I recall a thread here a year or so ago about Lowell, though I can't find it now. Anyway, I just watched "The Fighter" on Netflix and would enjoy chatting about this gritty city. Any firsthand info, many DL New Englanders?
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 27||01/11/2015|
Ask what you'd like to know about it...very trashy city...plenty of drug addicts...gangs...
there are some good people there of course. I have a friend who lives there. Honestly I hate visiting the city.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 1||09/30/2013|
Is it a tough place to grow up? What are the nice sections? Has it gone down hill recently or was it always a rough town?
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 2||09/30/2013|
I went to grad school there in the late 80s-early 90s. It was pretty ugly at the time, although they were trying to improve the downtown area (where I lived in a dorm). There was one gay bar way out in the country on the New Hampshire border. All in all, not a great experience.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 3||09/30/2013|
It was scary in the 70's, so many other nice places than Lowell, ugh.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 4||09/30/2013|
It's somewhere my parents always told me to avoid if possible. It can be a tough place to grow up, yes. There is trash of every kind here-white, black, mixed latino and asian. Lowell has been shit for at least 40 years, if not more. Lowell started out as an industrial town and there are small historical sites, but in the middle of the 1900s things started declining rapidly.
There are some positive signs...the Lowell campus of UMass is there which attracts students which slowly leads to some improvements in the city. There are also plenty of asian, african and latino immigrants living there who are trying to better their lives and achieve the American dream. There are nice/fun community events and festivals.
Pawtucketville in the northwestern part of the city and parts of Belvidere are fine and the downtown area has been built up a bit recently but really that's it. There are so many unpleasant areas. I'm young but apparently Lowell has improved in the last 10 years. The 80s, 90s and beginning of the 2000s were the worst periods for the city. I do think things will slowly continue to improve with time, but Lowell is still quite deserving of its negative reputation.
My friend who I've known for a year has been living there 7 years. Last year his place was broken into...he now has a big wooden block across the door of the main entrance (on a main street) of his place. He keeps the shades pulled and only goes in and out of the parking lot entrance...
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 5||09/30/2013|
[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 6||09/30/2013|
What's the baddest part of town?
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 7||09/30/2013|
Don't go walking around in most areas at night-assaults, muggings, shootings, rapes can all occur.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 8||09/30/2013|
Many places to avoid but ESPECIALLY the Acre. That is the worst of worst places in Lowell.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 9||10/01/2013|
James Abbott Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was the first child born to Anna Matilda McNeill and George Washington Whistler, a prominent engineer. She was his father's second wife. At the Ruskin trial, Whistler claimed the more exotic St. Petersburg, Russia as his birthplace: "I shall be born when and where I want, and I do not choose to be born in Lowell", he declared.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 10||10/01/2013|
I have relatives that live in the nice sections of Lowell. The city has the highest percentage of Cambodians in the US. The government of Cambodia opened a US Consular office in Lowell. 11% of the 100,000 plus people are Puerto Rican. I went to school and UMass Lowell in the 90's. Never had a problem. Not sure what its like now.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 11||10/01/2013|
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 12||10/01/2013|
Lowell has asian gangs, latino gangs, black gangs, and plenty of white criminals/drug addicts.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 13||10/02/2013|
Wasn't Jack Kerouac from there?
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 14||10/02/2013|
Bette Davis was born there, during a thunderstorm.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 15||10/02/2013|
Bette Davis was a thug.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 16||10/02/2013|
Lowell, along with Lawrence and Methuen are 3 cities in northern MA not far from the NH border that are just trashy, mostly poor and crime/drug-ridden. Most people try to avoid going to those places.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 17||10/02/2013|
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 18||10/02/2013|
I work in North Andover and live in Rye Beach NH. I hate that fucking area. Let's not forget Haverhill either. Its utterly depressing. Lowell of the 3 areas DOES have some nice parts though in the city. But the people over there. Yucky. Andover is fairly wealthy as are parts of North Andover, but the area is so fucking seedy and ugly that I don't understand why someone with money would choose to live there at all.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 19||10/02/2013|
But even Methuen and Lawrence have nicer areas that are not crime ridden. Nashua's crime rate is on the same level as Methuen and Manchester NH's crime rate is on the same level as Lawrence.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 20||10/02/2013|
I don't know if it is still true but at one point Lowell was the car theft capital of the US.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 21||10/02/2013|
Check this out:
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 22||10/02/2013|
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 23||10/02/2013|
Well in all honesty, Manchester NH is a pit too. What an UGLY ugly city. I wouldn't live anywhere in NH except the seacoast or perhaps Hanover.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 24||10/02/2013|
Really, the only reason to ever go to Lowell is if you want to see a recording act on his/her/their way up or a recording act on his/her/their way down performing at the Tsongas Arena. That's where a lot of newcomers and has-beens perform if they're deemed "not big enough" to sell out somewhere like The Garden in Boston.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 25||10/02/2013|
Are there any things that commemorate that sloppy drunker speed freak author Keroauc? A plaque? a namesake cocktail?
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 26||10/02/2013|
Bette Davis was born there. Of course it's a shithole.
|by Dickie Ecklund||reply 27||01/11/2015|