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Have you ever been to Lowell, Mass?

Considering a loft there - looks very nice - former mill area. Moving from Brooklyn in May. Job is in Cambridge but remote possible.

by Anonymousreply 54March 27, 2023 2:09 PM

I hang out in the woods and look for newcomers.

by Anonymousreply 1March 22, 2023 1:07 AM

Play your cards right and you could get Greg to cater your housewarming.

by Anonymousreply 2March 22, 2023 1:12 AM

If you are thinking of moving to Lowell, you should go all the way and just move to Athol.

by Anonymousreply 3March 22, 2023 1:40 AM

Lowell, Massachusetts

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by Anonymousreply 4March 22, 2023 2:13 AM

I spent a year there one week.

by Anonymousreply 5March 22, 2023 2:21 AM

The Fighter was filmed/set there.

by Anonymousreply 6March 22, 2023 2:23 AM

The crown jewel on the Merrimack Riviera!

by Anonymousreply 7March 22, 2023 2:24 AM

You do not want to move to Lowell. So many better places to live in the Cambridge area. If you are not sure that this job is definitely remote, the commute from Lowell to Cambridge will be hell.

by Anonymousreply 8March 22, 2023 2:25 AM

It's so bad not even the Boston Strangler would strangle victims there.

by Anonymousreply 9March 22, 2023 2:26 AM

My hometown!

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by Anonymousreply 10March 22, 2023 2:27 AM

A good place to buy heroin..err, fentanyl.

by Anonymousreply 11March 22, 2023 2:38 AM

Only the poor bother living in places like Lowell, Chelsea, and Everett. How the hell did that even get on your radar, OP? It's not even convenient to get there from Cambridge. If you're moving for a new job in Cambridge (likely Harvard, MIT, MGH, or the tech companies in Kendall Sq) then you can afford living in there or the Camberville border. No point living in Lowell and potentially commuting. There are plenty of luxury buildings in Boston and Cambridge. Newton Highlands and Brookline are also nice suburban areas that aren't super far out. Most housing in the greater Boston area sucks (i.e-old), so luxury buildings are the best way to enjoy city living. As for Cambridge trains, the Red line (Davis, Porter, Harvard, Kendall, MGH) is best or Green (Lechmere), if you prefer quick Boston access.

by Anonymousreply 12March 22, 2023 2:50 AM

r12, you are confused sir

by Anonymousreply 13March 22, 2023 3:03 AM

Once, briefly. An ex was obsessed with Kerouac, who was born there.

by Anonymousreply 14March 22, 2023 3:12 AM

Why not just move to Lynn where there are just as many shootings and drug crimes as Lowell, but it's so much closer to Cambridge.

by Anonymousreply 15March 22, 2023 3:26 AM

Ooops -- my bad, I meant Lawrence, not Lowell.

by Anonymousreply 16March 22, 2023 3:37 AM

Driving through Lowell is hellish. I only do it when I absolutely have to.

by Anonymousreply 17March 22, 2023 3:41 AM

Lowell is like custard pie.

No upper crust.

by Anonymousreply 18March 22, 2023 5:11 AM

They have amazing community opera.

by Anonymousreply 19March 22, 2023 5:13 AM

Isn't the dia foundation museum there, in the old singer factory? Yeah I've been there. I'd live there. I have a wistful longing for living in obscure towns with a hot bottom partner.

by Anonymousreply 20March 22, 2023 6:08 AM

Try Medford or Somerville or Arlington

by Anonymousreply 21March 22, 2023 8:17 AM


by Anonymousreply 22March 22, 2023 10:31 AM

What about Haverhill?

by Anonymousreply 23March 22, 2023 10:35 AM

My family used to attend the Lowell Folk Festival every summer as kids in the '90s.

A full weekend of international music, food, dance parties, parades, etc. throughout the city.

Good times!

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by Anonymousreply 24March 22, 2023 10:52 AM

Lowell has some lovely big Victorian houses. They are in the neighborhood where the mill owners lived. The trouble is, they’re in Lowell.

There is a country club in Lowell.

Lowell is also home (or was) to the Prince Spaghetti Company.

by Anonymousreply 25March 22, 2023 11:09 AM

I’ve be to Georgia, and California and sipped champagne on a yacht, but…

by Anonymousreply 26March 22, 2023 11:41 AM

This looks rather nice....

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by Anonymousreply 27March 22, 2023 11:47 AM

All you need to know:

"Compared to the rest of the state of Massachusetts, the city of Lowell is a low-income, minority community. According to the US 2000 Census, the city’s population was 105,167, compared to 6,349,097 in the state. Out of the total population, 4.2% of the city’s residents were African-American, 16.5% were Asian, and 14% were Hispanic or Latino. Comparing these high percentages of minority residents to the state as a whole, only 5.4% of the total state’s population was African-American, 3.8% were Asian, and 6.8% were Hispanic or Latino. The city’s 6.6% unemployment rate (out of the civilian work force) is higher than the state’s 4.6% unemployment rate. The medium household income in the city of Lowell is $39,192, compared to $50,502 at the state level. The number of families living below the poverty line in 1999 in the city of Lowell is 13.6%, compared to 6.7% of the families in the state as a whole."

