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Karen Eschbacher has been a Patriot Ledger reporter for three years. She covered Braintree and Quincy and is now a general assignment reporter.
Eschbacher, 25, is originally from Newburgh, N.Y., and joined the Ledger after graduating from Boston University.
Chris Walker
Christopher Walker, 26, was hired as an intern for The Patriot Ledger in 1998 while a student at Boston University. He was hired full-time in 1999 and now covers Quincy. In the past, he has covered Rockland and Abington for the Ledger.

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Quincy, a city of 90,000, remains the largest community on the South Shore. Although it’s no longer the retailing hub of the region, it remains home to the South Shore’s largest employer, State Street Bank. And its transformation from a blue collar town to an ethnically diverse community with lots of young professionals moving in, continues. Ultimately, though, a community’s heart is found in its downtown. Enlivening Quincy’s heartbeat is a goal worth pursuing and it’s why The Patriot Ledger decided to work with the City of Quincy to raise awareness about the issues related to downtown development. A public forum planned for later this year will provide the opportunity for anyone to express their vision. The content of the stories in this series was independently developed by The Patriot Ledger and is the sole responsibility of the newspaper.


11-12-05 - Concourse plan calls for land takings
10-7-05 - Stop & Shop looking to buy landmark Quincy center bank
5-24-05 - New rules aim to revamp Quincy Center ... Read more

11-27-04 -
City facelift slow ... Read more
11-27-04 -
Pedestrian mall proposed... Read more
3-15-04 - Ideas for development run gamut from mixed-use high rises to cafes along brook ... Read more
3-06-04 -
Public input is sought for Quincy downtown plans ...Read more
2-28-04 - Design workshop planned to brainstorm ways to revitalize city ... Read more
1-21-04 -
State official: I can’t offer Quincy money for revitalization
1-20-04 - Housing in Quincy sees big changes; more coming ... Read more
1-16-04 - Quincy Center forum elicits enthusiasm for sweeping changes ... Read more
1-10-04 - City, Patriot Ledger to sponsor 1st of 2 public forums ... Read more


DAY 1, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003

A confluence of events mean Quincy is well-positioned to launch redevelopment and revitalization efforts.
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Nearly every mayor for the past three decades has vowed to revive Quincy Center. Are today’s promises any different?
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A redeveloped downtown could mean more revenue for the city, and better services for residents.
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With Gov. Mitt Romney’s administration eager to invest in city centers, Quincy could be poised to receive state money as it moves forward with redevelopment plans.
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Who are the people helping Mayor William Phelan craft a vision for downtown?
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Quincy Mutual Insurance, a bulwark of Quincy Center for 152 years, considered moving, but didn’t. Why?
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DAY 2, Monday, Nov. 10, 2003

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to resurrecting a downtown. Mansfield, Ohio’s salvation was a huge carousel. Roanoke, Virginia’s was a farmer’s market.
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Housing was an essential ingredient when Waltham developed a recipe for reviving Moody Street.
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Portsmouth, N.H., teaches that appearance does matter when it comes to a successful downtown.
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Somerville officials influenced, and in some cases controlled, redevelopment efforts as the once down-trodden Davis Square became a trendy destination.
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Shopperstown, Quincy’s post World War II retailing machine, is now a faded memory.
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If Mark Bertman of Rogers Jewelry has learned anything in his years as a downtown Quincy retailer, it’s that people bring retail, not the other way around.
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Transforming Downtown Quincy will be evolutionary, not revolutionary.
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O’Connor and Drew, a medium-sized accounting firm, moved from an office park to Downtown Quincy. Why?
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The city hired urban planner David Dixon to help draft a vision for downtown. He shares some ideas.
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TOOLS NEEDED FOR SUCCESS: Redevelopment is no longer done with bulldozers and wrecking balls. Rather, consultants suggest, communities need to do such things as update zoning rules to permit certain types of development, deal with parking and traffic in a comprehensive way, treat beautification as an integral and basic aspect of improvements and consider the role that tax incentives play in encouraging certain catalytic projects.

Zoning: How can changes to height, density and other regulations spur development?
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Parking: Sometimes less is better. Sometimes it’s not. Where does parking fit with Quincy’s needs?
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Traffic: How can the city balance the needs of drivers and pedestrians?
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Beautification: Making a downtown attractive is not superfluous. It’s essential.
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Tax incentives: Should the city dangle tax breaks as a way to woo business?
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