Culture

Historic Salem (3)

To wrap up my account of a recent visit to the cultural attractions in Salem, Mass., I will think out loud about what made it a good day and what that has to do with marketing Lowell. First, everyone we encountered was pleasant and helpful, from the parking garage attendant…

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Historic Salem (2)

This post is a follow up to my earlier one about a recent visit to Salem, Mass., a place my family has been to many times. Rosemary and I try to get around the region in the summer especially, and a day trip to Salem is always a good choice.…

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Smith Baker Center Possibilities

On Facebook, some people on the Lowell Live Feed and Innovative Cities group pages have been writing about the prospects for renewal of the historic Smith Baker Center, a former Congregational Church dating from the 19th century, across from the public library, Pollard Memorial Library, on Merrimack Street. The City…

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Local Politics: A Story

In today’s NYTimes, opinion-writer Frank Bruni profiles an unusual politician, the long-long-time mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, Joe Riley, who talks about what makes a city tick, civic psychology, diversity, nonpartisan public administration, problem-solving, justice, the arts and excellence, and more. Read the column here, and get the NYT if…

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