Photo, Film and Food

Downtown Holyoke is buzzing with creative activity – talent from across multiple disciplines have found the factory spaces and canal-lined streets the perfect place to cook up thier art.

PHOTO – On Saturday March 8th, approximately a dozen photographers and models traveled from as far as New Haven to Holyoke for a fashion-photo meet-up organized by photographer/model Stephanie Wohlers on social media.  Local studios Jeffrey B Photography (80 Race St.) and Paper City Pictures (62 Main St.) opened their doors to allow for ...

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Envision Depot Square kicks off with event October 13

With passenger rail service returning to Holyoke, The UMASS Architecture and Design Program is kicking off four community organized events to provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about what that means for economic and community development in their neighborhood.  A Pop-up Block Party will be held on Saturday October 13th, 2012 from 4pm-9pm at the corners of Main and Dwight Streets as a kick off event. The next three events will each cover a different topic relating ...

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Canalwalk second phase urged for 2013

On July 11, 2012 the Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a public hearing at the City Council Chambers to discuss the designs and projected timeline of Holyoke’s second phase Canalwalk. The hearing, which had roughly 40 audience members in attendance, featured a presentation of the project design by the City’s consultants, VHB Inc., and supportive comments from the public whom urged construction to start in 2013.

State and City officials are currently working on a project timeline that will ...

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Designs for Downtown Infrastructure Move Forward, Get Funding

Holyoke took two important steps towards designing public infrastructure improvements in the downtown canal district in June.

First, City Council approved $150,000 to complete engineered drawings for the Transit Connections Project, which will improve pedestrian, bike and vehicle access along Heritage, Front and Dwight Street areas. The project will help connect the Holyoke Transportation Center to the future passenger rail stop on the bottom of Dwight Street and to the Canalwalk, as well as improve the walking environment within ...

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