Saturday, June 15, 2024

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Peter J. Most

Peter J. Most is a member of the California, New York, and Massachusetts bars, practicing complex business litigation. He has been living with his family in Great Barrington since 2018, practicing law remotely.

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PETER MOST: Unwarranted

Let’s just say Great Barrington's understanding of contract principles, as articulated in a recent statement concerning the threatened litigation, remains mired in “that’s mine, not yours.”

PETER MOST: In defense of taxes

I have lived in places with fewer services and higher taxes, and let me say, Great Barrington’s model is preferred. We make up for what we pay in property taxes with fewer car alignments and tire replacements, greater livability, and enhanced property values.

PETER MOST: Housing small ball

“This is a way for people who would ordinarily be renting a house to own a house,” said Great Barrington Affordable Housing Trust Fund (GBAHTF) Board member Bill Cooke.

PETER MOST: Do the right thing and stop digging

Keeping in mind that when you find yourself in a hole, you should stop digging, wouldn’t it be wise for Great Barrington to cease distribution of any additional impact funds until it is established as a matter of law to whom the funds belong?

PETER MOST: Negotiation 101

The Mercers’ position is akin to the deep-sea fishing boat that brings its catch back to the lone fish dealer at the dock. Not selling a deteriorating asset is not an option for the fishing boat. The same goes for the Mercers’ deteriorating HWW.

PETER MOST: Stars not aligned

Is parent BHS trying to kneecap Fairview in an effort to bring its sibling BMC up to par?

PETER MOST: Great Barrington Selectboard Vice Chair Leigh Davis visits Beacon Hill to testify on the Affordable Homes Act

To loosely paraphrase Woody Allen, a town is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward (with housing), or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.

PETER MOST: Great Barrington localism

As far as I can tell, there is nothing inherently better about a local or unsuitable about a newcomer, but try convincing a local of that. At some point, locals and newcomers are indistinguishable—except to locals that is.

PETER MOST: Be it resolved

Let’s resolve to work together in Great Barrington for marked change in the year ahead.

PETER MOST: Fahrenheit 451–01230

It is not known if a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse in the area was conducted, but reports suggest that GBPD was unable to locate “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” perhaps because the book has been flying off of shelves for years.

PETER MOST: Housatonic Water Works’ double secret compensation

Let's agree that HWW’s water isn’t living its best life. The same cannot be said of HWW’s owners.

PETER MOST: For the sake of Great Barrington’s forlorn Price Chopper, let’s hope the third time is the charm

For Great Barrington to thrive, the town should support both small and large businesses.

PETER MOST: ‘As of right’ Now

Have you considered the lack of new construction of multi-family workforce rental housing in Great Barrington? Sure, existing structures have been and are in the process of being renovated and repurposed for rental housing, but there has been no new workforce construction in ages.

PETER MOST: Landlords’ cold showers

The simple tweak to the Massachusetts code proposed here would be to empower judges to make an equitable determination whether a de minimis defense should reasonably prevent eviction.

PETER MOST: Roiling waters

So let’s consider, then, what Great Barrington looks like in a climate changing world. More to the point, what does Great Barrington’s service economy, founded in multi-season tourism, look like in our climate changing world?

PETER MOST: Parochialism wins the day

It is fine to be close-minded, as long as you don’t imperil the educational opportunities for future generations. These election results were decidedly not fine.
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