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Medford Market-place made modern.

In the June (1915) issue of the Register we recorded some current history under the above caption, alluding to a proposed improvement not yet realized, and suggested some that might later come. Relative to this we quote our own words:—
It will only remain for the city of Medford to cure what need not be endured, by the purchase of its neighbors' holdings on both sides of the ancient but much-maligned city hall, and erect on their sites a substantial municipal building such as may spread its protecting mantle over the less beautiful neighbors' defects. Then Medford square, bigger, better and busier, may be made modern, and creditably, too. Will this latter ever be history?

[p. 88] We think it will, judging by present appearances, though we scarcely expected the change so soon. The above came from the press early in June (Vol. XVIII, p. 46). In the Medford Mercury of June 25 the mayor wrote to the public, saying,

I shall ask the aldermen to assist me in purchasing at a reasonable figure the building in the square next the present city hall, and we can then cut off the corner into Main street and open up Medford square where the city hall now is and build a municipal office building.

We are aware that as usual in such matters there are differences of opinion relative to sites. These we are not discussing. We are recording matters of history. At the present writing all the five buildings have been razed and the space between High street and the river lies open, but not for long, as contracts for the foundations of the new structure are awarded. This will certainly be in marked contrast to those removed, and will add to the attractiveness of our water park as no business buildings that might (or more likely might not) be erected could do. By courtesy of Mayor Haines we present a view of the same, made from the architect's drawing.

The city's executive offices are at present housed in the new ‘Medford Building,’ recently erected on the sites of the old Seccomb house and Tufts hall. Into this several Medford merchants have moved and some new business concerns have come. Medford's old marketplace is thus made more modern, ‘bigger, busier, and better.’

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