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Editorial: Yes for Main Street Corridor Project

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You are needed Monday night at 7PM in Middle School for Special Town meeting:

Town Meeting can be an unpredictable forum – only those attending call the shots:
The article on easements requires only a 50% threshold to stop the town’s well planned and fully funded Main Street improvements.
Many important Town Meeting articles over the years have passed or failed by a SINGLE vote. Don’t let that ONE VOTE be yours – please show up to ensure the broadest community interest is represented!

Some highlights and links below:

Editorial: No for Downtown Corridor Project

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Merriam-Webster defines a legal taking as, “a seizure of private property or a substantial deprivation of
the right to its free use or enjoyment that is caused by government action ...” It is my opinion that
easements on private property, whether temporary or permanent, are a deprivation of the free use of
property, and are in fact, a taking.

Main Street Alliance will Discuss Our Petition to Stop Hopkinton's "Main Street Corridor" Project on WBZ AM 1030 Radio

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The Main Street Alliance is excited to announce that our story will be featured on Nightside with Dan Rea on Thursday, December 5, 2019, starting at 8 p.m.

Please tune in at 8 p.m. on WBZ NewsRadio, radio dial 1030 AM, or listen online at https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com. Rob Phipps and Jacqueline Potenzone will be Dan Rea's guests in the studio, and will speak about the Main Street Alliance's opposition to the Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project.

Editorial: Main Street Corridor Project Bike Lanes

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I note the following comment regarding the so-called ‘Main Street Corridor Project’ on the proponents’ webpage. “The project includes a bicycle lane in order to separate bicycle traffic from vehicle traffic flow, improving safety. Today, bicycles share narrow road space with moving and parked vehicles.”

As I have said, multiple times, I believe (and I am not alone) that the separated bike lane, as proposed, will NOT improve safety, so I make no further comment with respect to this portion of the claim.

Editorial: Main Street Corridor Project

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A recent letter writer noted that only a few parties in Hopkinton were having portions of their property taken for the Main Street Corridor Project. Well the writer may feel correct, but I suggest that having 3, 5, or 15’ of one’s ‘front yard’ disappear to pavement will effect one’s property value far more than the compensation being offered for the taking of ‘minor pieces’ of front yard; the major disappearing portion having been within the Town’s Right of Way.

Editorial: Main Street Corridor Project

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Little did we know back in 2010 that town officials already had a fate accomplished in mind with their premature submission of the 25% plan in order to establish Hopkinton`s place in the state funding queue for the Downtown Improvement project. The current level of Select Board grumbling over the Main Street Alliance`s successful Citizen`s Petition for a Special Town Meeting on December 9, reflects their frustration that another side of this story is finally being heard.

Editorial: Response to the Select Board

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Editorial Written by: Ed Harrow

I write in response to the Select Board’s Press Release of 6 November 2019.

Editorial: Main Street Alliance Delivers Citizens Petition to the Office of Hopkinton Town Manager regarding Main Street Corridor Project

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**This article was written by a group or person in the Hopkinton Community and does not reflect the views of HCAM or any of their Board Members or Employees.**

Today, members of the Main Street Alliance delivered our original citizens' petition to the office of the Hopkinton Town Manager, with a copy also hand delivered to the office of the Town Clerk. The petition has over 350 signatures. We will continue collecting signatures.

Editorial: Main Street Alliance Petitions to Stop Main Street Corridor Project

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Many people have asked us what we can do to stop the Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project as it is currently designed. Well, now is our chance to do something about it. Several downtown residents, business owners, and concerned citizens have formed the Main Street Alliance.

Editorial: Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project

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Dear Editor,

We would like to share some information on Hopkinton's Main Street Corridor project with our neighbors.

Four specific items that should be of concern to Hopkinton residents are as follows:

1. Town Common – the current plans will result in the loss of approximately 7,000 square feet of green space on the Hopkinton town common. In addition, several mature trees will be placed at risk.

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