By 2018, there will be a street or a building named after John Barrett III and many of the businesses and various pieces of civic infrastructure he helped put/keep in place (library, Y, parks, etc...) will be thriving, but the city will be very different.What do YOU, the readers of this blog, think will be different in 2018?
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- The average age will be considerably lower and closer to the state average.
- Much of the housing stock will have been rehabilitated and some of the neighborhoods close to downtown will be more owner-occupied than rental.
- [Clark's] employer, MCLA, will have re-established itself as a cornerstone of the city. And it will have shed its reputation as a glorified community college, which will in turn attract better students and a faculty that doesn't commute from other towns.
- Main Street and Eagle St will have gentrified to serve the younger population. (that's an oxymoron if ever I've heard one.)
- MoCA will no longer be a fledgling institution. Instead it will be a fully endowed entity with a permanent collection that is topped only by MoMA and the Guggenheim.
- Williamstown's anti-growth policies will continue to make North Adams an attractive place for middle class transplants.
- The school system will benefit as the proportion of students living in poverty along with transient students decreases. It is even possible that north county may be combined into a single district by then.