no place – no matter how perfect the place is for that imagined community-theatre-kitchen-homeless-shelter-yoga studio – will it happen if the money and markets are not there, and if the surrounding neighbors are calling 1-800-Lawsuit.
My job in this space on Manchester Ink Link is to bring examples of now-better places, and in my humble opinion suggest why they healed. Your job – distinguished reader – is to bring to my attention places that need healing, and we’ll see if we can suggest realistic Band-Aids. READ MORE