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A DANGEROUS PRACTICE
A prominent Greenfield merchant
remarked this week on the hitching
post question, that he had long realized the danger of tying horses along
the walk in the busiest part of Main
street. He spoke of the careless
way in which many people leave
children in carriages in this location. On some occasions he had
gone out and taken children into his
store, where there were carriages
placed in this dangerous position.
Hitching posts on a main street are
well enough in the village stage of
a town's growth. Greenfield is practically a city to-day. Its position as
the center of a widespread outlying
country makes its retail trade abnormally large, exceeding that of
many towns much larger in population. It can no longer handle the
traffic resulting therefrom in the old
time rural manner.
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In this second of two articles from the Greenfield, Massachusetts, Gazette and Courier, the question of horses on the town's main street was once again addressed. The growth of Greenfield was dramatic in the last decades of the 19th and first decade of the 20th centuries. The town moved from being a minor market town to becoming a medium manufacturing center, the largest in Franklin County. Its proximity to rail lines, the Connecticut River, and central location led to remarkable growth. Main Street, the town's major commercial segment, grew from a row of frame houses interspersed with stores to becoming several city blocks of stone buildings, although none were taller than several stories. The commerce and traffic that this engendered filled the streets with traffic. The town chafed between its past - farmers and their goods - and its present as a commercial and manufacturing center.
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"A Dangerous Practice"
| publisher Greenfield Gazette and Courier
| date Aug 9, 1913
| location Greenfield, Massachusetts
| height 3.25"
| width 2.25"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Periodicals/Newspaper
| accession # #L02.082
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