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Starting next month the city of Pittsfield will begin installing parking meters in heavily-trafficked areas of downtown.

Artist Stacey Healey paints a utility box on North Street in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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There is an effort under way in Pittsfield to beautify what some may consider necessary nuisances — large utility boxes. The inaugural Pittsfield Paintbox Project aims to spruce up the nine hulking gray boxes with colorful images and discourage vandalism downtown.

Annie Golden of Broadway Bounty Hunter performs at Barrington Stage Company's new headquarters.
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A decade after moving to Pittsfield, Barrington Stage Company continues to expand its footprint in the city.

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The city of Pittsfield is among a group of 26 communities recently awarded a grant designed to revitalize neighborhoods through healthy food-oriented efforts.

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With spring upon us, a handful of area farmers markets and gardening groups are in the running for grants to help them expand their programs.

Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn points out the police station to Gov. Charlie Baker's Community Affairs Director Hodari Cail. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is on the right.
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Mayor Linda Tyer led Governor Charlie Baker’s community affairs director on a tour of downtown Pittsfield Thursday, showcasing bright spots and pointing out challenges for the western Massachusetts city.

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The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is extending into the winter, making it the only year-round market in Berkshire County.

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The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is offering low-income senior citizens and WIC recipients double their money at the weekly fair.

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Pittsfield’s four-story Hotel on North is set to open Monday complete with a restaurant, bar and retail store.

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This summer, if you break parking laws in the city of Pittsfield, you’ll have to shell out more to cover fines.

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Pittsfield’s street festivals known as 3rd Thursdays are being revamped this year in hopes of highlighting downtown’s permanent fixtures.

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Community leaders and members of the media toured the Hotel on North construction in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts Thursday.

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Two economic development agencies in Berkshire County, Mass. are under new leadership.

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The construction of a boutique hotel touted as a key part of revitalizing downtown Pittsfield, Mass. has caused two neighboring restaurants to close while work is ongoing.

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Pittsfield is looking to engage and use its teenagers to create a vibrant downtown and atmosphere for youth.

The city of Pittsfield is reforming its youth commission, inactive over the past five years. Pittsfield is seeking applications from teenagers 14 to 18 to serve on what could be a 21-person committee, according to Mayor Dan Bianchi.

“The youth commission is intended to bring the thoughts of young people to light and give them a voice in government,” said Bianchi.

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The city of Pittsfield is looking into collaborative options for police foot patrols in its downtown.

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Designers have released plans for the next phase of Pittsfield’s downtown reconstruction.

Jon Dietrich of the firm Fuss & O’Neill is heading up Phase 3 of Pittsfield’s Streetscape Master Plan, which began in 2005. 

Barrington Stage Company's 10×10 New Play Festival is part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, returning to downtown Pittsfield for the third year from February 13-23, 2014. From theatre to art shows to live music, 10×10 warms up the Berkshires winter with hot new performances, art and more.

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Plans for a boutique hotel in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts are being well received by the community.

A project that has been envisioned for the past seven years is quickly garnering support. More than 60 people showed up for the hotel’s announcement on the same day the city’s community development board granted special permits giving the go-ahead for the project. Laurie Tierney is the manager of the real estate company MM&D. She and her husband own the selected buildings on North Street in the heart of the city’s downtown.

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The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts is taking a look at how it can improve parking downtown.

The city is undertaking what it is calling a “sustainable parking management study” to make parking an asset, not a barrier, for the downtown. The city’s Community Development Coordinator Doug Clark says the study will look at the parking supply and demand as well as how the city manages its parking.

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The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts is looking to expand its business options for its downtown area.

The city council recently approved an ordinance to the city’s Downtown Arts Overlay District that allows for more mixed use. The zoning ordinance now allows for the manufacturing and distribution of food and beverages including baking and brewing along with cheese and wine making. City Planner CJ Hoss says this opens the door for micro food and beverage businesses popping up in other downtown areas.

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During a visit to the Berkshires Tuesday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced nearly $4 million in infrastructure funding for Pittsfield.

Governor Patrick announced the state will give $1.7 million to aid in the $2 million completion of Pittsfield’s First Street Common. Patrick was the keynote speaker at a luncheon of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

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Massachusetts state representatives toured Pittsfield meeting with city officials to discuss area development and challenges.

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Tonight’s 3rd Thursday is the last of the year in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Pittsfield’s upcoming 3rd Thursday will showcase the best of Berkshire County’s science and technology initiatives.

“There’s going to be robots, rockets, rocket launchers, an air cannon, and one of my personal favorites, the Mentos and soda-pop experiment," said the city’s Cultural Development Director Megan Whilden.

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The food truck craze has caught on in the Berkshires, but in Pittsfield, not everyone is happy with downtown’s new menu. Even though there are only two food trucks operating in Pittsfield, they are stirring things up in the downtown area. City Councilor and Chair of the Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee, Melissa Mazzeo, says there is nothing on the city books in terms of how and where food trucks can operate, but they are increasing in popularity.