I used to spend a lot of time walking the streets of Amherst, MA back when I worked as a sales rep for the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Last night my son Sam and I drove over to the college town to see what was new, after a good dinner at the restaurant that was known as Amherst Chinese until about four years ago…now it’s Formosa, but the atmosphere and the food is mostly the same. Our tour began after dinner as we gawked at this gigantic apartment building going up on Spring Street, across from the Inn on Boltwood.
We walked up South Pleasant Street and most of the stores were the same, but as we crossed over to North Pleasant we began to see the new entities popping up.
One of the most popular places in downtown Amherst we discovered is The Spoke, where students stand in long lines waiting to get in. At one time the uptown bars like the former Delano’s were the hot spots, but this and the former Lit bar have taken over.