Episode 2: Lynn Classical Students “(Re) Vision” their City

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This is a series by History Teacher Dena Capano’s students at Lynn Classical called, “A (Re) Vision of Lynn.”

If you missed the first installment, it’s over here. Scroll down for a description of the series by Capano.

Katie Barrios, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

As you can see I am admiring the Stone Wall that goes around the Pine Grove Cemetery, which was built in the mid 1930's. It was a WPA project, and according to Ripley's Believe it or Not , the wall is the second longest in the world. Katie Barrios, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

As you can see I am admiring the Stone Wall that goes around the Pine Grove Cemetery, which was built in the mid 1930’s. It was a WPA project, and according to Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the wall is the second longest in the world. Katie Barrios, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

This is an abandoned lot where there once was an old GE building. Since this lot receives a lot of sun I was thinking we can have a solar farm. That way the electricity that we produce we can sell it to our neighbors and with the money that we get , we can then fix Lynn up and make it better. Katie Barrios, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

This is an abandoned lot where there once was an old GE building. Since this lot receives a lot of sun I was thinking we can have a solar farm. That way the electricity that we produce we can sell it to our neighbors and with the money that we get, we can then fix Lynn up and make it better. Katie Barrios, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Jefferson Fuentes, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

As I stood at the site of Manning Bowl's predecessor now known as Manning Field , I could sense the rich vibrant energy of Manning Bowl's past. To be standing on the same field that once was called home by the Great Harry Agganis felt amazing. I can now call this home and so can all of the residents of Lynn. - Jefferson Fuentes, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

As I stood at the site of Manning Bowl’s predecessor now known as Manning Field , I could sense the rich vibrant energy of Manning Bowl’s past. To be standing on the same field that once was called home by the Great Harry Agganis felt amazing. I can now call this home and so can all of the residents of Lynn. – Jefferson Fuentes, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

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This ghost lot can be used to turn its surrounding area into a thriving community. It can be used as a community pool for the residents of Lynn. The city is in desperate need of a pool to keep residents nice and cool for the scorching summers. – Jefferson Fuentes, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Brianna Rushins, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

A vacant lot owned by the GE in Lynn, Ma. Here I stand with the hope of a new farmers market or movie theater in Lynn. I would like anything that could reinvent Lynn's reputation and make it a nice place for people to want to visit. - Brianna Rushins, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

A vacant lot owned by the GE in Lynn, Ma. Here I stand with the hope of a new farmers market or movie theater in Lynn. I would like anything that could reinvent Lynn’s reputation and make it a nice place for people to want to visit. – Brianna Rushins, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

The Lynn Beach Sidewalks, built during the Great Depression. This place was one of MANY projects funded by the WPA, which was run by President Roosevelt. These sidewalks put many unemployed men to work and food on many familes' tables during the depression. - Brianna Rushins, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

The Lynn Beach Sidewalks, built during the Great Depression. This place was one of MANY projects funded by the WPA, which was run by President Roosevelt. These sidewalks put many unemployed men to work and food on many familes’ tables during the depression. – Brianna Rushins, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

Lauren Sodabanh, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

Standing next to the 2nd longest wall compared to the Great Wall Of China in Pine Grove Cemetery .- Lauren Sodabanh, junior, Lynn Classical High School

Standing next to the 2nd longest wall compared to the Great Wall Of China in Pine Grove Cemetery .- Lauren Sodabanh, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

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Street view of location near O’callaghan way which has abandoned train tracks. The abandoned train tracks could be reused for an extension of the blue line to Lynn. – Lauren Sodabanh, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Elizabeth Tobon, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

Here by my side is the wall of Pine Grove. It is a very long contiguous wall that was built by the WPA during the Great Depression. This project helped many unemployed people to earn money and a way to give them hope for the future. – Elizabeth Tobon, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here by my side is the wall of Pine Grove. It is a very long contiguous wall that was built by the WPA during the Great Depression. This project helped many unemployed people to earn money and a way to give them hope for the future. – Elizabeth Tobon, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here is the site that is in Lynn where I envision a small movie theater with arcades and small restaurants. It's a fun way for people to hang with friends and families. Also a way to earn more money for the city. – Elizabeth Tobon, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here is the site that is in Lynn where I envision a small movie theater with arcades and small restaurants. It’s a fun way for people to hang with friends and families. Also a way to earn more money for the city. – Elizabeth Tobon, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Diana Wathika, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

Here I sit at the site of the Lynn Woods Reservation at Stone Tower, which was constructed in 1936 under the Works Progress Administration. The site also featured a wooden roof structure on top but was blown off years later in a hurricane. - Diana Wathika, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

Here I sit at the site of the Lynn Woods Reservation at Stone Tower, which was constructed in 1936 under the Works Progress Administration. The site also featured a wooden roof structure on top but was blown off years later in a hurricane. – Diana Wathika, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

Above is an abandoned area on Centre Street where the GE Co. used to be located. This area could be put into good use. For example setting up solar panels to generate power, reducing dependency on traditional power sources and conserving energy all together. - Diana Wathika, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

Above is an abandoned area on Centre Street where the GE Co. used to be located. This area could be put into good use. For example setting up solar panels to generate power, reducing dependency on traditional power sources and conserving energy all together. – Diana Wathika, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

A (Re) Vision of Lynn
By Lynn Classical High School Students

Over the past couple of weeks, students in my U.S. History classes researched Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects built in Lynn during the Great Depression as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s. They captured pictures of themselves in front of many notable Lynn attractions like Stone Tower, Fraser Field, and the sidewalks along Lynn Beach.

Taking a step further, students found a place in Lynn they believed could be improved and imagined Lynn received funding from a “New” New Deal. The following pictures are student “visions” for what could be built in Lynn in the future and will be part of a series in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

-Dena Capano
History Teacher
Lynn Classical High School
Spring 2016

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Dot and Sherri, thanks for your comments! That is so interesting about the old Classical, Dot. I will share with my students!

Dena Capano

I loved learning about the beach sidewalk and the wall around Pine Grove! Great thoughts and ideas from the students.

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My dad worked for the WPA. One of his jobs was to paint the green trim around the doors and windows of the old Classical High. We lived close by so at lunch time I would go stand watch of the painting materials, while he would walk home for lunch. I decided I could help him out while he was home so I decided to help him out. Didn’t know he didn’t have to paint the glass green too lol. My first whoopin’ lol. That was in about the year 1941-42;

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