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Lowell Fights Urban Blight

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What worked in post-Apartheid South Africa also works in a small American city, proving good governance is universal  By CHARLENE SMITH Patrick Murphy, mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts (Credit/City of Lowell) LOWELL, Mass. — Patrick Murphy knocked on doors in his quest to get elected to the city council of Lowell — storied industrial town, backdrop for …


Original Post on Lowell Sun City and regional transit officials unveiled the first of what will eventually be 13 new bus-stop shelters around Lowell on Tuesday, noting the shelters are particularly helpful in the winter for chilly commuters. The initiative was started by Mayor Patrick Murphy as a means of not only protecting riders from …


In fight against urban blight, Lowell adds tool to arsenal By John Laidler, Globe Correspondent / May 27, 2012 A once-blighted Lowell house has been rehabilitated and put on the market through the city’s use of a state tool that allows abandoned properties to be placed into receivership. City officials Tuesday held a ribbon cutting ceremony to highlight the completed …