Episode 3: 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 and the second is here. Scroll down for a description of the series by Capano.

Eric Macorri, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

Stone Tower- Here I stand in front of Stone Tower in Lynn Woods which was built in the 1930s during the Great Depression. - Eric Macorri, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Stone Tower- Here I stand in front of Stone Tower in Lynn Woods which was built in the 1930s during the Great Depression. – Eric Macorri, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

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New Place- Taking a picture of an empty lot that could used for a new building or a park. – Eric Macorri, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Iris Martinez, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

I'm currently standing at the sidewalks of Lynn beach, which by 1907 the Lynn Shore Drive finally allowed access to the shore all the way from Swampscott to Nahant. - Iris Martinez, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

I’m currently standing at the sidewalks of Lynn beach, which by 1907 the Lynn Shore Drive finally allowed access to the shore all the way from Swampscott to Nahant.
– Iris Martinez, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

I'm currently standing at 40 Federal Street, the new market basket in Lynn is already in process. Which i think is great idea to build, because it would help so many people financially and at the same time the city too by bringing people from different cities to Lynn. - Iris Martinez, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

I’m currently standing at 40 Federal Street, the new Market Basket in Lynn is already in process. Which i think is great idea to build, because it would help so many people financially and at the same time the city too by bringing people from different cities to Lynn.
– Iris Martinez, Junior, Lynn Classical High School.

Luis Santamaria, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

Here I stand at the site of Frazer field, where in 1940, the construction of field broke ground and was officially open to the public of that same year. Two major events were occurring during that day which are: the famous Pittsburgh Pirates were planning to battle the Lynn All-Stars in the park's Inaugural Game and during the same time, World War Two raged between Germany and England. The baseball field was built because President Franklin Roosevelt declared that America's grand old game of baseball should continue during wartime as a way of keeping up the people's spirit. -Luis Santamaria, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here I stand at the site of Frazer field, where in 1940, the construction of field broke ground and was officially open to the public of that same year. Two major events were occurring during that day which are: the famous Pittsburgh Pirates were planning to battle the Lynn All-Stars in the park’s Inaugural Game and during the same time, World War Two raged between Germany and England. The baseball field was built because President Franklin Roosevelt declared that America’s grand old game of baseball should continue during wartime as a way of keeping up the people’s spirit.
-Luis Santamaria, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

If I had the chance to choose what could be done for a "New" New Deal in Lynn, I would say that we could build a indoor sports center in the vacant area near market square. This project would be beneficial to the city and/or for the citizens of the city because it could bring jobs for those people that are unemployed, jobs such as those of the construction of the project and jobs that will be needed after the construction is over. It will give the opportunity for people to exercise by participating in the sports available in the building. In result, it will be beneficial for those people to have a healthy, and in shape bodies. People will be having a great time and at the same time, being healthy. It will also bring people from other cities around Lynn, to come to Lynn where it can bring customers and businesses for other stores and companies. Therefore, more money, and more profit in which that profit could also be potentially used to bring more opportunities for more projects. -Luis Santamaria, Student, Lynn Classical High School

If I had the chance to choose what could be done for a “New” New Deal in Lynn, I would say that we could build an indoor sports center in the vacant area near Market Square. This project would be beneficial to the city and/or for the citizens of the city because it could bring jobs for those people that are unemployed, jobs such as those of the construction of the project and jobs that will be needed after the construction is over.
It will give the opportunity for people to exercise by participating in the sports available in the building. In result, it will be beneficial for those people to have a healthy, and in shape bodies. People will be having a great time and at the same time, being healthy. It will also bring people from other cities around Lynn, to come to Lynn where it can bring customers and businesses for other stores and companies. Therefore, more money, and more profit in which that profit could also be potentially used to bring more opportunities for more projects.
-Luis Santamaria, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Manuel Martinez, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

I stand at Lynn's central post office which is a site of a New Deal Project, that is still used today. - Manuel Martinez, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

I stand at Lynn’s central post office which is a site of a New Deal Project, that is still used today.
– Manuel Martinez, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Site in Lynn that would be a perfect place for a project like the WPA ones. Empty area can be used for a positive purpose for the community. - Manuel Martinez, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Site in Lynn that would be a perfect place for a project like the WPA ones. Empty area can be used for a positive purpose for the community.
– Manuel Martinez, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Maria Lemus, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

Here I stand behind the original location of the now-demolished Manning Bowl, a Work Progress Administration (WPA) project that held sporting events, concerts and other public gatherings. Because of its worn down state, Manning Bowl was demolished and replaced with Manning Field instead, where track and field practices and football games continue to be held. - Maria Lemus, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here I stand behind the original location of the now-demolished Manning Bowl, a Work Progress Administration (WPA) project that held sporting events, concerts and other public gatherings. Because of its worn down state, Manning Bowl was demolished and replaced with Manning Field instead, where track and field practices and football games continue to be held. – Maria Lemus, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here I stand behind a lot that's currently in a state of construction, located on 865 Western Avenue, not a block away from Walgreens. Although previously there was a liquor store in this spot, it has since been torn down and turned into a vacant lot. My suggestion is to build a daycare, in order to keep kids who cannot be supervised by their parents or guardians while they are at work. - Maria Lemus, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here I stand behind a lot that’s currently in a state of construction, located on 865 Western Avenue, not a block away from Walgreens. Although previously there was a liquor store in this spot, it has since been torn down and turned into a vacant lot. My suggestion is to build a daycare, in order to keep kids who cannot be supervised by their parents or guardians while they are at work. – Maria Lemus, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Venita Figueroa, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

Here I stand at the Stone Tower, on the highest point in Lynn Woods. Built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration, the Stone Tower was used for fire observation, is 48ft tall and 30ft in diameter. - Venita Figueroa, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here I stand at the Stone Tower, on the highest point in Lynn Woods. Built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration, the Stone Tower was used for fire observation, is 48ft tall and 30ft in diameter. – Venita Figueroa, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here I stand at the paved field behind the former G.E. plant. - Venita Figueroa, Junior, Lynn Classical High School

Here I stand at the paved field behind the former G.E. plant. – Venita Figueroa, 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

Stay tuned for more…


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