Lest there be too much positive sentiment about Lynn's trajectory in the wake of last night's Chronicle episode about the city, I found this comment on the local blog Lynn School Watch regarding the episode from an anonymous user:
"I am sick of paying the already high taxes in this deteriorating city due to the incompetence of the so-called leaders! Did anyone see Chronicle last night? What a joke and misrepresentation of Lynn! I didn't hear anything mentioned about the crime rate, rat problem and failing school system this city has!"
Given that the episode was only a half hour, was the Lynn special a total misrepresentation of the city? Did the producers gloss over some glaringly obvious areas that need to be improved?
Some negatives left out of the Lynn discussion:
- Trash/Rodent Problem
- School System (standardized test score performance, condition of school buildings, overcrowding, graduation rates)
- Unemployment Rate/Educational Attainment
- Criminal Activity
- Number of Abandoned Properties/Foreclosed Homes
- Neglect of Some Public Areas (sidewalks, parks)
One also has to consider the intent of the feature. Perhaps, Chronicle was not attempting to give a complete overview of the city and its current state but simply highlight many of the positive changes that are occurring in the city as a way to combat the belief that there is nothing good about the city.
There were also many positives left out of the episode as well:
- Easy Access to Public Transportation/Proximity to Boston
- Dedicated Community/Neighborhood Groups (ex. Lynn Community Association, Goldfish Pond Neighborhood Association, Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association)
- Distinct Neighborhoods (Highlands, Diamond District, etc.)
- Youth-Related Organizations (LYSOA, Part of the Solution, No Ceilings Youth Group)
- The Ford Full-Service Community School
- Multiple Ponds (Goldfish, Flax, Sluice, Breeds)
- High Rock Tower/Park
- Lifelong Multi-Generational Lynn Families
Thoughts on the Chronicle feature?
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- Positivity is adding up in Lynn (Revitalizing a Community)
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- Lynn Police Department 2011 Annual Report
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- Lynn MCAS Results 2012: Part I (An Education)