A City Loses Its Heart

In Lynn, Mass., buildings and dreams go up in smoke

Brian Magrane, 38, chairman of the Economic Development Industrial Corporation in Lynn, Mass. (pop. 78,741), was feeling proud and elated as he drove home in the wee hours. His high school class reunion earlier that night had been a rousing success, and in three days a contract was to be signed for the final phase of his proudest achievement: a fiveyear, $194 million renewal of Lynn's downtown. Vast, empty Victorian brick factories, relics of the Lynn's long reign as "Shoe Capital" of the nation,...

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