Welcome to Chelsea, the new ‘it’ zip
Boston Globe - 12/08/2014
Now Chelsea is on the move, but, quite remarkably, without leaving behind its poor people. Chelsea’s history as a gateway city is worth noting and preserving. For decades, the city has welcomed waves of immigrants, offering affordable housing nearby to Boston’s jobs. Beginning with European immigrants 100 years ago, continuing with Latinos, more recently refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq, and now those unaccompanied children who arrived here from Central America.
Today many of its residents are staying in Chelsea for work. As recently reportedby the Globe’s Shirley Leung, Chelsea received high marks from a recent look by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern. The report identified “working cities” as municipalities that were above the state average for poverty and below the state average for family income. It calculated employment growth from 2001 to 2013 — the state average for this period was 0.73 percent — and found Chelsea to be the number-one fastest growing “working city” at nearly 11 percent.