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CUPPLES SQUARE Cupples Square sits at the intersection of Westford and Pine Streets in the western half of the Lower Highlands. Cupples Square is an important gateway to the Lower Highlands for visitors driving in from the East via Westford Street or from the North via School Street. The Square is also a key business and commercial center within the Lower Highlands neighborhood.

VISION

The physical form and commercial mixture at Cupples Square has developed organically over time. The composition of the businesses has changed over the 20th century, as successive waves of immigrant groups, such as Swedish, Irish, Greeks, FrenchCanadian and, most recently, Southeast Asian newcomers established small, service-type stores to serve the neighborhood. It is this history of diversity in ownership and a focus on the community in Cupples Square that we aim to capture. The storefronts along Westford Street are eclectic and varied in both style and purpose. Westford Street is lined with a variety of convenience shops such as a supermarket, restaurant, and video-rental business. At the heart of the intersection at Pine Street and Westford Street lies the only flat-iron building in Lowell. This building has architectural and aesthetic significance and is a unique landmark within the neighborhood.

• Improve pedestrian amenities

Encourage Cupples Square to flourish as a neighborhood commercial hub that celebrates the unique identity of the neighborhood. SITE GOALS • Improve the flow of traffic • Provide resources to help businesses flourish • Create a distinct “main street” feel

Additionally, there is a great deal of parking in the areas immediately surrounding the Square as well as along Westford Street. Much of this parking is frequently left vacant. Cupples Square certainly has the capacity to accommodate more retail activity. Currently, pedestrian interaction with the streetscape is undervalued, and there is a notable lack of clear points for pedestrian crossing across Westford Street. Cars speed through the square without concern for pedestrian movement. Perhaps this is a symptom of the square’s lack of visible identity markers. Upon approaching the site, there is no indication CUPPLES SQUARE

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Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

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