I have lived in Lawrence, MA for about 10 years. This is one of the quietest places I have seen, and it's a beautiful area to raise my children. There are several parks in the city, and I enjoy meeting new people when I walk on the sidewalks in town.
Imajine That is one of the places that I like to take my children, especially when it's raining outside or they are out of school. The location is a museum that has many exhibits, some that are hands on so that we can see how things work. It's better for younger children instead of the pre-teens, but there is still a good bit of information that can be found. The best time to go is in the morning before the school groups arrive. This is another reason I like Lawrence so much. The school system is wonderful. All of the teachers who I have encountered are willing to help the students learn. The class sizes are small, and there is usually a high amount of parent involvement for special events.
When I want to get some time away from home after work, I stop by Bar Rock Café. It serves an amazing hamburger, and the environment is usually quiet until later in the evening. I found that it's not wise to go when there's a big game on television because it can get loud. The drinks are served at a typical bar, or you can enjoy your beverage with your meal at your table. There is sometimes live entertainment in the evening.
Lawrence /Boston Massachusetts is not recomended for anyone to live there- i would'nt even want my worst enemy to have to live there. Their Depatment of Children & families -illegally kidnap children, on the basis of lies, & they force the children they capture to live with the false accusors , so that they can scare them & traumatize them into saying what they want them to say, & if they won't say it, then they lie in their court paper work & just "say" that the children said things, even though they did'nt. Then they refuse to let anyone else ask the children if they said it, because they don't want the truth to come out, because if the truth came out, they would not be able to make profit from the federal Governement for "adopting them out" & no one in that whole area, (political officials) will lift a finger to change the DCF's evil ways, or hold them accountable in any way for the crime & trauma they cause ag children & parents.
You would be very well advised, to NEVER even think of moving to Lawrence/Boston Massachusetts, because of the servere corruption of this state as far as their Dept, of Children & Families. It is a shame , that an agency that was "supposed" to "protect" children , is instead being used as a "frount" for turning children into "commodities" for profit. They think nothing of citizen's civil rights, & they have absolutely no regard for the trauma they put children through, as long as "DCF" can make "bonus's" from the Federal government, that they are paid, for how many children they can "adopt out". They are not interested in anyone's "due process" or the truth. They lie, cheat, falsely accuse, fabricate & twist statements in court document paperwork, hide evidence proving innocense of their false accusations, & basically treat parents, especially fathers, with no respect whatsoever, they threaten, &
intimidate, the children, & the parents, useing any unethical tactic & trickery & dishonesty. All this, to profit off of children. They do not care at all about what is "best for children," they only care about what is best for" their bank accounts." They are heartless, & cruel, to children & families, & they should be investigated by the FBI for "crimes against humanity" & held accountable for destroying thousands & thousands of lives , just for money. They have allready been sued with a class action lawsuit for these very same atrocities, yet, the Governor, & every political official there, continue to turn a blind eye, & refuse to regulate these sociopath monsters, & why? ...of course..they want the money. This is a state of organized crime within the government that is supposed to be working "for the people" yet they treat the "people" like dirt.
This city along with Boston and most likely the entire state is nasty. Seems they are making up for their low income there by storming into peoples houses with fake DCF reports as an excuse to kidnap children and sell them for profit and bonus incentives. Take their bonus incentives away and regulate them properly and stop using children to line your nasty pockets and the place might not seem so dirty, nasty and crime ridden. I would not raise children there or live there whether single, married or retired. The place is dirty and cold and the worst possible place to bring your children/grandchildren unless you want to risk police storming in with DCF and forcing you to stay in their dirty state trying to get your children back. Get them as far away from MA. as possible, they have a scam going and it involves selling your kids if they can get their hands on them. They will make up disgusting lies and treatise your children for a buck. Seems the entire state is in on it, DCF is unregulated and encourages anyone to make up anything they want to with no punishment for lies. Seems they encourage liars who have a bone to pick with the children's parents to call in false DCF reports so they can snatch children and put them up for sale. I assume the government is making money off this also, since they are unregulated purposely and running rouge rampaging families for bonus bucks. From the statistics if you look them up you will see only 10 percent of the children DCF nabs actually do need to be removed the other 90% appear to be kids they grabbed for profit.
I visited Lawrence with my boyfriends family last year. And while the atmosphere was charming, it was also cold and detached. The people in Lawrence are nice for the most part, but some of them can be really rude and pushy. Being from the south, it was amazing to me running into this type of hostility.
The city of Lawrence has a lot of history so its a good place to visit if you like studying old America. It is known as the 'Immigrant City' and its true. When you arrive you will be able to get all kinds of delicious and ethnic foods, like authentic Italian or delicious Chinese. The Lawrence Heritage State Park is a huge 23 acre park which is like a living history lesson. It tells you about the life of the workers, but feels too much like a field trip.
The best thing about Lawrence is the fact that its really close to Boston, where if you go to the right areas you can have a great time. Lawrence and Boston both are really urban, so if you aren't used to a big city you will be uncomfortable. The people there are really passionate about their community, and it shows.