Entries by Colleen Dawicki

Hey New Bedford: we’re #7!

If this rank referred to, say, educational attainment in Massachusetts’ 11 Gateway Cities, it would be fair to be unimpressed. But to land on a top-ten list that includes San Francisco, New York City, and LA? That’s truly a notable feat. Particularly when vying for the title of “Most Artistic City” in an era where […]

From the local headlines:

New Bedford recorded its third homicide over the weekend; new ShotSpotter technology gets its own headline for the role it played in alerting police to gunfire Two recent stories on New Bedford Public Schools: Hayden-McFadden becomes a Level 4 (underperforming) school; Superintendent Mary Louise Francis presents overview of district turnaround plan to School Committee In […]

October unemployment figures

The good news? Unemployment is down in New Bedford and Fall River. The bad news?  These cities still have the second and third highest unemployment rates in the state, with New Bedford’s at 12.2% and Fall River’s at 12%. Lawrence continues to hold the bottom spot with a 15% unemployment rate. Here’s how the Gateway […]

Federal budget watch

Unsurprisingly, this will be a lean year for federal grant programs, if they continue to exist as well. The Obama administration’s neighborhood revitalization initiatives are of particular interest to the Urban Initiative, since these programs have given major boosts to some of the country’s toughest urban communities while contributing to the knowledge base of what […]

Gov. Patrick’s education goals focus on Gateway City needs

Governor Deval Patrick announced a “renewed education strategy” today that places much-needed emphasis on the state’s Gateway Cities.* The plan is centered around four goals: “1) getting every child to reading proficiency by the third grade; (2) providing every child with a healthy platform for education; (3) creating a differentiated education system that meets each […]