Creating A Thriving Downtown In Small-Town Massachusetts

August 4, 2014

Downtown living doesn't always require being a resident of a big city. Even in the outer suburbs, there's growing demand for small living spaces, a vibrant restaurant scene, and easy access to public transportation. This high-density approach is catching on, despite running counter to the manicured lawns and three car garages that define many bedroom communities.

In our ongoing focus on development, WGBH News reporter Stephanie Leydon showed us how one local community is embracing “smart growth”  to revitalize its town center.


Marc Draisen is the executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, a regional planning agency that serves the Metro Boston area. 

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