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Amherst is a great town however it has very little racial diversity. I got a great education in Amherst as it also is surrounded by 5 fabulous colleges (Amherst, UMass, Holyoke, Hampshire, and Smith). It is right by the town of Northampton, which has plenty to do and great food!
The latest controversy on public school funding has really offset half of the community. Plus EMS services need to be improved drastically since it is a Five College area. Too many emergency calls with low staff makes me worry about general taxes and safety. I hope the town overcomes the challenges as my family and I love living here. It is a bucolic vision with the farmer's market, diverse population, and good restaurants. The small shops are staples in this community which really bring people together.
It's a good town, needs some more diversity! Good public schools, decent roads, thriving but little downtown.