As part of an effort to help struggling cities outside of Boston, several Massachusetts legislators toured Holyoke Monday.
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.
As struggling, former industrial cities like Springfield and Holyoke go, so goes the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. That’s the message from a group of economists, and municipal leaders making the rounds to discuss a new report on so-called Gateway Cities. They spoke Friday with WFCR’s Karen Brown.