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Does the "American Dream" still exist in Massachusetts? A MassINC report has mixed news on whether residents feel secure and optimistic about their ability to achieve their goals. But perspectives change depending on where you live. In our second installment of the "Where We Live" series, which ran Nov. 14–18, 2011, WGBH News told stories of optimism, sadness, struggle and success from eight Bay State communities on 89.7 Boston Public Radio and WGBH 2's "Greater Boston." Here you can follow us through the state — and tell us about your hopes, fears and dreams for the future.

MAPPING OUR JOURNEY
Where We Live: Recapturing The American Dream

Where have we been? The red pins mark our November 2011 stories. The blue pins mark previous coverage. Click a pin to get to the complete tale. View a larger map.

Where YOU Live

We want to hear about the American Dream in your town and life. Are new industries starting? People moving in, or away? Share your story.

Broadcast Schedule

  "Morning Edition"
around 7:30 a.m.
"The Emily Rooney Show"
12:00 p.m.
"The Callie Crossley Show"
1:00 p.m.
"All Things Considered"
around 5:30 p.m.
"Greater Boston"
7:00 p.m.
Monday 11/14  Provincetown  Income Inequality  Town/Gown  Burlington  Norwood
Tuesday 11/15  Burlington  Achievement Gaps  Springfield  Provincetown  Chelsea
Wednesday 11/16  Worcester  Homeownership  Worcester: Tech/Homes  Lawrence  Attleboro
Thursday 11/17  Lawrence  Retirement  Jane Jacobs  Worcester  Upton

Bob Seay's wrap-up runs Friday, Nov. 18 during "Morning Edition."

Where YOU Live: Featured Stories

We're featuring your words, photo and video — stories and memories from your town. To submit your own, use the form. Click to see more of your stories.

'Always Christmas' in Georgetown
submitted by Terry and Rick Palardy
"Rick started making wooden ornaments for gifts back in the mid-‘70s...  we are living our happily-ever-after years, right here near the center of town, where we can walk to everything basic when we, too, reach the age when we can no longer drive. I just published a book."

 


Norwood: Going Local And Sustainable
submitted by Susan Clare
"Our nonprofit, launched this year, is dedicated to sustainability and community building in Norwood. Our grassroots efforts are aimed at getting 'small and local.' We are becoming a presence in Norwood, and wish to see the town viable and sustainable for all residents and businesses."

Where We've Been: Featured Stories and Complete April 2011 Coverage

ASHLAND

Growing Immigrant Community Strengthens Ashland's Economy
by JARED BOWEN
An influx of Indian immigrants has helped bring economic growth to Ashland — and led to an expansion of the town's Sri Lakshmi Temple.
>> The Emily Rooney Show: Ashland




NEW BEDFORD
New Bedford Tourism Grows, But
Schools Still Struggle
by RALPH RANALLI
Despite thriving museums and a newly-vibrant downtown, it's clear the former whaling capital’s problems with jobs and education still run deep.




QUINCY

Private Developer Wants To Remake Downtown Quincy
by TONI WATERMAN
The city is looking to a $1.3 billion deal with a private developer to revitalize its downtrodden downtown, which was once Shoppers Town USA.
>> The Emily Rooney Show: Quincy



CHATHAM
After 300 Years, Fishing Still Sustains Chatham Economy

by SEAN CORCORAN
The sea has helped keep Chatham fiscally strong, including during the recent period of economic trouble.




BROCKTON
Small Business Prevails In 'City Of Champions'
by PHILLIP MARTIN
In Brockton, small business is the only business in town. But that doesn't mean they all fare equally well.  
 

New Stories: November 2011

WRAP-UP
The American Dream In Mass.: What Next?
by BOB SEAY
We discuss possible solutions to the troubles in the state, and ways to expand upon what works.
UPTON
Boom Times In A Sleepy Town
by JARED BOWEN
A little town out in the sticks is experiencing a major increase in popularity due to its open space, history and community sentiment.
ATTLEBORO
attleboro
A Dream Between Two Cities
by JACLYN CASHMAN
Today, young couples move to Attleboro not for employment in its once-famed jewelry factories but for affordable housing and proximity to Boston and Providence.
LAWRENCE
A River Runs Through It
by PHILLIP MARTIN
Many residents see the cleaned-up Merrimack River as a metaphor for the positive changes they've been creating in this old mill town. 
WORCESTER
pushpin
Planning A New Economy
by SARAH BIRNBAUM
The amenities that have attracted biotech execs to Worcester are no accident: Starting 30 years ago, the city has been working to attract new industries. But will it be enough?
CHELSEA
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In Search Of Something Better
by TONI WATERMAN
Whether 100 years ago or now, Chelsea draws immigrants from other countries determined to do better for themselves and their children.
NORWOOD
Working Twice As Hard For Half The Money
by ADAM REILLY
Norwood business owners don't have a problem with working hard. It can be dispiriting, though, to feel like you're running as fast as you can just to stay in place.
BURLINGTON
burlington
'People Are Going Places'
by CRISTINA QUINN
Entrepreneurs of all stripes feel pretty good about the future in this once agricultural, now business-heavy town.
PROVINCETOWN
provincetown
Pricing Out Young Artists
by SEAN CORCORAN
Emerging artists are attracted by the town's history and fellowships, but housing costs make it hard for them to stay.
OVERVIEW
The State Of The American Dream: An Introduction
by WGBH News
An upcoming report from MassINC has unsettling news about residents' confidence and security.
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