Can MCLA contribute to Adams revival?

To the editor:

I have a question on when is the town of Adams going to "come back to life." When I was growing up, there were not a lot of stores and shops in the town but, there were more shops than empty spaces.

Now, 10 years later, I have noticed that there is a decrease in stores and shops and a huge increase of empty spaces. From what I remember, Columbia Street used to have a couple of barbers, four or five restaurants, and a few clothing stores. Now in 2016, there is one barber shop, only two or three successful restaurants and I believe there is only one clothing store which is a wedding gown store. The town also seems run-down compared to 10 years ago.

I know from looking at the census of Adams that the average age is about 45, which is on the older side, meaning there are not as many younger folks moving into the town.

I am a college student at MCLA and was wondering if there is anything that the students here can do to brighten up the town. I have noticed that the town only becomes active during the fall and winter seasons. In the fall, it has the Ramble and the leaves changing colors. In the winter the town only really becomes a town when the Thunderbolt races are going on. During the spring and summer months there isn't that much to do within the town for kids or adults.

Kyle Parada, North Adams The writer is a member of the MCLA class of 2018.