Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Is New Bedford on the rebound?

I'll also use this opportunity to tout my brother's photography, which I've used to illustrate this New Bedford story without asking him first. He's super talented.

According to the New York Times, New Bedford may be on the verge of a comeback, with defunct mills undergoing conversion into upscale waterfront condos, and the first downtown hotel since 1958 planned for development this year.

The five-story hotel will incorporate a historic granite structure, which used to be a whale oil refinery, a reminder of the days when New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world. Its facade will combine brick, granite and wood.
The site is just outside the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, 13 city blocks of 18th- and 19th-century buildings where the likes of Herman Melville and Frederick Douglass once strolled.
“This is very important to the city,” New Bedford’s mayor, Scott W. Lang, said of the hotel.

The New Bedford Standard-Times also ran a story about the city's revitalization.

And the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has a piece about this "Whale of a City."