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by Anonymousreply 28March 22, 2023 11:53 AM

And this is good old Boston, the home of the bean and the cod.

Where the Lowells speak only to Cabots,

And the Cabots speak only to God.

by Anonymousreply 29March 22, 2023 11:55 AM

[quote]Have you ever been to Lowell, Mass?

No, but being from Boston I have been to many Low Masses.

by Anonymousreply 30March 22, 2023 11:56 AM

I’ve not been there myself, but I confuse Lowell and its neighbor Merrimack Valley Lawrence. I’m sure they’re equally lovely.

by Anonymousreply 31March 22, 2023 12:08 PM

R22 There’s no “d” - it’s Meffah.

Lowell is one of Massachusetts’s “Gateway cities” - urban satellites of Boston where a lot of newcomers to our shores reside. If you like fat pinga and the fat pinga likes you, it could be heaven. If you like your catalytic converter and someone else likes it more, it could be hell.

There’s roughly hourly commuter rail service from Lowell to Boston and back but it doesn’t stop anywhere near Cambridge. The terminus is Boston’s North Station from which you could access the T Green Line subway service to Lechmere in Cambridge or Union Square in Somerville, both on one end of the Kendall Square area meaning a further walk of a mile or two if you’ll be in the MIT end of town or two or three miles if you’ll be in Harvard Square.

If you work in Cambridge, you want to live in an adjacent town unless commuting gives you joy because the traffic, whether vehicular, pedestrian, on public transit, or walking is pretty tough and unless it’s covered by your employer, parking is very expensive. Harvard charges its staff and faculty over $5000 a year for a parking space and that is a bargain in the area.

Parts of Boston (Charlestown, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm and Allston are close to Cambridge as are parts of Brookline, Watertown, Arlington, and Somerville. All are expensive places to live whether renting or buying but all are within a 30 minute commute, more or less, to Cambridge.

by Anonymousreply 32March 22, 2023 12:18 PM

What a dump!

by Anonymousreply 33March 22, 2023 12:53 PM

B. Davis was born there, she would know. Large Cambodian refugee population, too.

by Anonymousreply 34March 22, 2023 12:55 PM

Prince Spaghetti factory was sold.

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by Anonymousreply 35March 22, 2023 1:01 PM

Not a bad house.

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by Anonymousreply 36March 22, 2023 1:04 PM

These are not the nicest homes in Lowell, but they're not the worst, either.

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by Anonymousreply 37March 22, 2023 1:06 PM

Is this the town that had lots of child labor because their lithe little fingers were so good getting into all those intricacies of the weaving machines?

by Anonymousreply 38March 22, 2023 1:07 PM


Here’s to old Massachusetts,

The home of the sacred cod,

Where the Adamses vote for Douglas,

And the Cabots walk with God.

by Anonymousreply 39March 22, 2023 2:42 PM

Tagging onto R29

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. had both bases covered then.

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by Anonymousreply 40March 25, 2023 10:55 AM

Lawrence has more hot dick

by Anonymousreply 41March 25, 2023 12:32 PM

As if.

by Anonymousreply 42March 25, 2023 2:27 PM

Who is the dark hair guy in R40 clip with strange accent and speaks from side of his mouth?

by Anonymousreply 43March 26, 2023 4:14 AM

The HBO documentary "High on Crack Street" was filmed in Lowell. Not surprisingly, all of the players are dead or in jail.

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by Anonymousreply 44March 26, 2023 4:44 AM

Like I says, live and let Lynn. You won't come out the way you went in.

by Anonymousreply 45March 26, 2023 5:49 AM

No, it’s Lynn, Lynn, city of sin, you won’t come out the way you went in.

by Anonymousreply 46March 26, 2023 1:46 PM

Lynn, Lynn the city of sin

You never come out, the way you came in

You ask for water, but they give you gin

The girls say no, yet they always give in

If your not bad, they won’t let you in

It’s the damndest city I’ve ever lived in

Lynn, Lynn the city of sin

You never come out, the way you came in.

by Anonymousreply 47March 27, 2023 12:53 PM

Oh, Dear!

[quote] If your not bad

by Anonymousreply 48March 27, 2023 12:56 PM

Those old New England mill towns are fucking depressing. All of them. Yes - some beautiful old architecture...but very impoverished, lots of trashy people.

by Anonymousreply 49March 27, 2023 1:14 PM

Boston housing stock sucks cuz it's "old" -- haha. How old are You?

Brighton, Watertown or Newton would be pleasant. The Highlands have heated T shelters, for instance

by Anonymousreply 50March 27, 2023 1:24 PM

R12 A million for an empty lot? Those poor people?

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by Anonymousreply 51March 27, 2023 1:43 PM

R22 It's Meffah. The D is silent.

by Anonymousreply 52March 27, 2023 1:44 PM

R27, is the one bedroom in that apartment an oubliette?

by Anonymousreply 53March 27, 2023 2:05 PM

Nice use of 'oubliette', R53.

by Anonymousreply 54March 27, 2023 2:09 PM
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