Monday, November 11, 2013

Looking in on Lawrence, Massachusetts

Down but Not Out, a Polarizing Mahyor Concedes Nothing.  (The New York Times, 11/8/2013)

Excerpt:  It was different only a few years ago. Mr. Lantigua, 58, who was born in the Dominican Republic, grew up here as the city struggled with the decline of the textile mills for which it was built. He gained a reputation as a people’s advocate, and won a seat in the State House of Representatives, where he focused on constituent services. His 2009 election to the mayor’s office, in the throes of fiscal crisis and high unemployment, was celebrated as a victory for this city of 77,000 just north of Boston, which is more than 70 percent Latino (and 40 percent Dominican).

Lawrence, MA:  City of the Damned.  (Boston Magazine, February 2012)

Lawrence Public Library.   2012 circulation:  110,040.

From the Lawrence city budget

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