Is Lawrence "Damned?"
Lawrence, Massachusetts is one of the state's most financially troubled cities. The city's controversial mayor, William Lantigua, failing schools, and widespread crime were recently chronicled in a Boston Magazine article entitled "Why Lawrence, Mass. is the City of the Damned". The article provoked a strong reaction from those who live in the city. Residents and city officials say it's time to push past these sensational characterizations. We'll explore Lawrence and all its parts: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Jay Atkinson, journalist based in Methuen, Mass., author of City in Amber, lecturer in journalism at Boston University. His latest piece for Boston Magazine is Lawrence, Ma: City of the Damned
Daniel Rivera, Lawrence City Councilor, read his response to the article.