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Posts by Steven Froias

Is property ownership in New Bedford about to get easier?

By Steven Froias Contributing Writer It’s unusual that a policy wonk makes like Batman, but MassINC’s Ben Forman swung into Gotham City – um, New Bedford – this week like a superhero with a wham, bam, boffo public policy plan that could be a game-changer for Gateway Cities* in Massachusetts. Forman is actually part of…

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Is it time to love Rte. 18?

By Steven Froias Groundworker-At-Large When it was completed in the early 1980s, The Standard-Times immortalized Rte. 18’s terminus at Cove Street with the headline, “Highway to Nowhere?” Partially designed to alleviate the traffic that clogged south end streets at quitting time, many of the mills and manufacturers in this area of New Bedford had shuttered…

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Tradition + Funk: A New Bedford Christmas

Fire engine rides with Santa from Custom House Square Park; the annual Christmas concert at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Acushnet Avenue; Deck The Windows downtown. They’re all nice – but what’s even nicer about a New Bedford Christmas these days is the amount of naughty there is around the yuletide. In fact, it’s…

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Screw your courage to the sticking place…

It’s been awhile since I did a YOUR WEEKEND round-up of select events in New Bedford – which used to be a regular feature of this blog. But since this weekend promises to be epic, I thought it a good time to jump back into the fray. I was also persuaded to revisit YOUR WEEKEND…

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A bit of Santa Rosa de Copán on New Bedford’s Acushnet Avenue

Here’s a story right out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. New Bedford native Jeffrey Pelletier was a volunteer worker in Honduras years ago. Unfortunately, Jeff’s desire to help ran a bit of ahead of his proficiency speaking Spanish. Therefore, within an hour of starting work at the relief organization, a supervisor paired him with a…

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Why the North End needs a Restaurant Week

I’m still waiting to get mugged. For the past few weeks, I’ve been walking up and down Acushnet Avenue signing up restaurants and eateries for the LOVE THE AVE & NORTH END RESTAURANT WEEK happening from Saturday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The event is part of a larger effort – an outgrowth…

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A Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World

A nice perk of being a writer and journalist is the opportunity to check things out before they are headlines. That happened last week when I got a preview of the Whaling Museum’s restored 1,275 foot long “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.” Originally painted around 1850, it was lost in an…

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New Bedford’s real parking problem

Studies have been done. Streetscapes have been ripped up. And parking garages have gone up, come down, then gone up again. Over the years, New Bedford has worked mightily to address its parking problem. In reality, there isn’t a parking problem. There’s a walking problem – as in Americans become neurotic when they can’t find…

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New Bedford Now: Coastin’ expands its reach

Most of us probably aren’t accustomed to hearing good news from the daily newspaper industry. Since the advent of the Internet era through the ascent of social media era, it seems like it’s been an unrelenting story of economic decline which in turn has meant less relevance for the municipal institutions which help define their…

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