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Easthampton Deserves Better

As mentioned in the Elusie Gallery page, current exhibitor at the Gallery Marty Klein is also an environmentalist and advocate for open spaces and smart growth. Longtime member of the PCT (without which there probably would not be Art in the Orchard), he recently formed the coalition Easthampton Deserves Better, to raise awareness and address concerns about the “Sierra Vista” development where Tasty Top used to be. This is what Marty has drafted for the homepage of the coalition’s website (not live yet):

Easthampton Deserves Better
We are the Easthampton Deserves Better coalition (EDB). We are business and property owners, professionals, neighbors,
conservationists and others who share concerns about the proposed development (Sierra Vista Commons/SVC)
on the 33 acres behind the former Tasty Top.

To be clear, we support smart growth, economic development, increasing our affordable and other housing stock, childcare and environmental protection.

We are not NIMBYs (Not In My Backyard) but we do believe this proposed development could be so much better than what is currently planned. It will be months before it gets approved by the City.
If you care about the future of Easthampton, we urge you to take notice and get involved.

Our mission is to sift through the complex mass of information about the project and
to share what we learn with you, so you can keep up with what’s going on.
We are also developing alternative visions for this development than what has been proposed.
We believe that development and land conservation can coexist when we all work together to create a plan
that works for all of us, not just for the developer.
Let’s work to make smart growth truly smart.
We welcome your participation to help us accomplish our mission.
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