POLL: What Grade Would You Give Westford?

Is Westford making the grade as a town?


Last night at the it was announced that the held by the town will give residents a chance to grade Westford in a slew of categories.

Today, Patch wants to help get you ready by asking you what Westford's grade is in one category....everything.

Vicky Geary February 01, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I'm giving Westford a B-/C+ and I am saddened by that. When we first moved to Westford 14 years ago, we did so because the quality of life here was great. Great people, great school systems, a beautiful town in general, close to shopping without it being in the town. Unfortunately, while growth is inevitable, Westford's growth has tarnished the town rather than elevate it. A large car dealership, the new "lifestyle" center, in-fighting about schools, reckless spending in the wrong areas and other projects have only served to diminish the quality of life here rather than enhance it by turning Westford into Framingham. The powers that be need to look at what made Westford a desirable community and focus their efforts there, not on building more buildings while others site empty, not increasing traffic flow without implementing improvements first.
Jim Jarvie February 12, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Hi Vicky, I share your concerns, which is why I am running for a seat on the board. This year the voters of Westford will have a choice to either stay the course or recognize that we can do better to preserve what makes Westford a great community.
Randy Winslow February 24, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I'm sorry Vicky, but a B-/C+ is an offensive grade and should be written as approaches expectations, working towards improvement, or meeting the improving evaluation style as set forth by ridiculousness of expectation.
Sam February 24, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Westford: A- Westford Elected Officials: F
Steven Sadowski February 24, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I think that the dye is cast in terms of 110. If one thinks that the development landscape is going to revert back to 1980, that is just not going to happen. I understand people like the days when Westford was a small town dotted with mom & pops, but there is no turning back now. The time to have prevented what is now 110, should've happened long ago. I think the question going forward is how to make 110 a successful corridor of commerce to benefit the town both financially and logistically. I look at towns like Hingham, which is comparable to Westford in many ways, and see how they handled the Derby Street Shops , as an example. I think the problem is that people here drive through towns like Chelmsford and Saugus and think, "Oh no, we can't allow Westford to look like this," but this is why we have a planning board, to insure that what will be built along 110 will be classy, stylish, have long-term viability, attracts clientele with disposable income (so other stores will benefit), and see what infrastructure can be gotten at the expense of the developers. I do believe we are getting a brand new fire station for free courtesy of Cornerstone. That is a lot of tax dollars that won't have to be spent by Westford.
Sam February 24, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Sure the Fire station is free but who do you think pays to staff it?
Dan February 24, 2013 at 09:55 PM
I would say F
Dan February 24, 2013 at 09:56 PM
And going downhill fast in most indicators I can use
Quakerboy March 24, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Great schools; strong police and fire infrastructure to ensure our safety; access to nature (by whatever name we decide to call it) and reasonable fiscal management. I'm delighted to have 'blown in' to this town with my family 25 years ago.


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