Since the city went bankrupt in the 1990s, Boston’s neighbor to the north- Chelsea- has been seen as a down-and-out city. But new development is helping the city shed that reputation. As part of an ongoing series Where We Live, WGBH News has been exploring our changing cities and towns.
When Jared Bowen visited Fitchburg, the empty storefronts he saw on Main Street indicated an economy in decline. But despite the slump, many residents placed hope for recovery in Fitchburg State University, the area’s largest employer.
Lord's Department Store is the symbolic heart of downtown Medfield. You can go there to buy greeting cards, or Medfield memorabilia, or a one-dollar ham-and-pickle sandwich at the lunch counter in the back. In a big-box age, Lord's is a throwback — a term that applies to Medfield as a whole.
Fishing is no small matter in Gloucester — it’s big business. The Cape Ann Seafood Exchange can handle up to 40,000 pounds of fish a day, and the careers of the fishermen who haul that catch are of vital importance to the community.
Gloucester Harbor is quiet these days — a far cry from the thriving port that used to bustle from dawn to dusk. Most boats sit idle, confined by federal rules that limit when they can fish and what they can catch. And as Gloucester’s best-known industry struggles, the mood in the city is bleak.
Does the "American Dream" still exist in Massachusetts? A MassINC report has mixed news on whether residents feel secure and optimistic about their ability to achieve their goals. But perspectives change depending on where you live. In our second installment of the "Where We Live" series, which ran Nov. 14–18, 2011, WGBH News told stories of optimism, sadness, struggle and success from eight Bay State communities on 89.7 Boston Public Radio and WGBH 2's "Greater Boston."