1. Clean parks and walking paths. In recent years, residents (like Pat Conaway) have been working to clean up the town's walking trails to make them more pleasant. Residents want to keep these trails clean and would love for you to use the designated trash and recycling bins around town instead of dumping cans and trash in the woods.
2. A revitalized downtown area. The Economic Development Committee has been working with others in town to help turn Natick's downtown area into the place to be. Businesses have been lengthening their hours and working together to draw the nighttime crowds and invite new businesses.
3. An indoor play space for children. Recently, we posted a photograph of an empty space for lease at 127 West Central St. in the same plaza as Pizza Peddler and asked readers what they would put there give the choice. Several residents responded on Facebook and on our site that an indoor play space for kids would be the perfect fit—something to keep the kids entertained while parents used the wifi to get some work done.
4. More coffee shops with wifi and plugs. While spending a great deal of time in Starbucks and Panera doing work, I've noticed no matter where or when you go, there are never enough outlets for everyone trying to get work done. Where there are plugs, the wifi can be spotty like at the Bakery on the Common. While this might be a minor inconvenience for some, for those that work from "home", that kind of thing seems to ruin a lot of people's days.
5. Less traffic. While this may be impossible to fix, we certainly like to complain. With traffic by the Natick Mall (especially this time of year) and along Route 27, 135 and well pretty much everywhere during rush hour, you can't help but wish for just one second Santa could bring you just a little less traffic.
Do you have another idea for what Natick would like for Christmas? Tell us in the comments section!