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Fall 2010 Practicum Blog Posts

We chronicled the student experience of the Fall 2010 MIT@Lawrence Practicum through a series of blog posts on MIT CoLab Radio. Check them out at the links below:

2010 Bilingual Practica Reports Available Online

You can view the bilingual final reports from both the Spring and Fall 2010 MIT@Lawrence Practicum courses online:

Bilingual Practicum Final Report (Spring 2010)

Bilingual Practicum Final Report (Fall 2010)

Union Crossing: LCW and the Revitalization of Lawrence, MA

Check out Patricia Molina Costa’s paper, Union Crossing: LCW and the Revitalization of Lawrence, MA. This paper explores the redevelopment of several 19th century mills into a mixed-used area in the city of Lawrence, MA, led by a local Community Development Corporation, Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW).

Patricia is a Fulbright Scholar who is completing a one year research stay with MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. This paper was written as part of her coursework for Professor Susan Fainstein’s Redevelopment Policy class which is taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Patricia also engaged with civic leaders and residents in Lawrence as a student in the Fall 2010 practicum.

Practicum continues MIT’s commitment to the people of Lawrence

This semester, the Lawrence Practicum is focused on transforming abandoned properties into community assets. Students are investigating accountability with bank-owned properties, specifically in regards to maintenance on these foreclosed homes, and how real estate owned (REO) properties can generate revenue for the City of Lawrence. Building upon the strong relationship that was established with the Mayor’s Office during the last practicum in Spring 2010, students continue to work with the Economic and Community Development Departments, while strengthening relationships with Inspectional Services, the Fire Department, the Police Department, and the Planning Department. Furthermore, this semester, the 8th graders who visit MIT from the Lawrence Family Development Charter School will be further incorporated into the practicum work. Stay tuned for more details!

Join Lawrence CommunityWorks for Union Crossing’s Groundbreaking!

Join Lawrence CommunityWorks, Secretary Greg Bialecki and the City of Lawrence to celebrate the start of construction on Union Crossing.  Union Crossing is the redevelopment of an historic but underutilized complex of mill buildings along the Merrimack River into a thriving new neighborhood with housing, jobs and services for Lawrence families and businesses. Union Crossing Phase I is being developed by Lawrence CommunityWorks, in partnership with Lou & Juan Yepez.

You are also invited to join Secretary Bialecki at his first stop of the day, a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Levis Building at 12 Methuen Street in Lawrence.

Please join us to celebrate this important milestone! Lunch will be served.