“ArchitectureBoston” covers Gateway Cities

ABcover ArchitectureBoston, the quarterly published by the Boston Society of Architects, devotes its Summer 2009 issue to one of MassINC's favorite topics, the 11 Gateway Cities of Massachusetts. As editor Elizabeth Padjen writes, "These are cities that are open to entrepreneurship and reinvention: 'retooling' is not a metaphor in an industrial community; it's a way of life."

Included in the issue:

  • In "Gateway to the Future: Rethinking the Mill Cities of Massachusetts," MassINC executive vice president John Schneider writes about his hometown of Pittsfield and explains how the "Gateway Cities" concept came about.
  • "Hidden Assets" is a roundtable discussion on real estate development in places like Lawrence, Holyoke, and Springfield. (Condo developer Bob Ansin, the subject of a CommonWealth magazine profile in 2007, says, "These cities are man-made eco-systems that are once again in the right place in terms of the environment, immigration, the economy, and demographics..")
  • A collection of urban photographs by Holyoke middle-school students; an examination of Lowell's "post-industrial" identity; and an appreciation of Fitchburg's nationally renowned bicycle-racing scene.

Visit the AB website for the complete contents of the Gateway Cities issue.