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December 31, 2013

Our view: A brighter future for downtown Peabody

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A healthy business center along Main Street is surely desirable, but even more so is the community center that a thriving downtown can provide. Peabody lost that to the mall years ago, but it seems on a course to reclaim it — and make the downtown the heart of the city once again.

Bettencourt deserves praise for focusing on the downtown and coming up with practical ideas to help it blossom. The council’s backing for his new initiatives makes it possible to envision a true downtown in Peabody once again.

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