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Quincy Center itself has a great deal of activity and energy; it is a perfect miniature version of Boston. Here, residents enjoy a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and offices all centered along Quincy’s favorite street, Hancock Street. Being the heart of Quincy, this area also includes the town staples. Near the heart of the center, you’ll find the Thomas Crane Public Library, which hosts community programs, performances, lectures and the local TV station. This is a large library built in the late 1800s with stone and stained glass. The building gives off the feeling of a small modern castle for study. With a simple walk, there is the United First Parish Church. This is the church where John Adams and John Quincy Adams were buried.

The town’s YMCA is found in the busy center streets. Right in what seems to be the middle of Quincy is city hall and next to it, a large station for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. This provides a main stop for most busses around town, a public parking garage, and the Red Line subway.

Quincy center is a comfortable environment for students and young professionals. The subway gives easy access to the rest of Boston for any scholars or businessman that would need to get in and out of the city quickly. On the weekends, Quincy’s clubs and bars bring Quincy center into the nucleus of night time energy. If you want to explore Boston’s night life, the city is a quick subway stop or cheap cab ride away. For sporting events, Stadium and The Fours provide excellent TV viewing space and unique pub fare with just the right atmosphere for local comradery. For your career life, Quincy College brings in many programs to help motivated individuals improve upon themselves.

This neighborhood originated as the land in which the Adams Families built their homes on and amongst a great deal of other notable citizens. Quincy Center had the first meaningful transportation lines that supplied easy access to the rest of the South Shore. These routes from Boston brought major development. Soon after, Quincy Center was built up as a main retail center for anyone passing through on their way in or out of Boston. Since then, the area has come back from competing with suburban shopping centers and is now chalk full of developments that put retail space with office developments. President’s Plaza is a current example. You’ll also find the headquarters of Stop and Shop here in the center, as well as major branches of Citizens Bank and Bank of America. On the outskirts you will find small reminders that Quincy holds some of New England’s business roots. On the corner of the Southern Artery and Thomas J McGrath Highway is the site of the original Stop & Shop with a store from the chain now standing. Furthermore, right next to that location is the original Dunkin Donuts. This is a renovated version of the original with the old original font spelling out the name.

For an older town, Quincy still has its eyes on the future. Currently Quincy Center is in the midst of a $1.6 billion downtown revitalization project which will only add to the appeal of the city. The project has become a model for all of Massachusetts and throughout the US. It is the first town in Massachusetts to gain District Improvement Financing. This is a state program that will help Quincy with new public works projects dedicated to roads, parking, green space, and the main concourse. In order to double renovation efforts, Quincy has also added a Master Tax Increment Financing program for Quincy Center. This will help businesses receive tax exemptions for creating new jobs. On top of this, the Quincy City council is applying a new zoning district to change height allowances, density and parking codes, and  to create a faster permitting process. This will hasten development efforts and once finished, generate a new exuberant feel for residents. Upcoming design guidelines include more pedestrian friendly plans to improve walking access to all parts of the neighborhood. Visit www.newquincycenter.com for better details on what the town has in store.

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