Just thought I would throw this out there for all the doom and gloom people who think the Country is screwed. I live in Lowell, MA. Some of you may think it is full of crackheads, gang-bangers and hookers. Others may think it is the City with canals and Mills and an urban National Park. I left Lowell in 2001 and moved to Southern New Hampshire. Lowell was trying to re-invent itself, yet again, after the dot.com crash. I stayed in Southern New Hampshire until 2003 then moved to Stoneham, MA. After bouncing around from Stoneham to Burlington, MA I moved back to Lowell in April of this year. There is a building boom going on in this City of 100,000. Most of the old Mills have been converted to commercial, residential, or even artists lofts. UMass-Lowell is building dorms, a research center, and a student center. Bridges are being replaced, crime has dropped, and people (with jobs!) are flocking to the City for affordable rent and real estate prices. There are new shops and restaurants opening downtown on a weekly basis. Lowell is also a melting pot of cultures; something that can't be said about a lot of mid-sized cities in this Country. Question for the doom and gloom crowd: Why is Lowell booming? One more question for the doom and gloom crowd: Why is the mall freakin' packed every time I have the misfortune of going to the mall?