Monday, August 13, 2007

Welcome to the Downtown Lynn Blog

I am a new resident to downtown Lynn. I've been here for about a year now. My parents were born here and often tell me of what used to be. I see it coming back. I have hope for my property value. I think others out there do as well. I figured I would put this blog together to try and get the community talking about what's happening, and what's next. Rumors, gossip, news, etc. Bring it on.

Being here a year now, I just attended my 2nd Meet Me Downtown. As always, I was very impressed with Imaginary Beasts (formerly Iron Rail Stage Co), based out of Lynn Arts. The vendors were more numerous and there was a lot more for my nieces to do. It was a great day for downtown Lynn.

But, now the tents are down and we're still waiting for the new Boba Tea Cafe at 27 central to start work on that location. What about all the other empty storefronts? When and what is coming? Anyone hear anything?

Downtown Bistro is fantastic. If it was a little cheaper, I'd be there every single week. Because of it's price, I've gone once and will go on another big occasion sometime in the not so distant future. Why can't these restaurant owners figure out we have just enough money to live in Lynn. It's why we live here. Give us a great Bistro at Chili's prices, and you'd make a fortune.

Tis all for now. Don't know where this blog will go. I do own a condo in a Mayo building, so I'm sure I'll go there at some point. They do suck, as Lynn Lofts, the Skinny has made obvious.

Hope this can become a site where we can brainstorm on what we can do for our community and at the very least rant and rave about the good and bad.



  1. feel any different today since your 1st post?

  2. What a fantastic question!

    I do!

    At the time of this post, Dunkin, RAW and Omar & Oscar were our only storefronts in Central Square. We now have Flavaz ice cream, a candle shop, a fitness center / karate studio, and Turbine Wine Bar. The overpriced Bistro on Oxford St. has since been replaced with a reasonable and even better quality restaurant in the Blue Ox.

    We have an open and forward thinking Mayor in Judith Flanagan Kennedy. We have a new Ward 5 councilor who is extremely active in the community in Brendan Crighton.

    We used to have a prostitution and a car break in problem. Prostitution seems gone (or at least out of the way) and break ins seem few and far between.

    Lynn Auditorium has opened it's doors and has hosted many fun events including Foreigner, The Boston Pops and Bill Cosby. LynnArts is thriving with the the help of Susan upstairs and Jocelyn at TLGUTS. The Lynn Museum has become a much more active participant in building the downtown community.

    I still hate the Daily Item and that's only been made worse by their irresponsible headlines during the election season this past year.

    When I started this blog I had zero readers (you being the first to comment on this post for example). For the first few years I had about 3 readers a day and I think I knew two of them. Today, there are almost 100 unique visitors a day and all of them actively debating with one another. I think there is something extremely powerful in that and I think this blog and others like it are just the beginning of a new energy in Lynn.


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