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Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States.[15] Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River
Connecticut River
near its confluence with three rivers: the western Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and the eastern Mill River. As of the 2010 Census, the city's population was 153,060.[9] Metropolitan Springfield, as one of two metropolitan areas in Massachusetts
Massachusetts
(the other being Greater Boston), had a population of 692,942 as of 2010.[11] The first Springfield in the New World, it is the largest city in western New England, and the urban, economic, and cultural capital of Massachusetts' Connecticut River
Connecticut River
Valley (colloquially known as the Pioneer Valley). It is the third-largest city in Massachusetts
Massachusetts
and fourth-largest in New England
New England
after Boston, Worcester, and Providence. Springfield has several nicknames – "The City of Firsts", because of its many innovations (see below for a partial list); "The City of Homes", due to its Victorian residential architecture; and "Hoop City", as basketball – one of the world's most popular sports[16] – was invented in Springfield by James Naismith. Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, lies 24 miles (39 km) south of Springfield, on the western bank of the Connecticut
Connecticut
River. Bradley International Airport, which sits 12 miles (19 km) south of Metro Center Springfield, is Hartford-Springfield's airport.[17][18][19] The Hartford-Springfield
Hartford-Springfield
region is known as the Knowledge Corridor
Knowledge Corridor
because it hosts over 160,000 university students and over 32 universities and liberal arts colleges – the second-highest concentration of higher-learning institutions in the United States.[20] The city of Springfield itself is home to Springfield College, Western New England University, American International College, and Springfield Technical Community College, among other higher educational institutions.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography

2.1 Climate 2.2 Neighborhoods

3 Demographics

3.1 Income

4 Economy

4.1 Business headquarters 4.2 Companies headquartered in Springfield 4.3 Companies formerly in Springfield

5 Arts and culture

5.1 Amusement parks and fairs 5.2 Festivals 5.3 Museums 5.4 Music 5.5 Nightlife 5.6 Points of interest

6 Sports 7 Architecture 8 Parks 9 Government

9.1 City of Springfield

9.1.1 Finances

9.2 Judicial system 9.3 Politics 9.4 Switch to ward representation 9.5 Crime

10 Education

10.1 Grade schools

10.1.1 Public schools (K–12) 10.1.2 Private schools

10.2 Higher education

10.2.1 Universities and colleges 10.2.2 Community colleges

10.3 Library

11 Media

11.1 Newspapers 11.2 Television

11.2.1 Cable operators

11.3 Radio

12 Transportation

12.1 Rail 12.2 Bus 12.3 Air

13 Water and sewer system 14 Sister cities 15 Notable people 16 See also 17 Notes and references

17.1 Notes 17.2 References

18 Further reading 19 External links

History[edit]

View of Springfield, Massachusetts, on the Connecticut River
Connecticut River
circa 1840-45, by Thomas Chambers, oil on canvas, as seen at the Springfield Metropolitan Museum of Art

Main article: History of Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield was founded in 1636 by English Puritan William Pynchon
William Pynchon
as "Agawam Plantation" under the administration of the Connecticut Colony. In 1641 it was renamed after Pynchon's hometown of Springfield, Essex, England, following incidents that precipitated the settlement joining the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Bay Colony.[21] During its early existence, Springfield flourished as both an agricultural settlement and trading post, although its prosperity waned dramatically during (and after) King Philip's War
King Philip's War
in 1675, when natives laid siege to it and burned it to the ground. The original settlement – today's downtown Springfield – was located atop bluffs at the confluence of four rivers, at the nexus of trade routes to Boston, Albany, New York
Albany, New York
City, and Montreal, and with some of the northeastern United States' most fertile soil.[22] In 1777, Springfield's location at numerous crossroads led George Washington and Henry Knox
Henry Knox
to establish the United States' National Armory at Springfield, which produced the first American musket in 1794, and later the famous Springfield rifle.[23] From 1777 until its closing during the Vietnam War, the Springfield Armory
Springfield Armory
attracted skilled laborers to Springfield, making it the United States' longtime center for precision manufacturing.[24] The near-capture of the armory during Shays' Rebellion
Shays' Rebellion
of 1787 led directly to the formation of the U.S. Constitutional Convention.

Main Street in Springfield, 1908

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Springfielders produced many innovations, including the first American-English dictionary (1805, Merriam-Webster); the first use of interchangeable parts and the assembly line in manufacturing (1819, Thomas Blanchard); the first American horseless car (1825, Thomas Blanchard); the discovery and patent of vulcanized rubber (1844, Charles Goodyear); the first American gasoline-powered car (1893, Duryea Brothers); the first successful motorcycle company (1901, "Indian"); one of America's first commercial radio stations (1921, WBZ, broadcast from the Hotel Kimball); and most famously, the world's second-most-popular sport, basketball (1891, Dr. James Naismith).[23] Springfield underwent a protracted decline during the second half of the 20th century, due largely to the decommissioning of the Springfield Armory
Springfield Armory
in 1969; poor city planning decisions, such as the location of the elevated I-91 along the city's Connecticut
Connecticut
River front; and overall decline of industry throughout the northeastern United States. During the 1980s and 1990s, Springfield developed a national reputation for crime, political corruption and cronyism, which stands in stark contrast to the reputation it enjoyed throughout much of U.S. history. During the early 21st century, Springfield sought to overcome its downgrade in reputation via long-term revitalization projects and undertook several large but unfinished projects, including a $1 billion high-speed rail line (New Haven- Hartford-Springfield
Hartford-Springfield
high-speed rail;)[25] a proposed $1 billion MGM casino;[26] and various other construction and revitalization projects.[27] Geography[edit]

