The Garden Island

In our quest to learn from communities impacted by short-term rentals (STRs), we found Kauai, Hawaii. With most of the island in conservation, Kauai is a tropical paradise. It has a population of about 60,000 locals, 20,000 seasonal residents and 30,000 visitors (on any given day).  Kauai has long faced familiar pressures: a real estate …

Self-Preservation

The island, like much of the rest of the world, has had to make some significant sacrifices in the face of this virus. It’s really about self-preservation. Which got us to thinking: “What if Nantucket took to solving over-development and year-round housing as seriously as it has COVID-19?”  Over the long-run, is one kind of …

A different kind of positive…

Things look different this year and sometimes the word different can mean good or bad. If you were to go into town, you might shudder at the empty streets due to restaurants and stores being closed. In this case, the word different doesn’t feel so great. But a few local businesses are trying to adapt …

Lessons from the last economic downturn

We don’t want to downplay the severity of the current COVID-19 situation. It will likely be very difficult in the near term — we’re beginning to see that already with several cases on-island and the community bracing for more. The difficulty, especially economically, will continue with perhaps the third major economic crisis in the past …

Social (distancing) studies

These are unprecedented times, surely. The vast majority of us have had to change our daily routines and many of us are homebound. (Take the staff at ACK•Now, for example. We continue to work on projects together and see each other every day, but only through a 400 x 600 pixel window on our laptops.) Many …

Taking a long view on short-term rentals

In the process of doing what we do at ACK•Now, we dig deep into a lot of existing research and we talk to a lot of people. We ask them about the things they love about Nantucket. We explore challenges, including those that relate to growth and housing. And eventually, the conversation comes back to the …

Annual Town Meeting Goes Electric

Nantucket’s Annual Town Meeting will be different this year. Faster. Easier to vote. And worth attending for some who have stayed away. Here’s why.  Back in the day, when the population on Nantucket was much smaller, and “kids and dogs ruled the downtown,” according to one local native we know, it was easy for the community …

The Quietest Week of the Year

It’s winter school vacation week on Nantucket. A time when the island is the least busy. Least active. Least populated. Some of us truly enjoy the quiet of this time because it feels like winter in the 80s or early 90s. And for some, it’s a little too quiet. If you’re a year-round islander, or …

Island Life Survey Thoughts Part Two

Last week we talked about one of the takeaways in the recently released ReMain Nantucket and Nantucket Data Platform Island Life Survey, and this week we’d like to look at results that center around our sense of community. The basic finding is that 92% of year-round residents and 86% of seasonal residents agree or strongly agree …