Letter: 'Design standards' not a good goal for communities

'Design standards' are not a good goal

To the editor:

I read with interest D.R. Bahlman's Oct. 13 letter regarding the Great Barrington Main Street reconstruction in which he wrote, "If nothing else, this helps assure consistent design standards from community to community."

Do we really want one-size-fits-all answers to our community infrastructure? Is what is appropriate for Boston and Springfield appropriate for Great Barrington and Mount Washington?

The writer cautions us not to complain. Well, if we don't make our feelings know they might simply assume that we like it! Europe, as is often the case, is far ahead of us in making sure that towns and cities are livable — no big lot stores, shopping malls and "miracle miles." On visits to Ireland, I always appreciate how people-friendly their towns are. We should do that here.

Also, there is no crisis in the U.S. Congress. There is a long overdue correction indicating the need for a multi-party parliamentary system as envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

R.B. Gorden Becket


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