Friday, February 11, 2005

Citizens' Voice

(Still working on the Waterfront Park posting. I might even finish it some day.

Citizen's Voice of the Day

"Dormitory worker housing is not a new idea. It was is a concept that existed during my grandparents' time around the big mills. The mill owner would provide housing, as well as a grocery store and other resources. The workers would slave all week in the mill, and turn around and give the money right back to the owner for room and board. There was never much left over, so the workers never had hope of improving their lives. Sounds familiar."
"If that guy on the bike does not stop riding by yelling 'avocado,' I am gonna knock him out with an avocado

The city where I attended high school, Lowell, MA, is noted for having used this model of company housing in the 1800's, when textile manufacturing was the principal economic engine of the city. Young women, many from Canada, flocked to the city to fill the jobs in the mills, and lived in such congregate housing. Some of the buildings remain standing today. They are a part of the Lowell Historical National Park, operated by the U.S. Park Service.

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