With the currrent talk about city charter change in the air, I am copying and sharing here my comment on Gerry Nutter’s blog from a few days ago for the rh.com readers who are following the developing community conversation around this topic:
Lowell is the envy of many cities of its size. Leaders from cities across the nation and around the world visit Lowell to see what has been accomplished since 1970 and to learn what tools and formulas enabled such success. The betterment of the city is an ongoing process, and Lowell will always be a work in progress, but we cannot overlook the strengths. One of the important tools in the community toolbox is the Plan E municipal government structure. This tool should not be undervalued in analyzing the Lowell revitalization narrative.