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October 23, 2013

Herzog favors open waterfront, improving transportation

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“We also know that New England Development allegedly wants to build a hotel and parking garage across from Horton’s Yard. Further, we know the Custom House Maritime Museum wants to expand into their rear lawn,” he added.

“With various stages of development for these areas, the majority of people I’ve met on the campaign trail do not want to build on NRA land. I agree with them. I support an open central waterfront.”

What can be done to improve the schools?

Herzog said, “The City Council’s Joint Education Committee is ordained to ‘be concerned with the activities and policies of the School Committee and act as liaison between the School Committee and the City Council on issues of education and school finances.’ Yet, when the council recently was tasked with approving Community Preservation Act action involving high school exterior masonry, neither the Budget and Finance committee nor other councilors present were aware of the issues.

“The Joint Ed committee should meet regularly with the School Committee, perhaps for 15 or 30 minutes before School Committee meetings on a monthly basis,” he said. “This will strengthen ties between the two boards and empower us with foresight to better work with the budget and to adequately suggest improvement mechanisms to the mayor.”

What would be a special interest for you if you are a city councilor?

“Transportation will be a priority. We need to investigate launching a citywide shuttle service, because taking an MVRTA intercity bus from downtown to Port Plaza is inefficient. Let’s partner with bike shops to install bicycle rental stations throughout the city (similar to Boston and Cambridge). Would Zipcar come here? Many residents agree with me that constructing an electric trolley would be awesome.

“In the short term, and for small money, we need to create a brochure that includes transit options, access points, phone numbers and websites, rates and carbon footprints. In the longer term, we need to set into motion a seamless transit grid to make it a cinch to connect people from the train station to downtown and the beach with minimal city resources. I will work to raise funds to hire an economic development director to, among other things, fix our transportation obstacles.”

 

 

 

 

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