Publication Date

January 1987

Journal or Book Title

New England Journal of Public Policy


This article analyzes the reindustrialization problems facing mature-industry communities in Massachusetts. The findings are based upon our planning consulting work and research projects involving forty cities and towns. The range of these communities includes those which have recovered, are on their way to recovery, and are stable; those which are declining; and those whose status is indeterminate. A variety of factors are reviewed, including unionization; work-force characteristics; the relationship between small and large plants; the characteristics of local companies; location; financing; the availability of land; and the role of local planning. Finally, we present recommendations concerning local action and possible state-policy initiatives.


This article is reprinted with permission from the New England Journal of Public Policy of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies. It was first published in 1987.