Gateway Cities In Focus

Researchers and policy makers in Massachusetts have been focussing recently on what are called Gateway Cities: eleven cities outside Boston — including Springfield, Holyoke, and Pittsfield — that used to be vibrant manufacturing hubs. But for the last few decades, these urban areas have faced a declining economy, struggling public schools, and increasing poverty. A new report — sponsored by the non-profit MASS Inc., and the Washington D.C., based Brookings Institution — makes the case that unless the state pays more attention to these gateway cities, the entire commonwealth is at risk of economic decline. WFCR’s Karen Brown reports.