I moved to Springfield 4 years ago. I did so because of its central location and close vicinity to highways, shopping, entertainment and of course nearby family. Honestly I was a bit reluctant to do so because I was raised in a small Massachusetts Town and had only heard about Springfield through our reliable media. I can honestly say that living in Springfield has been a pleasant experience. I live in one of the best neighborhoods in the city, but unfortunately all of Springfield gets a bad rep. Please who are not from around here don't realize that good neighborhoods still exist. Yes there are very bad neighborhoods in Springfield where the crime rates soar, but this is the same in any large city.
A couple things to note:
*The picture provided for the cover of the review, isn't even of Springfield.
*If you click on Springfield to "find more" it has bogus stats like gas prices are $3.96, and average summer temp is 69... All wrong.
Positive things to note:
*Very central! 5-10min from many neighboring Towns and highways
*Fire Department is excellent
*Realestate is very affordable
*There are many charter schools and private school options in addition to the notorious public schools that get a bad rep.
*Attractions such as Forest Park and Forest Park Zoo, and the Museums at the Quadrangle
You can get great heroin on main st.upper end. Also, lots of halfway houses there as well. Now, if you have money, lots of money, its a mecca of greatness. Like everywhere else, depends on where you l8ok and "want to look".Lived there a long time,reminds me of a small New York.when I was younger, it was this huge place that had something for everyone at every turn. After growin up around there,"chicopee" is where I started out, you see more and meet more people. Both good and bad is there. But ive lived in many places, and theres good and bad everywhere. It all depends where yiu look.
lived in Springfield ma and i can tell you its a real hole in the wall and i have lived in NYC and Philly this is probably one of the worst cities in America trashy people that want to fight all the time way past low class just one big loud hood there is trash every were people playing loud hip hop all night i saw some residents try to get hit by a car so they could try to collect insurance money i could go on all day but why just stay away from this dump of a town please
I visited Springfield, MA about two years ago in 2008. Springfield, MA is a famous little city or at least it should be, yet nobody seems to know anything about it! Not to bore you but Springfield has an exciting history. In fact, Theodor Seuss Geisel; better known as Dr. Suess was born in Springfield! If that wasn't enough, James Naismith just so happened to invent the basketball in Springfield, MA as well! What more does a city need to be famous?
Nature lovers should be warned that Springfield has an invigoratingly green atmosphere. In fact Country Home Magazine named Springfield one of the "Greenest Cities" in the country! I especially enjoyed Forest Park which is truly a wonderful and large "Green Zone" which is quite the surprise in a metropolitan city!
There are several malls and shopping locations in Springfield which are sure to prove useful including the beautiful Tower Square. Dining in Springfield is very classy with restaurants such as "Big Mamou" and my favorite "A Touch of Garlic". If your after nightlife be sure to visit "Onyx Fusion Bar & Restaurant". Onyx Fusion is a great night spot, however sadly enough it is the only night spot! Overall Springfield, MA is a great little city with tons of history, beautiful scenery and some excellent restaurants and bars. So, lets all raise our glasses to Springfield, MA.