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This Is Framingham
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Getting direction

February 9th, 2012

I’ve posted about this before but for anyone who gets hopeless about downtown (I’m guessing similar to how the officer in the above photo feels) there is a fine group of people who are part of the Framingham Downtown Renaissance group that have put together a new website you can check out at
You can see their vision plan and documents, studies what upcoming plans and collaborations like the Farm Pond Initiative with FSU and participating the the Main Streets program, which focuses on revitalizing dowtnown areas.
It’s worth checking out and meetings are open to the public for those interested and can attend.
So although progress is slow, people (smart people) are working on making downtown a desirable place to go to.   I’ll be attending next month’s meeting and hopefully have something interesting to report.


  1. Wow, Michelle, that is quite a classic photo! Thanks for posting it!
    For readers, I was a member of Framingham Downtown Renaissance until I moved to Webster a year ago. There truly are a number of SMART people working in this group to make downtown Framingham a desirable place to go.
    One gripe I have about traffic signs and direction is with the STATE. When the state put up new directional signs on 126 in the Route 9 area, the new signs directing people to downtown called downtown “Framingham Center”. What they failed to take into account is that unlike 98% of municipalities in Mass., in Framingham the downtown is NOT called the “center”. Framingham Centre (note spelling) is the Edgell Road/Rte. 9 area near the State University. SO, some poor person without a GPS who is trying to get to, say, FIrst Baptist Church in Framingham Centre is going to wrongly be directed downtown.
    As alawys, Michelle, you’re going a great job with this blog!

    Comment by Rev. Bob Baril February 9, 2012 @ 8:03 am

  2. The downtown area will never be worth developing until the railroad no longer “derails” car traffic there. With 60 trains a day going through downtown, no one wants to drive through there if they can help it. Look at Wellesley with the bridges that go over the train tracks. Traffic is never disrupted, and they have a vital downtown. No matter what plans this group comes up with, until they prevent the trains from disrupting traffic by sinking the tracks or building bridges over them, nothing will save the downtown area–not wide sidewalks, spruced-up fronts on the buildings, nothing. It might have made a difference years ago, but it’s too late now. The horse has left the barn.

    Comment by Bunny Johnson March 27, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  3. I agree with Bunny J but the railroad project will never happen in our lifetime. We still need to make downtown a pleasant place with abundant parking and attractive. There are a ton of people that pass through each day and it is a transportation hub of metrowest. Right now its a filthy unattractive area and this should be unacceptable to every resident that pays such a high price to live in Framingham !

    Comment by FRANK g March 30, 2012 @ 11:13 am

  4. I miss the old days- this blog used to be fantastic!!!

    Comment by sal April 16, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

  5. Thanks Sal,
    I miss having fun and updating this blog too. I’ve been busy and times are tight financially so I don’t go out as much (I’ve got emails asking for restaurant reviews) and I just haven’t been motivated but I would like to get back to this so I will try!

    Comment by michelle April 17, 2012 @ 6:10 am

  6. Perhaps you could get some of your loyal readers to contribute content to take a little bit of the pressure off of you?

    Comment by Allyson April 27, 2012 @ 11:18 am

  7. Why don’t you update anymore, this is crap
    – Hi Matt, I’ve just been busy with other things. I’m sorry you’re upset by my absence but
    I hope to get back to it. Michelle

    Comment by Matt Deluca May 23, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  8. The neighborhoods surrounding downtown are full of cancer it’s like painting over rust, the businesses are geared toward immigrants (legal or otherwise), the volume traffic on 126 isn’t going to go away it backs up to rt 9 at any given time, if you grew up here you don’t want to go downtown or to to any of the town beaches anymore unless you want to feel discussed and out of place, I don’t know if lowering the tracks would help this but I won’t see it happening in my lifetime…

    Comment by D-INCARNATION July 22, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

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