Neighborhood Meeting with AllCare VNA 4-6-10

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City Councilor Brendan Crighton and Council President Timothy Cahill called a neighborhood meeting with downtown residents on April 6th, following rising questions and concerns over a proposed office building on the grass MBTA lot in front of the parking garage. Also present were Shawn Potter and other Allcare representatives, Jim Cowdell of the EDIC, Jamie Marsh from Community Development, and Mayor Kennedy.

A public hearing in front of the entire City Council will be held on Tuesday, April 13th at 8pm in the Council Chambers.

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[…] 2.Neighborhood Meeting with AllCare VNA 4-6-10 | Lynn Happens People from all over are visiting Zimmans, Turbine, Blue Ox, The Little Gallery Under the Stairs every single day. You might have Marblehead and Salem to shop at. We shop and eat in Lynn. We want more options here. … Creative Economy Association of the North Shore … Lynn Communities That Care… […]


In the spirit of Diversity I have made Haiku’s

I want to design
A Proper Lynn Fountain so
My beloved can Drink


They question my Shoe
Shack that I love so very much
Why don’t they love it


I am architect
Maybe not licensed in MA
I am architect

I keep voting!


Why can’t everyone just vote for the dog fountain and make it all better.
I keep clicking my shoes 3xs like the good witch said and nothing happens. Nothing I say!

Um, reality check, fyi, condos are homes… and all of us elitist idiots do frequent the ethnic shops. The diversity of the city is one of the reasons I moved to Lynn. Expanding the tax base in downtown by increasing home owners in that area and encouraging for-profit business growth would help us with those “real” issues. I think people have pride in the fact that the Blue Ox and other thriving businesses, which has received rave reviews, is in our city and want to encourage more businesses like it to thrive here.

Why do you have to insult anyone to get your point across, enough already? Why are the only two choices you give suck it up or move on? You are the one who is “bitching.” I hope you’re out there dealing with Lynn’s “real” issues.

Enough already

Businesses you speak off cannot survive in Lynn. They tried and moved to Salem where they thrive. The sad reality. Unless you level all the nonprofits in Lynn and drive out all the section 8 rentals/low income housing then you will have a chance. The schools are burdened by all these issues as well. The condo people are such a small tax base. What Lynn needs is more people buying homes, sending kids to school in town, building a community. That is not happening as non of the community services will leave nor the people. Nor should they. At least… Read more »

Enough already!

The two main businesses you speak of, Gulu Gulu and Urban Elements are thriving. However, I don’t want to have to drive to other cities to spend my money when/if I can spend it in my home town. If you want to fix the schools, add more money to the police fund to fight crime (kudos for the lower rating), reopen the closed fire stations, revamp the library, and on and on, to increase the quality of life in Lynn, you need an increased tax base, AND an actively mobile community of citizens. To have an increased tax base, you… Read more »


Salem has a city planner. Salem has good urban development skills and is wooing retail. Notice anything related to Salems successful strategy in those sentences?

The night life in Salem is good year round. Most of shops count on October to make it.
Lynn has a good night life too, with a couple new businesses added to it.

What’s wrong with bringing shops to Lynn?

Burger King and McDonalds use the same strategies, when locating stores next to each other. An area with more choices brings more crowds.


Salem is booming all year round. It peaks at Halloween. Hello, 2 main businesses moved from downtown Lynn to Salem and are thriving!

If Lynn boosts as a tourist town,
It will help Salem keep a steady boost all year round, other than the one season it has now.

Ben, I am happy you know some of your people. Take the exit into Lynn sometime and visit sometime, you’ll find more to admire than you know. Lynn has a right like every other community to have a nice community.. as it wishes. This would not only help Lynn, but surrounding cities as well for tourism. Right now our tourist towns in New England are spread out. Maybe if Lynn had these improvments, tourists would make a hop stop from Boston to Lynn to Salem in one day (or Marblehead too) Instead of having tourist decide where to drive for… Read more »

You needed to go one further over to the right. Seth said everything that made sense. “Old Lynn” as he was coined, I don’t think has been downtown since 1990. We’re meddling exactly where we belong. We bought property about a block away 4 years ago and have seen state and city money spent on very strategic planning processes for that exact spot. Read the Market Street Vision Plan. They call for first floor retail. They call for something that screams Downtown Lynn Identity. They call for something to cover the garage. In it’s current design, it doesn’t even DO… Read more »

Ben Winchester

The man on the right was the only one who made sense. You can always add more retail space. VNA has been in the community for years. They easily can build/rent space elsewhere. Celebrate the fact they want to stay in Lynn. Who are any of you to say what they can and cannot make their building like? The space was up for bid. If it was such a hot place why didn’t someone else scoop it up. They are a nonprofit not in the business of renting retail space! There are so many empty store fronts all over the… Read more »

Thanks Seth for taping the meeting.
You covered what I wanted to add. The building is copying the wrong architecture. This is becoming frustrating.