Miss Emily and Lavinia
Although I'm sure it will not stop NIMBYs from attending the December 3 Planning Board meeting for one final pot shot at 1 East Pleasant Street, a five story mixed use (but mainly residential) development that will rejuvenate the north end of downtown, the last potential stumbling block seems to have been surmounted.
At last week's Historical Commission meeting the guardians of Amherst's historic past did not vote to oppose the (temporary) destruction of the Amherst Community History Mural attached to the Carriage Shops rear wall overlooking sacred West Cemetery.
Mike Hanke, Chair Amherst Historical Commission
Of course the mural will be reborn via the original artist, David Fichter and a crew of professionals to assist, unlike the original that used citizen volunteers. And this time he will not have work around ugly air conditioners jutting out from his "canvas".
The destined for demolition Carriage Shops abut West Cemetery to the south
Since Miss Emily was a bit of an introvert in her later life she would probably be amused at the turnout the Planning Board hearings have generated over the past four sessions on this age old controversy concerning growth and renewal.
Amherst Community History Mural (The sun also rises)