The Knowledge Corridor
Knowledge Corridor
surrounding Springfield from space

Springfield is located at 42°6′45″N 72°32′51″W / 42.11250°N 72.54750°W / 42.11250; -72.54750 (42.112411, −72.547455).[28] According to the United States
United States
Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.1 square miles (85.7 km2), of which 31.9 square miles (82.5 km2) are land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), or 3.65%, are water.[29] Once nicknamed "The City in a Forest," Springfield features over 4.0 square miles (10.4 km2) of urban parkland, 12% of its total land area.[30] Located in the fertile Connecticut River
Connecticut River
Valley, surrounded by mountains, bluffs, and rolling hills in all cardinal directions, Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut
Connecticut
River, near its confluence with two major tributary rivers – the western Westfield River, which flows into the Connecticut
Connecticut
opposite Springfield's South End Bridge; and the eastern Chicopee River, which flows into the Connecticut
Connecticut
less than 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of Springfield, in the city of Chicopee (which constituted one of Springfield's most populous neighborhoods until it separated and became an independent municipality in 1852).[31] The Connecticut
Connecticut
state line sits only 4 miles (6 km) south of Springfield, beside the wealthy suburb of Longmeadow, which itself separated from Springfield in 1783.[31] Springfield's densely urban Metro Center district surrounding Main Street is relatively flat, and follows the north-south trajectory of the Connecticut
Connecticut
River; however, as one moves eastward, the city becomes increasingly hilly. Aside from its rivers, Springfield's second most prominent topographical feature is the city's 735-acre (297 ha) Forest Park, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Forest Park lies in the southwestern corner of the city, surrounded by Springfield's attractive garden districts, Forest Park and Forest Park Heights, which feature over 600 Victorian Painted Lady mansions. Forest Park also borders Western Massachusetts' most affluent town, Longmeadow. Springfield shares borders with other well-heeled suburbs such as East Longmeadow, Wilbraham, Ludlow and the de-industrializing city of Chicopee. The small cities of Agawam and West Springfield lie less than a mile (1.6 km) from Springfield's Metro Center, across the Connecticut
Connecticut
River. The City of Springfield also owns the Springfield Country Club, located in the autonomous city of West Springfield, which separated from Springfield in 1774.[31] Climate[edit]

Springfield, MA

Climate chart (explanation)

J F M A M J J A S O N D

    3.2     35 18

    2.9     39 21

    3.6     48 28

    3.7     61 38

    4.4     71 48

    4.4     80 57

    4.2     85 63

    3.9     83 61

    3.9     75 53

    4.4     63 41

    3.9     52 33

    3.4     40 23

Average max. and min. temperatures in °F

Precipitation
Precipitation
totals in inches

Metric conversion

J F M A M J J A S O N D

    82     1 −8

    73     4 −6

    92     9 −2

    94     16 4

    110     22 9

    110     26 14

    106     29 17

    100     28 16

    99     24 12

    111     17 5

    99     11 1

    87     4 −5

Average max. and min. temperatures in °C

Precipitation
Precipitation
totals in mm

Springfield, like other cities in southern New England, has a humid continental climate (Köppen: Dfa) with four distinct seasons and precipitation evenly distributed throughout the year. Winters are cold with a daily average in January of around 26 °F (−3 °C). During winter, nor'easter storms can drop significant snowfalls on Springfield and the Connecticut River
Connecticut River
Valley. Temperatures below 0 °F (−18 °C) can occur each year, though the area does not experience the high snowfall amounts and blustery wind averages of nearby cities such as Worcester, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
and Albany, New York. Springfield's summers are very warm and sometimes humid. During summer, several times per month, on hot days afternoon thunderstorms will develop when unstable warm air collides with approaching cold fronts. The daily average in July is around 74 °F (23 °C). Usually several days during the summer exceed 90 °F (32 °C), constituting a "heat wave." Spring and fall temperatures are usually pleasant, with mild days and crisp, cool nights. Precipitation
Precipitation
averages 46.7 inches (1,186 mm) annually, and snowfall averages 49 inches (124 cm), most of which falls from mid-December to early March. Although not unheard of, extreme weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes occur infrequently in Springfield compared with other areas in the country. On the occasions that hurricanes have hit New England, Springfield's inland, upriver location has caused its damages to be considerably less than shoreline cities like New Haven, Connecticut
Connecticut
and Providence, Rhode Island. On June 1, 2011, Springfield was directly struck by the second-largest tornado ever to hit Massachusetts.[32] With wind speeds exceeding 160 mph (257 km/h), the tornado left three dead, hundreds injured, and over 500 homeless in the city alone.[33][34] The tornado caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage to Springfield and destroyed nearly everything in a 39-mile (63 km) path from Westfield to Charlton, Massachusetts.[32] It was the first deadly tornado to strike Massachusetts
Massachusetts
since May 29, 1995.

