Northshore Magazine

March 2016

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32 | MARCH 2016 nshoremag.com MEDIAN 68 1/2 Aborn St., 3 bd., 1 ba., 1,067 sq. ft., Lot 8,276 sq. ft. PRICE $280,000 AGENT Century 21 North Shore HIGH END 46 Hampshire Rd., 3 bd., 3 ba., 1,775 sq. ft., 0.33 acre PRICE $529,900 AGENT Boston Hub Real Estate Real Estate Peabody Date of settlement 1626 Date incorporated as a city 1916 Area 16.8 square miles Population 51,251 ZIP code 01960 Household income $65,515 plans for its centennial celebra- tion. Dubbed "Peabody 100," the festivities will kick off May 15 with a Food Truck Festival at the historic Brooksby Farm, and continue with a Stars and Stripes summer concert on July 23 and a centennial pa- rade on October 2. The events will continue into 2017, with a centen- nial birthday party at City Hall on January 2 and a grand ball at the Northshore Mall on May 7. As Peabody residents prepare for their year-long centennial celebration, there's plenty to do and see in the meantime. One of the city's hidden gems is certainly the Peabody Institute Library, which has renovated much of its interior over the past several years. "I think they might be really surprised if they stop into the li- brary," says library director Martha Holden. "It's a comfortable, inviting space, and it's loaded with little treasures, little things you might not expect in a public library." For instance, the library has a prized and rare set of 435 of John James Audubon's elephant folio THE DETAILS photograph by Robert Boyd (above) At Peabody's 160-year-old library, you'll find not only books and a vi- brant makerspace but also treasures of the art world, such as rare Audu- bon prints, on display. A fleet of food trucks from around New England will be rolling into town this May. And a pop-up pub and café have enlivened downtown with beer, cof- fee, and pastry, as well as outdoor activity, making Peabody a wonder- ful combination of the historic and the contemporary. This year will shine a light on that character as the small city celebrates the centen- nial of its 1916 incorporation, while continuing to revamp its downtown and bring a new modernity and vibrancy to its streets. "Peabody has a renewed focus on itself. That change is palpable," says Deanne M. Healey, IOM, president and CEO of the Peabody Area Cham- ber of Commerce. "More organiza- tions are working together for a common goal. We're trying to take advantage of partnerships and play- ing off each other's strengths." That renewed focus is evident in the city's continued work with its Main Street realignment project, which is slated to be completed this year and aims to make the street safer and more user-friendly for both pedestrians and drivers. After reducing the number of driving lanes from four to two, the city will next move its Soldiers and Sailors Civil War monument closer to the courthouse and create a four-way in- tersection, as well as outdoor plazas, Healey says. "It's safer, it feels more comfort- able," Joan Morrissey of the Peabody Downtown Association says of the changes. "It feels more like home. It's such a comfortable, homey com- munity feel." The appreciation of both old and new is also evident in Peabody's The infrastructure of downtown Peabody has undergone a major reconfiguration.

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