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Old 07-21-2013, 05:35 PM   #101
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What happened to the Johnsonia in the end? Is it now vaporized? Still standing, half-demolished? Or will they actually try to stabilize and restore it?
It's a very empty grass lot. Very sad!!!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #102
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Ugh. From city's most beautiful building to grass lot to (probably) parking lot...
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:22 AM   #103
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second new major at FSU in 2 years. This time it is chemestry, last time it was Game Design. The school is on the upswing.

http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com...itchburg-state
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:57 PM   #104
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Fitchburg Art Museum doing some stuff. More intresting is the demographics info in the article. 40% of households in Fitchburg speak Spanish at home. Becasue of this all new signage in the museum is goign to be in both English and Spanish.

http://artery.wbur.org/2014/02/11/fi...transformation
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:04 PM   #105
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Fitchburg recently got disappointing news regarding the lot at Main and North Streets. (a lot reportedly owned by the nearby Fitchburg State University) It was planned to be built up with a 5-story building containing apartments on levels 2-5, and a CVS occupying the entire street level of the building...well, not any more! The developer has stated he could not obtain financing for the original project, and will now build only a one level CVS store. Doesn't surprise me, with the current sad state of our city.
Our roads are in such deplorable condition, that is is almost criminal! They rip up roads-citywide-put in new pipes/sewer lines/etc., then patch up where they dug. They do NOT do anything even remotely considered "paving". Even more ridiculous was a recent newspaper article explaining how great the cities' "pothole filler machine" is. (of which we have ONE machine) It seems that all potholes get filled ONE at a time, by the sole machine available to fix them! At that rate, hell really will freeze over by the time all potholes are filled, then with all that "frozen" ground, they'll REALLY have a pothole problem! (sarcasm everyone)
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:58 PM   #106
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Will some of you Boston people take the train out here to Fitchburg, and buy some property please? You could buy an entire building out here for what you'll pay for a studio condo in Boston!!!
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:37 PM   #107
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Will some of you Boston people take the train out here to Fitchburg, and buy some property please? You could buy an entire building out here for what you'll pay for a studio condo in Boston!!!
Not likely. The problem with Fitchburg is it's really kind of in the middle of nowhere and doesn't have any kind of economy. Further, it's an hour and a half into Boston via train.

Fitchburg has to compete with Worcester which has better access to Boston, a far more developed economy and for as much as people joke about it is actually not a bad place to live and raise a family.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:30 PM   #108
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Meddlepal: I am floating a proposal to the City of Fitchburg that we lease (?) our very own EXPRESS train-car, with the goal of making Fitchburg a quick train ride into/out of Boston. The reason it's 1 1/2 hours by train, is because it stops at way too many stops. (although there a few "express" trains already-but still too slow) This city is in dire need of something to bring it's downtown back into relevancy. There are an abundance of beautiful, old residential and commercial buildings just waiting for someone to bring them back to glory. Due to it's rich industrial history, there are a lot of "old money" homes with nice architechtural details. There are many with genuine Louis Comfort Tiffany/leaded-stained glass windows. It has a very nice looking downtown, with parking garages, a nice art museum, some highrise apt. buildings, a large university (Fitchburg State). All are within walking distance of a modern MBTA/commuter rail station, which is attached to a parking garage. When Fitchburg lost the General Electric Turbine plant, it lost over 900, good paying downtown jobs. (this hurt badly) That plant is now converted into a large, multi-use commercial/industrial space, with some jobs returning. But more jobs are needed. We have a large mall, 4 miles from downtown, with a MACY's dept. store, Home Depot, etc. Nearby Devens is booming with new jobs, including New England's first, full-fledged "Hollywood style" Movie Studio. Fitchburg is also home to Great Wolf Lodge, New England's new, premier indoor water park/over 300 room full service hotel. There is potential out here, but quicker train service into Boston is a must!
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:46 PM   #109
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Good to hear and yes us Boston folks are talking abt Fitchburg as itís cheap and not a bad commute by train or car , really is the last affordable place in eastern Mass yet still close to Cambridge/Boston job markets
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Old 11-27-2018, 11:42 PM   #110
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Meddlepal: I am floating a proposal to the City of Fitchburg that we lease (?) our very own EXPRESS train-car, with the goal of making Fitchburg a quick train ride into/out of Boston. The reason it's 1 1/2 hours by train, is because it stops at way too many stops. (although there a few "express" trains already-but still too slow) This city is in dire need of something to bring it's downtown back into relevancy. There are an abundance of beautiful, old residential and commercial buildings just waiting for someone to bring them back to glory. Due to it's rich industrial history, there are a lot of "old money" homes with nice architechtural details. There are many with genuine Louis Comfort Tiffany/leaded-stained glass windows. It has a very nice looking downtown, with parking garages, a nice art museum, some highrise apt. buildings, a large university (Fitchburg State). All are within walking distance of a modern MBTA/commuter rail station, which is attached to a parking garage. When Fitchburg lost the General Electric Turbine plant, it lost over 900, good paying downtown jobs. (this hurt badly) That plant is now converted into a large, multi-use commercial/industrial space, with some jobs returning. But more jobs are needed. We have a large mall, 4 miles from downtown, with a MACY's dept. store, Home Depot, etc. Nearby Devens is booming with new jobs, including New England's first, full-fledged "Hollywood style" Movie Studio. Fitchburg is also home to Great Wolf Lodge, New England's new, premier indoor water park/over 300 room full service hotel. There is potential out here, but quicker train service into Boston is a must!
Nice rundown. I think Fitchburg has a lot of potential for these reasons, but the distance from Boston makes it tricky and speedier transit is probably a must. That being said, as prices continue to rise in the closer in metro towns, more and more people are going to be moving to the "gateway cities"... so it'll happen, sooner or later.

I would also add that Fitchburg is close to Wachusett and all the beautiful apple orchard towns along Rt 117, as well... and it only gets more picturesque when you go further west or north, too.
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