Climate data for Bradley International Airport, Connecticut (1981–2010 normals,[b] extremes 1905–present)[c]

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 72 (22) 74 (23) 89 (32) 96 (36) 99 (37) 100 (38) 103 (39) 102 (39) 101 (38) 91 (33) 83 (28) 76 (24) 103 (39)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 55.6 (13.1) 57.4 (14.1) 70.1 (21.2) 82.9 (28.3) 89.0 (31.7) 92.8 (33.8) 95.1 (35.1) 94.1 (34.5) 88.7 (31.5) 79.4 (26.3) 70.8 (21.6) 59.0 (15) 97.2 (36.2)

Average high °F (°C) 34.5 (1.4) 38.5 (3.6) 47.7 (8.7) 60.5 (15.8) 71.2 (21.8) 79.6 (26.4) 84.5 (29.2) 82.7 (28.2) 74.9 (23.8) 63.1 (17.3) 51.6 (10.9) 39.7 (4.3) 60.7 (15.9)

Daily mean °F (°C) 26.1 (−3.3) 29.7 (−1.3) 37.8 (3.2) 49.4 (9.7) 59.5 (15.3) 68.5 (20.3) 73.6 (23.1) 71.9 (22.2) 63.8 (17.7) 52.1 (11.2) 42.4 (5.8) 31.6 (−0.2) 50.5 (10.3)

Average low °F (°C) 17.7 (−7.9) 20.9 (−6.2) 27.9 (−2.3) 38.4 (3.6) 47.7 (8.7) 57.3 (14.1) 62.7 (17.1) 61.1 (16.2) 52.7 (11.5) 41.1 (5.1) 33.2 (0.7) 23.4 (−4.8) 40.3 (4.6)

Mean minimum °F (°C) −2 (−19) 1.9 (−16.7) 10.7 (−11.8) 26.2 (−3.2) 33.5 (0.8) 44.2 (6.8) 51.5 (10.8) 48.4 (9.1) 37.8 (3.2) 26.9 (−2.8) 17.5 (−8.1) 6.0 (−14.4) −4.5 (−20.3)

Record low °F (°C) −26 (−32) −24 (−31) −6 (−21) 9 (−13) 28 (−2) 37 (3) 44 (7) 36 (2) 30 (−1) 17 (−8) 1 (−17) −18 (−28) −26 (−32)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.23 (82) 2.89 (73.4) 3.62 (91.9) 3.72 (94.5) 4.35 (110.5) 4.35 (110.5) 4.18 (106.2) 3.93 (99.8) 3.88 (98.6) 4.37 (111) 3.89 (98.8) 3.44 (87.4) 45.85 (1,164.6)

Average snowfall inches (cm) 12.3 (31.2) 11.0 (27.9) 6.4 (16.3) 1.4 (3.6) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 2.0 (5.1) 7.4 (18.8) 40.5 (102.9)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 inch) 10.8 9.7 11.5 11.2 12.8 12.2 10.4 10.0 9.8 10.2 10.7 10.7 130.0

Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 inch) 5.8 4.7 3.5 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 4.7 20.1

Average relative humidity (%) 63.9 63.0 60.4 58.0 63.0 67.3 68.0 70.6 72.9 69.2 68.3 68.0 66.0

Mean monthly sunshine hours 169.8 176.1 213.9 228.2 258.6 273.4 293.1 269.6 223.6 199.4 139.4 139.5 2,584.6

Percent possible sunshine 58 59 58 57 57 60 64 63 60 58 47 49 58

Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961–1990)[36][37][38]

Neighborhoods[edit]

Indian Orchard Boston
Boston
Road Pine Point Sixteen Acres Forest Park East Forest Park East Springfield Bay McKnight Metro Center Old Hill Six Corners South End Upper Hill Liberty Heights Memorial Square Brightwood

For a more complete topographical description, see Springfield, Massachusetts, neighborhoods. Springfield is divided into 17 distinct neighborhoods; in alphabetical order, they are:

Bay – features Blunt Park. In terms of demographics, Bay is primarily African American. Boston
Boston
Road – named for its proximity to the original Boston Post Road system, features the Eastfield Mall. Primarily commercial in character, it comprises several shopping plazas designed for automobile travel. Brightwood – features numerous Baystate Health
Baystate Health
specialty buildings. Amputated from the rest of Springfield by the Interstate 91 elevated highway, academic suggestions are being made to reunite the neighborhood with the city.[39][40] East Forest Park – Primarily upper-middle class residential in character. Borders East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. East Springfield – features Smith & Wesson and the Performance Food Group. Residential and working-class in character. Forest Park – features Frederick Law Olmsted's renowned 735 acres (3.0 km2) Forest Park and the Forest Park Heights Historic District, (established 1975).[41] Residential in character, featuring a commercial district at "The X" and an upper-class garden district surrounding Olmsted's park. Indian Orchard – features a well-defined Main Street and historic mill buildings that have become artists' spaces. Formerly a suburb of Springfield, Indian Orchard developed separately as a milltown on the Chicopee River
Chicopee River
before joining Springfield. Primarily residential in character, Indian Orchard features Lake Lorraine State Park, Hubbard Park, and weekly farmers markets.[42] Liberty Heights – features Springfield's three nationally ranked hospitals: Baystate Health, Mercy Medical, and Shriner's Children's Hospital. Primarily residential and medical in character, it features a demographically diverse population. Liberty Heights includes eclectic districts like Hungry Hill and Atwater Park, and Springfield's 3rd largest park, Van Horn Park. The McKnight Historic District – features the Knowledge Corridor's largest array of historic, Victorian architecture, including over 900 Painted Ladies. Primarily residential in character, McKnight was the United States' first planned residential neighborhood.[23] McKnight's commercial district is called Mason Square. Features American International College. In terms of demographics, McKnight features significant populations of African American and LGBT
LGBT
residents, and is home to Mason Square, named for African American
African American
philanthropist Primus P. Mason. Memorial Square – features the North End's commercial district. Metro Center – features nearly all major cultural venues in the region.[43] Commercial, cultural, civic, and increasingly residential in character. Features the Downtown Business District, The Club Quarter – with over 60 clubs, restaurants, and bars – numerous festivals, cultural institutions, educational institutions, and significant historic sites. North End – not technically a Springfield neighborhood, but rather three northern Springfield neighborhoods. Includes Brightwood, which is residential and medical in character, but cut off from the rest of the city by Interstate 91; Memorial Square, which is commercial in character; and Liberty Heights, which is medical and residential in character. In terms of demographics, the North End is predominantly Puerto Rican. Old Hill – features Springfield College. Residential in character. Bordering Lake Massasoit. Old Hill is primarily Latino.[44] Pine Point – features the headquarters of MassMutual, a Fortune 100 company. Primarily middle-class and residential in character. Six Corners – features Mulberry Street in the Ridgewood Historic District (established 1977;)[45] the Lower Maple Historic District (established 1977;)[46] and the Maple Hill Historic District, (established 1977).[47] Urban and residential in character. Sixteen Acres – features Western New England
New England
University and SABIS International School. Suburban in character. Includes much of Springfield's post- World War II
World War II
suburban architecture. South End – features numerous Italian-American restaurants, festivals, and landmarks. Urban and commercial in character, this neighborhood was hard hit by the June 1, 2011, tornado. Includes the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame; however, it is separated from it by Interstate 91. Upper Hill – features Wesson Park. Bordering Lake Massasoit. Residential in character. Located between Springfield College
Springfield College
and American International College.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1790 1,574

