What? Where? What have we been missing?


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What? Where? I’m so confused.

Episode #5 explores what we’ve become, where we are, and how we stop missing out on all the cool stuff from an economic development and planning standpoint. 

In Episode #5 We focus on local politics… or rather on the intersection between politics, urban planning and the decisions that made us who we are today and will shape what we become for better or worse.

We try to unpack the proposed apartment compex slated for 525 Parker St. in Ward 3 (Gardner, MA) former home to GEM Industries.  We explore what some of the neighborhood thinks about this project and the possibilities for the right kind of transitional housing for young professionals, so dearly needed in our community.

Please remember folks, this project is in the early stages of concept and development.

And speaking of development, we touch upon a multi-faceted approach to improving economic development, planning and citizen engagement necessary for our future growth.  This lead SMG to recount the work of Christian Gibbons and his concept of Economic Gardening.

But this was had only after hearing from newly re-elected state rep Jon Zlotnik who recently spoke to the Greater Gardner Rotary Club regarding downtown development, housing needs and the state budget status.

Get Involved!  Click Here for information regarding the next city council meeting regarding the 525 Parker St. development: 

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Scotts on the Rocks Politica is a political-centric broadcast featuring the two Scotts.  Scott J. Graves is a politically conservative pundit and Scott M. Graves is a liberally minded political junky. Together they prove why you and I have more in common and that we’re better together than torn asunder.

Their weekly podcast will feature a careful examination of a topical political story from a national and then local perspective.

If you appreciate local journalism with a global reach, if you want to cut through the BS and get right to the heart of the matter where it counts for your family our show is right for you.


 With that in mind we’re launching an initiative we’re calling M The Media Project. This is a service of SMGraves Associates and over the months and years ahead we’re hoping to experiment with a variety of mediums, financial models and service delivery methods to deliver important news to a regional audience.  

It is our hope that we will create successful media services companies, incubated right here in central Massachusetts that have the potential of becoming replicable.  

The stakes for our society are too high for us not to take this endeavor on.  There are too many capable journalists across the country willing to take part in new and successful business enterprise dedicated to the smart delivery of local political, social and cultural stories.  The stories that tell us who we are and who we desire to be.

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