Gateway cities in Massachusetts
A series of Globe editorials on the mid-sized metropolises that dot the shores and heartland of the commonwealth.
Mass. gateway cities must tally up their tremendous assets and make the most of them. (Boston Globe, 12/25/10)
TWO MAJOR strands of Lawrences history are visible in the neighborhood right around City Hall: The many stores and cafes that cater to Latino customers underscore the citys 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)
THE SIGNS ON the cement facade of Springfields 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 citys premier address. (Boston Globe, 12/11/10)
FOR THE states 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)
A NEW COMPACT
THE COMMONWEALTHS 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)