1800 2,312

46.9%

1810 2,767

19.7%

1820 3,914

41.5%

1830 6,784

73.3%

1840 10,985

61.9%

1850 11,766

7.1%

1860 15,199

29.2%

1870 26,703

75.7%

1880 33,340

24.9%

1890 44,179

32.5%

1900 62,059

40.5%

1910 88,926

43.3%

1920 129,614

45.8%

1930 149,900

15.7%

1940 149,554

−0.2%

1950 162,399

8.6%

1960 174,463

7.4%

1970 163,905

−6.1%

1980 152,319

−7.1%

1990 156,983

3.1%

2000 152,082

−3.1%

2010 153,060

0.6%

Est. 2016 154,074 [10] 0.7%

: * population estimate. [48] [49][50]

According to the 2010 Census, Springfield had a population of 153,060, of which 72,573 (47.4%) were male and 80,487 (52.6%) were female. 73.0% of the population were over 18 years old, and 10.9% were over 65 years old; the median age was 32.2 years. The median age for males was 30.2 years and 34.1 years for females. According to the 2010 Census, there were 61,706 housing units in Springfield, of which 56,752 were occupied. This was the highest average of home occupancy among the four distinct Western New England metropolises (the other three being Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport, Connecticut). Also as of 2010, Springfield features the highest average home owner occupancy ratio among the four Western New England metropolises at 50% – 73,232 Springfielders live in owner-occupied units, versus 74,111 in rental units. By comparison, as of the 2010 Census, New Haven
New Haven
features an owner occupancy rate of 31%; Hartford of 26%; and Bridgeport of 43%.[51] In terms of race and ethnicity, Springfield is 51.8% White, 22.3% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.4% Asian (1.2% Vietnamese, 0.3% Chinese, 0.2% Indian, 0.1% Cambodian, 0.1% Filipino, 0.1% Korean, 0.1% Pakistani, 0.1% Laotian), 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 18.0% from Some Other Race, and 4.7% from Two or More Races (1.5% White and Black or African American; 1.0% White and Some Other Race). Hispanics and Latinos of any race made up 38.8% of the population (33.2% Puerto Rican, 1.7% Dominican, 1.0% Mexican, 0.5% Guatemalan, 0.3% Cuban, 0.2% Colombian, 0.2% Spanish, 0.2% Salvadoran, 0.1% Peruvian, 0.1% Ecuadorian, 0.1% Panamanian, 0.1% Costa Rican, 0.1% Honduran).[52] Non-Hispanic Whites were 36.7% of the population in 2010,[53] down from 84.1% in 1970.[54]

Racial composition 2010[53] 1990[55] 1970[55] 1940[55]

White 51.8% 68.5% 87% 97.9%

—Non-Hispanic 36.7% 63.6% 84.1%[56] −

—Jewish 2.2%[57] n/a n/a n/a

Black or African American 22.3% 19.2% 3.3% 2.1%

Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 38.8% 16.9% 3.3%[56] −

Asian 2.4% 1% 0.1% −

Income[edit] See also: List of Massachusetts
Massachusetts
locations by per capita income Data is from the 2009–2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.[58][59][60]

Rank ZIP Code (ZCTA) Per capita income Median household income Median family income Population Number of households

Massachusetts $35,763 $66,866 $84,900 6,605,058 2,530,147

1 01128 $33,573 $78,864 $86,964 2,468 964

United States $28,155 $53,046 $64,719 311,536,594 115,610,216

2 01129 $26,752 $61,435 $67,083 7,505 2,892

Hampden County $25,817 $49,094 $61,474 465,144 177,990

3 01119 $21,261 $46,055 $58,458 13,962 4,831

4 01108 $18,347 $34,064 $35,083 25,755 9,348

Springfield $18,133 $34,311 $39,535 153,428 55,894

5 01104 $17,307 $32,273 $39,475 23,083 8,884

6 01103 $17,095 $14,133 $17,457 2,556 1,553

7 01151 $16,169 $30,043 $28,415 9,134 3,410

8 01109 $13,938 $33,376 $36,737 31,429 9,555

9 01107 $12,440 $21,737 $29,199 11,271 3,920

10 01105 $12,137 $18,402 $21,345 12,360 4,836

Economy[edit]

Gun maker Smith & Wesson is headquartered in Springfield.

