June 4, 2008

Framingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets June 10

The Framingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee's next meeting is Tuesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room 1 of the Memorial Building (Town Hall), 150 Concord Street. Looks like the main item on the agenda will be a working session to review draft chapters of the new Framingham Open Space and Recreation Plan that are relevant to pedestrians, hikers and bicyclists.


  1. Hi folks,

    I just wanted to make sure you were aware of my new book, Leisureville, which Jim Kunstler and Andres Duany blurbed for the back cover. It is about the proliferation of age-segregated retirement communities for people in their 50s and 60s. Children may visit, but their guest passes time out much like international visas, after which time they are basically reduced to the status of human contraband. In the book, I trace the history of this phenomenon to the Arizona desert of the 1950s, as well as profile the world's largest gated retirement community in Florida. It's called The Villages and it is nearly twice the size of Manhattan, will have a population of more than 110,000, and no children are allowed. The growth of leisurevilles represents nothing less than a revolution in our societal living arrangements as well as the intersection of many themes that define us today: manufactured leisure and convenience, segregation, escapism, sprawl, fortressing, government by contract, and more. Twelve million Americans are expected to move to leisurevilles in the coming decade or so, and that's a very conservative estimate. This is not a sunbelt phenomenon -- the majority of leisurevilles are now being built in the North, outside major cities like San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.

    Below are two reviews from the New York Times Sunday Book Review, and The Washington Post Book World. (You can read the full reviews by hyperlinking on the newspaper titles.) You can also learn more about Leisureville by visiting my website: www.andrewblechman.com.

    Best Wishes,


    Fascinating…. Secession movements are an American instinct, and Blechman sees one afoot in the migration of young, well-off retirees to the land of golf and sunshine…. If you are squeamish at the thought of people over 55 socializing, having sex, drinking, smoking pot, line dancing and saying they are happy with their lives, avert your eyes now…. Blechman disappears down the rabbit hole.
    — The New York Times Sunday Book Review

    After reading Leisureville, the first thing I have to say is: Listen up.
    — The Washington Post


  2. The proper thing for Andrew Blechman to do is to send the book to Sharon to review, rather than resort to Comment Spam. His post has nothing to do with the topic.

  3. You are absolutely right. I'm new to this and easily perplexed by blogs. I've just started my own, so I'm slowly getting the hang of it. I'd love to send Sharon a book to review. What's the best way to contact her?

    You can email me directly at: leisureville@mac.com

    I apologize and thank you,