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Lowell Year in Review: 2016

Some observations from the past year Waterways Vitality Project Kicking off with a big meeting at Luna Theater on January 28, 2016 and led by Fred Faust and Paul Marion with great assistance from the city, UMass Lowell, the National Park, and other partners, the Waterways Vitality Project made huge…

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‘Oranges at Christmas’

This post was first heard as a radio essay on the Sunrise program of WUML, 92.5 FM, at UMass Lowell. Executive producer Chris Dunlap assembled writers in the area for the daily essay feature, a  popular component of the morning public affairs show. I have shared this essay with rh.com readers…

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Lowell Week in Review: December 18, 2016

City Council Round-Up A couple of discussions from last Tuesday’s City Council meeting are worth mentioning. The first was about the planned expansion of Lowell High School. Some preliminary cost estimates that had appeared the week before were so high that a sense of panic seemed to emerge in some…

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One Degree

One degree. That’s the temperature outside at 6 this morning, but there’s also a steady wind that makes it feel like 16 degrees below zero. School in Lowell has been cancelled because of the cold. The call came in last night at about 8 pm. Scrolling through the “Weather Closings”…

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Lowell Week in Review: December 11, 2016

Western Avenue Access Thursday night I attended a presentation at Western Avenue Studios by members of Lowell’s Division of Planning and Development, led by DPD Director and Assistant City Manager Diane Tradd, to update the public on efforts to connect Western Ave to Dutton and Thorndike Streets. Historically, the roads…

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Lowell Week in Review: December 4, 2016

City Council News There was no council meeting last week. It was cancelled because the preceding Friday, the day the meeting agenda is finalized and shared, was the day following Thanksgiving, and between the holiday and related early closures of city hall, it was unlikely that a productive meeting agenda…

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Lowell Week in Review: November 20, 2016

Walkability I often write about walkability. Making Lowell a more walkable city – and getting more people walking, biking, and using public transportation – would yield many benefits. Here are a few: Economic Development Last spring, GE (formerly known as General Electric) stunned many when it announced it was moving…

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