Top City Employers Source: MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development[61]

Rank Company/Organization

1 Baystate Medical Center

2 Smith & Wesson

3 General Dynamics

4 MassMutual

5 Mercy Medical Center

6 U.S. Postal Service

7 Big Y
Big Y
Foods

8 Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Trial Court

9 Springfield Republican

10 Springfield College

11 Springfield Police Dept.

12 American International College

13 Arrow Security Corp.

14 Carando Foods

15 Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Springfield's top five industries (in order, by number of workers) are: Trade and Transportation; Education and Health Services; Manufacturing; Tourism and Hospitality; and Government. Springfield is considered to have a "mature economy," which protects the city to a degree during recessions and inhibits it somewhat during bubbles.[62] Springfield is considered to have one of America's top emerging multi-cultural markets – the city features a 33% Latino population with buying power that has increased over 295% from 1990 to 2006. More than 60% of Hispanic Springfielders have arrived during the past 20 years.[63] With 25 universities and colleges within a 15-mile (24 km) radius from Springfield, including several of America's most prestigious universities and liberal arts colleges, and more than six institutions within the city itself, the Hartford-Springfield
Hartford-Springfield
metropolitan area has been dubbed the Knowledge Corridor
Knowledge Corridor
by regional educators, civic authorities, and businessmen – touting its 32 universities and liberal arts colleges, numerous highly regarded hospitals, and nearly 120,000 students. The Knowledge Corridor
Knowledge Corridor
universities and colleges provide the region with an educated workforce, which yields a yearly GDP of over $100 billion – more than at least 16 U.S. States. Hartford-Springfield
Hartford-Springfield
has become home to a number of biotech firms and high-speed computing centers. As of 2009 Springfield ranks as the 24th most important high-tech center in the United States
United States
with approximately 14,000 high-tech jobs.[64] In 2010,[65] the median household income was $35,236. Median income for the family was $51,110. The per capita income was $16,863. About 21.3% of families and 26.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.0% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over. Business headquarters[edit] The City of Springfield is the economic center of Western Massachusetts. It features the Pioneer Valley's largest concentration of retail, manufacturing, entertainment, banking, legal, and medical groups. Springfield is home to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' largest Fortune 100
Fortune 100
company, MassMutual
MassMutual
Financial Group. It is also home to the world's largest producer of handguns, Smith & Wesson, founded in 1852. It is home to Merriam Webster, the first and most widely read American-English dictionary, founded in 1806. It also serves as the headquarters of the professional American Hockey League, the NHL's minor league, Peter Pan Bus, and Big Y
Big Y
Supermarkets, among other businesses. Springfield is also home to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' third largest employer, Baystate Health, with over 10,000 employees. Baystate is the western campus of Tufts University School of Medicine.[66] Baystate Health
Baystate Health
is in the midst of a $300 million addition – nicknamed "The Hospital of the Future," it is the largest construction project in New England.[67] In addition to Baystate, Springfield features two other nationally ranked hospitals; Mercy Medical, run by The Sisters of Providence, and Shriners Hospital for Children. Companies headquartered in Springfield[edit]

The American Hockey League
American Hockey League
– the primary development league for the NHL. Baystate Health – Largest employer and healthcare provider in Western Massachusetts; 3rd largest employer in Massachusetts, constructing the $300 million "Hospital of the Future."[67] Big Y – a regional supermarket chain that was founded in nearby Chicopee, but is now headquartered in Springfield. Big Y
Big Y
operates more than 50 supermarkets throughout Massachusetts
Massachusetts
and Connecticut. Breck Shampoo – Founded in Springfield in 1936. Fenton's Athletic Supplies – Sporting goods provider founded in 1924. Hampden Bank – Founded in Springfield in 1852. Headquartered in Springfield. Health New England Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Mutual Life Insurance Company – Founded in 1851. MassMutual
MassMutual
is the second largest Fortune 100
Fortune 100
company based in Massachusetts
Massachusetts
(2010 list). The corporate headquarters are on State Street. Merriam-Webster – Publisher of the original Webster Dictionary[68] NuVo Bank – Founded in 2008. Headquartered in Springfield. Peter Pan Bus
Peter Pan Bus
Lines – Headquartered in Metro Center, Peter Pan is moving its Springfield terminal and operations to Union Station as renovations are completed throughout 2017.[69] Smith & Wesson – Founded in 1852, Smith & Wesson is America's largest producer of handguns. The company maintains its corporate headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue in East Springfield.

