Charles Marohn believes that humans are basically wired to highly value immediate positive while discounting long-term negatives.
That's a well recognized and documented psychology. That explains why many people will eat poor food and sit down in front of a television rather than go to the gym. But Marohn's specialty is psychology. He's a civil engineer. So why was talking psychology in a room full of government officials and city planners?
Rural towns have their own challenges.
And now the state is taking a closer look at this issues. In 2015, the state Legislature created the Rural Policy Advisory Commission and this year the group has been on a listening tour to dig into those issues. On Thursday, the tour was in Berkshire County to get a better understanding of the issues here.
Thomas Matuszko of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission reviewed six possible planning projects the town can use grant funds to commission BRPC to execute and the board agreed to prioritize reorganizing zoning in the southern Route 8 corridor.