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Where We Live: Election 2012 in Massachusetts Cities and Towns
WGBH goes inside Massachusetts cities and towns to ask real people what issues are stake during this election year. Do we feel more secure today than four years ago? Is government working for us or against us? Are the candidates speaking to what’s important to us?
In this edition of Where We Live, we visit families and businesses in Fitchburg, Gloucester and Medfield, three bell-weather communities that represent a diverse range of regional, economic, and political interests. Each community is also at the center of a contested congressional race on Nov. 6.
Where We Live runs on Greater Boston, 7 p.m. on WGBH 2:
Gloucester remains one of top 20 fishing ports in the country, but declining fish stocks and new federal quotas are taking a toll on the industry. Adam Reilly talks with several Gloucester residents about the role of government in keeping their industry healthy.
WEB EXTRA: A fisherman sings about life on the briny sea.
With the decline in traditional manufacturing, the city has increasingly turned to Fitchburg State to help drive the economy and rejuvenate its historic downtown. Jared Bowen speaks to local business owners about the importance of the public university to the city’s vibrancy and prosperity.
WEB EXTRA: One local business owner talks about economic conditions in Fitchburg and what the local university means to his business.
Once a rural farming community, Medfield has developed into an affluent residential community with a reputation for excellent schools. But the town is now wrestling with questions about development and housing that may permanently change its character. Adam Reilly talks with town residents about which senate candidate might get their votes.
WEB EXTRA: Town historian Richard DeSorgher talks about some of Medfield's historic offerings.
We’ll share our findings as we discover what matters — where we live.