I visited Greenfield recently and although there is a quaint and adorable New England charm to it, it seems to have been overrun with societies "less desirable". Shopping downtown was downright scary, hassled by the homeless and apparently mentally ill. I couldn't walk ten feet without being surrounded by a cloud of second hand smoke or dodging skateboarders, kids on bikes or a man walking with a traffic cone on his head. The sound of traffic peeling out, cars with no exhaust and constant blaring horns where only overshadowed by the frequent use of the "f-bomb" by the many, many street people who just loiter, ask passerbys for money or simply just hassle. I was later accosted by the nazi-meter maid, who is obviously out to independently finance Greenfield's town budget. You don't wait at a vehicle & ticket someone who is walking to the meter to put money in the second the meter expires. Never have I seen a meter maid so aggressive and rude (not to mention $10 for a ticket? Twice the price of NYC)
While I find Greenfield has wonderful little shops & fantastic restaurants, if this town really wants people to visit, stay, shop and mostly RETURN, they must clean it up. I remember Greenfield many years ago as a lovely town and while it has so many good attributes, they are hidden beneath filth and an uninviting downtown. The ghetto is not a destination place.
Is Greenfield working on cleaning this mess up? Seems to me the town people and local authorities need to get together and find a way to change the direction downtown Greenfield is heading.