Episode 4: Lynn Classical Students “(Re) Vision” their City

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This is the final episode in 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, the second is here, and the third is over here. See them all! A description of the series by Capano is at the bottom.

Belen Novoa, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

The wall was built by the WPA in 1930 to surround the cemetery. Also believe it or not it's the second-longest contiguous stone wall in the world!

The wall was built by the WPA in 1930 to surround the cemetery. Also, believe it or not it’s the second-longest contiguous stone wall in the world! – Belen Novoa

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I Took a picture of the empty lot in 40 Federal St. I think this empty place could be useful for maybe a super market or movie theater! One of these project would mean new jobs and would make the city look nicer.

Elias Bakas, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

Pine Grove Cemetery was originally established as a private cemetery in the early 1800's, and was later sold to the city of Lynn in 1850. The wall surrounding the cemetery was a later addition, it is made of fieldstone and was built in the 1930's by the W.P.A. - Elias Bakas

Pine Grove Cemetery was originally established as a private cemetery in the early 1800’s, and was later sold to the city of Lynn in 1850. The wall surrounding the cemetery was a later addition, it is made of fieldstone and was built in the 1930’s by the W.P.A. – Elias Bakas

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Ben Peralta shoes on Eastern Avenue. This building has been abandoned since 1995, it’s a unique property in a high traffic location. The size of the shop limits what could happen with it, but it could easily be a sports consignment store, especially being so close to Lynn English High School. – Elias Bakas

Nick Lilja, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

Overview of the 18th green and fairway at Gannon Golf Course located in Lynn,Mass -Nick Lilja, 11 Grade Student, Lynn Classical High School

Overview of the 18th green and fairway at Gannon Golf Course located in Lynn,Mass
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Open lot over on federal street in Lynn,Mass. Possibilities are endless for this area - Nick Lilja

Open lot over on federal street in Lynn,Mass. Possibilities are endless for this area
– Nick Lilja

Paul Strileckis, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

This is Steel Tower, on one of the highest hills in Lynn. Steel tower was built in 1936, as part of the Works Progress Administration put in place by FDR. – Paul Strileckis

This is Steel Tower, on one of the highest hills in Lynn. Steel tower was built in 1936, as part of the Works Progress Administration put in place by FDR. – Paul Strileckis

This is an abandoned building on Franklin Street. It seems its building has been halted as well. The building could be a homeless shelter, as it is right next to a grocery store and they could provide food for it. It could also be demolished and used for something else, such as a garden to provide stop & shop with fresh produce that is readily available. - Paul Strileckis

This is an abandoned building on Franklin Street. It seems its building has been halted as well. The building could be a homeless shelter, as it is right next to a grocery store and they could provide food for it. It could also be demolished and used for something else, such as a garden to provide stop & shop with fresh produce that is readily available. – Paul Strileckis

Agnes Bangura, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

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This is Me and my friend Leyani Anderson, on the track at manning field taking a picture before we had to cheer for a football game. Manning bowl held 17,000 seats.

Wuilmar Gomez, Junior at Lynn Classical High School:

There I am, at Lynn Beach, standing, looking over the sidewalks that were constructed during the 1930's as part of the WPA projects by President FDR. If it weren't for those people that worked hard building it, people wouldn't be able to walk along the sidewalks by the beach on a nice day. - Wuilmar

There I am, at Lynn Beach, standing, looking over the sidewalks that were constructed during the 1930’s as part of the WPA projects by President FDR. If it weren’t for those people that worked hard building it, people wouldn’t be able to walk along the sidewalks by the beach on a nice day. – Wuilmar Gomez

 I'm here standing on the other side of where the old GE building is. Instead of leaving it empty, there could be an indoor soccer field where people could come and play during any bad weather. - Wuilmar Gomez


I’m here standing on the other side of where the old GE building is. Instead of leaving it empty, there could be an indoor soccer field where people could come and play during any bad weather. – Wuilmar Gomez

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.

-Dena Capano
History Teacher
Lynn Classical High School
Spring 2016


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