Gateway cities in Massachusetts

A series of Globe editorials on the mid-sized metropolises that dot the shores and heartland of the commonwealth.

From old factories to new hope

Mass. gateway cities must tally up their tremendous assets — and make the most of them. (Boston Globe, 12/25/10)

With carrots and sticks, state can improve cities’ governance

TWO MAJOR strands of Lawrence’s history are visible in the neighborhood right around City Hall: The many stores and cafes that cater to Latino customers underscore the city’s long-standing status as the “Immigrant City,’’ while streets named for Boston industrialists — Appleton, Jackson, Lawrence — speak to its origins as a planned industrial community. (Boston Globe, 12/18/10)

Housing plans for pricy Boston don’t fit gateway cities’ needs

THE SIGNS ON the cement facade of Springfield’s Chestnut Park Apartments are hardly welcoming: NO SOLICITING, NO LOITERING, NO TRESPASSING, VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED. And yet the 30-story tower, with views across the sun-dappled Pioneer Valley, was built in the 1970s to be the city’s premier address. (Boston Globe, 12/11/10)

Mobility means more vigor for state’s gateway cities

FOR THE state’s gateway cities to thrive again, they have to be within easy reach of the 21st-century economy. Extending commuter rail from Boston would help, but these cities also need a more ambitious strategy to restore their position as local transportation centers. (Boston Globe, 12/4/10)

State’s gateway cities need a new opportunity to flower

THE COMMONWEALTH’S “gateway’’ cities, the mid-sized metropolises that dot the shores and heartland of Massachusetts, wear their aspirations in their architecture. In these two dozen former factory towns and commercial ports, there are art museums with roomfuls of Hudson River School masterpieces, and train stations designed by the most famous 19th-century architects. (Boston Globe, 11/27/10)