Companies formerly in Springfield[edit]

Forbes & Wallace – Regional department store, closed in 1974 Friendly Ice Cream Corporation – Founded in Springfield, headquartered in the Springfield suburb of Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Good Housekeeping Magazine – Founded in Springfield in 1885. Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company – America's first motorcycle brand, was founded by George M. Hendee and C. Oscar Hedström in Springfield in 1901 Milton Bradley
Milton Bradley
Company – American game company established in 1860. Headquartered in Springfield until its relocation to suburban East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. M-1 Rifle – productions started in 1919 Monarch Insurance – went bankrupt while constructing Springfield's tallest skyscraper, Monarch Place. Rolls-Royce – Rolls-Royce of America Inc. was formed in 1919 to meet the growing U.S. luxury car market. A manufacturing plant was set up on Hendee Street in Springfield, Massachusetts, at the former 'American Wire Wheel Company' building. Over the years, the factory's 1,200 employees produced 1,703 Silver Ghosts and 1,241 Phantoms, with the first Silver Ghost chassis finished in 1921. The 1929 stock market crash led to the plant's closure in 1931. Springfield is the only place outside Britain where Rolls-Royce luxury cars have ever been built.[70] Sheraton Hotels and Resorts – founded in Springfield in 1937 with the purchase of The Stonehaven Hotel, and later the famous Hotel Kimball. Springfield Armory – Founded by George Washington
George Washington
in 1777; closed by the Pentagon in 1968.

Arts and culture[edit]

Six Flags New England
New England
sits on the Connecticut River
Connecticut River
across from Springfield's South End

Amusement parks and fairs[edit] Within two miles (3 km) of Springfield are New England's largest and most popular amusement park, Six Flags New England, and its largest and most popular fair, The Big E. Six Flags New England, located across Springfield's South End Bridge in Agawam features Superman the Ride, a roller coaster that has ranked first or second every year since 2001 in the annual Golden Ticket Awards publication by Amusement Today. Six Flags New England
New England
also features a large water park, kid's rides, and an outdoor concert stadium, among numerous other attractions. It opens in mid-April and closes at the end of October. The Eastern States Exposition
Eastern States Exposition
("The Big E") is located across Springfield's Memorial Bridge in West Springfield. The Big E
The Big E
serves as the New England
New England
states' collective state fair. The Big E
The Big E
is currently the sixth largest agricultural fair in America and brings in thousands of tourists each September–October. The Big E
The Big E
features rides, carnival food, music, and replicas of each of the six New England state houses, each of which is owned by its respective New England state. During the Big E, these state houses serve as consulates for the six New England
New England
states, and also serve food for which the states are known. Festivals[edit]

Hoop City Jazz Festival: an annual event sponsored by the Springfield-headquartered Hampden Bank, which in the past has featured Springfield native and jazz legend Taj Mahal, the Average White Band, and others. In 2011 the Hoop City Jazz Festival took place July 8–10 on Court Square, featuring a jazz tribute to the City of New Orleans. Basketball Hall of Fame
Basketball Hall of Fame
Enshrinement Weekend: a week of events that culminates in the Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame's enshrinement ceremony. It features numerous VIP galas, awards dinners, and press conferences.[71] Enshrinement takes place in Springfield's Neo-Classical Symphony Hall on Court Square. In 2011, Enshrinement Weekend will take place August 11–13. Armory Big Band Concerts: annually each summer the Springfield Armory National Park
National Park
and National Historic Site features 1940s big band concerts. The band dresses in period costumes, and free dance lessons are provided. In 2011, an Armory Big Band Concert will be held on July 9.[72] Springfield Gay Pride Week: Springfield celebrated its first gay pride event June 8–16, 2011. Events range from political roundtables, to film showings, to celebrations at local gay clubs. According to 2010 Census statistics, Springfield has experienced a dramatic rise in its LGBT
LGBT
population during the last decade, and this celebration is aimed at increasing the visibility and voice of the LGBT
LGBT
community and its allies.[73] Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society Festival: in Springfield's Italian South End, it is long-running tradition to celebrate Italian Feast Days, in particular during the summer. The largest of these festivals is the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society festival, which features a parade, and numerous food stands offering all sorts of Italian foods, e.g. fried dough, pasta with meatballs or sausages, sausage and peppers, meatball and steak grinders, and sugar cones, cotton candy, candy apples and gelato. The festival takes place each year in mid-July. Stearns Square
Stearns Square
Concert Series and Bike Nights: annually from June through September on Thursday evenings from 7 to 10pm, Springfield sponsors free live music at Stearns Square, in the heart of Metro Center's Club Quarter. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of motorcyclists attend Bike Nights, which coincide with the Stearns Square Concerts. Mattoon Street Arts Festival: one of the largest annual art festivals in Springfield. In 2011, it will feature a record number of exhibitors when it takes place from September 10–11, 2011 in the Mattoon Street Historic District. The art festival takes place at the corner of Mattoon and Chestnut Streets, near the Apremont Triangle and Kimball Towers Luxury Condominiums.[74] Pioneer Valley
Pioneer Valley
Jewish
Jewish
Film Festival: each spring the Pioneer Valley Jewish
Jewish
Film Festival presents two weeks of films, renowned guest speakers, and events related to Jewish
Jewish
culture. In 2011, the festival took place from March 23 – April 11.[75] St. Patrick's Day Parade: 7 miles (11 km) north of Springfield's Metro Center, the small city of Holyoke, Massachusetts, stages the United States' 2nd-largest, annual St. Patrick's Day Parade (larger than Boston's and Chicago's, but slightly smaller than New York City's). In 2011, Holyoke's St. Patrick's Day Parade attracted over 400,000 revelers.[76] World's Largest Pancake Breakfast: annually, near the city's founding date (May 14) Springfield attempts to break the Guinness Book of World Records' mark for largest number of pancakes served. 2011's event drew over 30,000 people to Main Street, where approximately 60,000 pancakes were served.[77] Star Spangled Springfield: annually on July 4, Springfield stages an evening of patriotism, pageantry and pyrotechnics. The evening begins in Court Square
Court Square
with a patriotic concert by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and concludes with an elaborate fireworks display from the Memorial Bridge. Numerous hills and bluffs in Springfield afford views of the fireworks. Caribbean Festival: in general held in late August each year, Springfield's Caribbean Festival celebrates the culture of the West Indies, which has increased greatly in Springfield during recent years. Highlights of the festival include a parade, dancers, floats, Caribbean music, and even a fashion show celebrating traditional Caribbean-dress.[78] The Parade of Big Balloons: since 1991, the Parade of Big Balloons has helped to usher in the holiday season in Springfield. A 75-foot (23 m) inflatable "Cat in the Hat" and a dozen or more big balloons, bands, and colorful marching contingents parade through Springfield's Metro Center at 11 am on the day after Thanksgiving. The Parade of Big Balloons starts in the city's North End and make its way down Main Street to the South End, entertaining crowds estimated at 75,000. In general, this parade is broadcast by local TV and radio affiliates. Bright Nights: during the holiday season, over 600,000 lights illuminate a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) driving tour of Frederick Law Olmsted's Forest Park. Since its inception in the 1990s, the event has become a national attraction. From the new "Poinsettia Fantasy" entry to the giant Poinsettia Candles marking the exit, passengers in cars, vans, buses and campers drive by and through lighting displays including "Seuss Land," a display approved by the estate of Dr. Seuss, "Spirit of the Season," "Noah's Ark," "Victorian Village," "Barney Mansion," "Winter Woods," "North Pole Village," "Toy Land," and "Season's Greetings."

