Positive QOLs: food, trains
by Jody Reese
restaurants turned out for Taste of the Towns, a benefit held on Friday,
Hundreds of people
from all over Southern New Hampshire gathered to sample wines and dishes
from dozens of area vendors. A great fundraiser (in this case for the
Nashua Center for the Multiply Handicapped), this event also helps to
highlight how important food is to the development of a city.
In Manchester, not
only do we have great restaurants but we have great restaurants that go
the extra mile and participate in events like the Taste or their own
special events. For example, on Thursday, Oct. 27, Cotton will offer a
special menu of pumpkin dishes with proceeds going to help Kids Cafe.
This night gives both the chef and diners a chance to enjoy new dishes
and helps to make Manchester a vital food city.
types and the businesses that need them look for cultural infrastructure
as well as easy access to airports and low taxes. Thereís a reason most
research and development takes places in the San Fransico area and not
in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
While itís unlikely
that Manchester will ever become like Silicon Valley, it is reasonable
that Manchester and Southern New Hampshire can become a hub for research
and development type businesses. We have good schools, low taxes, easy
access to airports and beautiful scenery. Of course, we also have a
wonderful array of cultural infrastructure, including a great number of
like a thriving arts community or a strong local sports team, can help
get people excited about a city. The stateís economic development office
and officials in Manchester should include our foodie resources when
they develop marketing packages.
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In other quality of
life, news, earlier this week, a passenger train loaded with V.I.P.s and
politicians made its way to Manchester to spark interest in reviving
rail service to Boston.
It didnít get much
press, but still served as a reminder of the potential of passenger
service. Itís not so a few people can commute to work. Itís a long-term
infrastructure investment so that Manchester remains an attractive place
for creative economy types to flourish.
Access to Boston, a
world-class center of business and culture, through reliable passenger
service would be a huge selling point for the Queen City in future
decades. And it would be a boon, not just for Boston residents looking
north, but for those of us that already call Manchester our home.