Since September 1st I’ve been driving my daughter to the Lowell High Freshman Academy. Just in the past two weeks I’ve made the following observations:
1) Try to get into Dunkin Donuts, Brew’d Awakenings and other coffee places in the downtown area between 7:00 – 7:45 they are filled with LHS students, usually with lines out the door.
2) Getting into then out of the Downtown between 7:20 – 7:40 am while dropping her off on Paige St. then heading toward the Lowell Connector is much easier and convenient than getting from the Lowell Connector back to my home in Centralville between 5:15 -6:00 PM
3) Drive up Dutton st. toward the train station and see first hand the huge number of LHS students walking to the High School from the Highlands and Cambodia town, then tell me what sense it makes to move the school out of its existing location.
4) Grab a coffee at Dunkin’s on Bridge St. in Centalville and watch the number of students who walk to school from that section of the city.
5) If businesses are to survive in the downtown they need to be student friendly and the students need to be exposed to them. Many people complained about the “kids” in the downtown when school got out. So the LRTA changed their route to pick the students up right at the High School.
IF the LRTA didn’t pick the kids up RIGHT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL in the afternoon, many of them would be downtown and stopping at Jimmy John’s or SUBWAY the way I used to stop at Ricky’s Dog House and Mossie’s!
You can’t complain that the students don’t support the businesses when after school the busses pick them up at the door but in the morning drop them off downtown and the coffee houses are filled with them!!
On the one hand you complain about the kids being downtown then on the other you claim they don’t patronize the businesses. I see every morning evidence that shows if they get dropped off downtown they go to the open businesses that have something they want.
In the afternoon, when they walk out of school onto a bus, they don’t get that opportunity to patronize the businesses.