Museums[edit] Springfield is home to five distinct museums at the Quadrangle, along with the ornate Springfield Public Library – an architecturally significant example of the City Beautiful
City Beautiful
movement. The Quadrangle's five distinct collections include the first American-made planetarium, designed and built (1937) by Frank Korkosz; the Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden; the largest collection of Chinese cloisonne outside of China; and the original casting of Augustus Saint Gaudens's most famous sculpture, Puritan. The Quadrangle's five museums are the Museum of Fine Arts, which features a large Impressionist
Impressionist
collection; the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, a collection of Asian curiosities; the Springfield Science Museum, which features a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex, and aquarium, and the United States' first planetarium; the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, which, as visitors find out, is inextricably linked with American History; and the Museum of Springfield History, a museum about the multi-faceted city.[79] Springfield's Indian Orchard neighborhood is home to the RMS Titanic Historical Society's Titanic Museum. Unlike Springfield's urban Quadrangle museums, the setting for Indian Orchard's Titanic Museum looks like 1950s suburbia. Inside 208 Main Street is displayed a collection of rare artifacts that tell stories about the ill-fated ocean liner's passengers and crew.[80] Music[edit] Classical music aficionados hold the progressive Springfield Symphony Orchestra in high esteem. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
performs in Springfield Symphony Hall, a venue known for its ornate, Greek Revival architecture and "perfect acoustics." The SSO's conductor is Kevin Rhodes. Famous musicians from Springfield include blues legend Taj Mahal; the band Staind
Staind
and its frontman Aaron Lewis; Linda Perry, former leader singer of 4 Non Blondes and now famous songwriter and producer; Taj Mahal's sister, Carole Fredericks, a soul singer very popular in France; numerous jazz musicians, including Joe Morello, drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet; Phil Woods, saxophonist for Quincy Jones; Tony MacAlpine, keyboardist and guitarist with Steve Vai; and Paul Weston, composer for Frank Sinatra, among many others. In 2011, Springfield's music scene was eclectic. It featured a notable heavy rock scene, from which the bands Gaiah, Staind, All That Remains, Shadows Fall, and The Acacia Strain
The Acacia Strain
rose to national prominence. Jazz and blues rival rock in popularity. Each summer, the Springfield-headquartered Hampden Bank
Hampden Bank
sponsors the annual Hoops City Jazz & Art Festival, a three-day event that draws approximately 30,000 people to Metro Center to hear varieties of different jazz music – from smooth jazz, to hard bop, to New Orleans-style jazz. Headliners have included Springfield great Taj Mahal, the Average White Band, and Poncho Sanchez. Fifteen miles north in the college towns of Northampton and Amherst, there is an active independent and alternative rock scene. Many of these bands perform regularly in Springfield's Club Quarter, at venues such as Fat Cats Bar & Grille, Theodore's, and the restored Paramount Theater. In the Club Quarter, centered on Stearns Square, nightly offerings include blues, college rock, jazz, indie, hip-hop, jam band, Latin, hard rock, pop, metal, karaoke, piano bars, and DJs. Each Thursday during the summer, a free concert is held at Stearns Square to coincide with Bike Night, a happening that in general attracts thousands of motorcyclists to the Quarter and thousands more spectators to hear live music. Larger rock and hip-hop acts play at the 7,000-seat MassMutual
MassMutual
Center. The arena has played host to artists such as Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Nirvana, David Bowie, David Lee Roth, Poison, Pearl Jam, and Bob Dylan. Nightlife[edit] See also: Club Quarter Springfield's Club Quarter is the nightlife capital of the Pioneer Valley and the Knowledge Corridor, featuring approximately 60 dance clubs, bars, music venues, LGBT
LGBT
venues, and after-hours establishments. In general, most clubs, bars, music venues, and other nightspots are located on or near upper Worthington Street, on and around Stearns Square, or on Chestnut Street. Springfield's Club Quarter features a large (and growing) LGBT nightlife scene at establishments like Oz (397 Dwight Street), Pure (324 Chestnut Street), The Pub Lounge (382 Dwight Street), and Club Xtatic (240 Chesnut Street, featuring dancers). In 2011, LGBT
LGBT
magazine The Advocate
The Advocate
ranked Springfield No. 13 among its "New Gay American Cities," ahead of San Diego and Albuquerque, New Mexico. There has been a notable increase in Springfield's LGBT
LGBT
nightlife since Massachusetts
Massachusetts
legalized gay marriage in 2004. Points of interest[edit]

The Big E
The Big E
is New England's collective state fair. On the Avenue of the States, each of the six New England
New England
States owns its own plot of land and replica State House.

Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame – housed in a $47 million structure designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, it is a shrine to the world's second most popular sport, basketball. Located in the city where basketball was invented, the facility – built beside the Connecticut
Connecticut
River – spans 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) features numerous restaurants and the WMAS-FM
WMAS-FM
studios. However, it is separated from Springfield's Metro Center by the 8-lane highway, Interstate 91. The Big E – also known as The Eastern States Exposition, it is New England's collective, annual state fair. Held on a permanent fairgrounds approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Springfield's Metro Center, across the ornate Memorial Bridge in West Springfield, it attracts more than 1 million visitors per year during its 14- to 17-day run beginning in mid-September. Bright Nights – during the holiday season, Forest Park hosts a nationally renowned, 2+ mile, state-of-the-art lighting extravaganza. Year over year, the numerous lighting displays become creative and elaborate. City Stage – Springfield's best-known playhouse features off-Broadway productions, comedians, and children's programming. Club Quarter – a grouping of 60 clubs, bars, and restaurants around Stearns Square, Worthington and Main Streets. Springfield's variety of nightclubs and entertainment is part of what makes it, according to Yahoo!, one of America's ten best cities for dating.[81] LGBT
LGBT
and dance clubs are integrated with hip-hop, rock, jazz, and blues clubs. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are particularly busy evenings. Connecticut River
Connecticut River
Walk Park – a landscaped park that snakes along the Connecticut
Connecticut
River, affording views of the Mount Tom Range, Mount Holyoke Range, and Springfield's skyline. However, this park is separated from Springfield by the badly designed, 8-lane Interstate 91 highway, which cuts through three Springfield riverfront neighborhoods, and thus presents a major obstacle to accessing this riverfront park. In 2010, the Urban Land Institute
Urban Land Institute
released a plan for Springfield's riverfront, which has given Springfielders cause for hope that Interstate 91
Interstate 91
will either be moved or made more easily passable via new design features that would allow people to access the River Walk and the Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame.[82][83][84] Court Square – a park, referred to as "Springfield's front door," it remains the city's only topographical constant since its founding in 1636. Located on Main Street and surrounded by ornate architecture, including the iconic Springfield Municipal Group, Court Square is the civic heart of Springfield. Until the 1960s, Court Square extended to the Connecticut
Connecticut
River; however, as with Olmsted's Forest Park, its connection to the river was severed by the building of the Interstate 91
Interstate 91
elevated highway. Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss
National Memorial Sculpture Garden – amidst the Quadrangle, there are large, bronze statues of characters from Springfield native Dr. Seuss's books. First Game of Basketball
Basketball
Sculpture – located directly on the site of the first game of basketball, this illuminated sculpture in Springfield's Mason Square
Mason Square
commercial district has become a site of pilgrimage for basketball fans from around the world. Forest Park – designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the renowned landscape designer of New York City's Central Park, Springfield's Forest Park is nearly the same size as Central Park
Central Park
at 735 acres (297.4 ha). It features the Zoo at Forest Park; the 31 acres (12.5 ha) Porter Lake; numerous playgrounds; a formal rose garden; 38 tennis courts; a skating arena; numerous basketball and bocce courts; lawn bowling fields; Victorian promenades and water gardens; tree groves; baseball diamonds; numerous statues; an aquatic park; and the Barney Carriage House, where many weddings take place. King Philip's Stockade – an historic, city park where in 1675, the Pocumtuc Indians – organized by Chief Metacomet, also known as King Philip – initiated the Attack on Springfield
Attack on Springfield
during King Philip's War. During the attack, approximately 75% of the city was burned. MassMutual
MassMutual
Center – formerly known as the Springfield Civic Center, this 8,000-seat arena and convention center received a $71 million renovation in 2003–2005. Located across from historic Court Square
Court Square
in Metro Center, the arena houses the American Hockey League's Springfield Thunderbirds. The venue also attracts big-name concert tours. In the past, it has hosted concerts by Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Van Halen, Marilyn Manson, The Eagles, and Bob Dylan, among many others. Mulberry Street – the street featuring the house that inspired Dr. Seuss's first children's book, the classic And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. The Puritan – a famous statue designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens depicting Deacon Samuel Chapin, an early settler of Springfield. "The Puritan" is perhaps St. Gaudens' most celebrated, outdoor sculpture. Originally located in Stearns Square, it has been located in Merrick Park in the Quadrangle for over 100 years and become a symbol of Springfield. The Quadrangle – a campus of five museums surrounding the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, is an extraordinary cultural grouping – especially considering Springfield's medium-size population and small land area. It includes the world-class Museum of Fine Arts, known for its Impressionist
Impressionist
and Dutch Renaissance collections, as well as its extensive collection of American masters, including works by Springfielder James McNeill Whistler. The world-class Springfield Science Museum
Springfield Science Museum
features the United States' first planetarium (built 1931), and a large dinosaur exhibit. The world-class George Walter Vincent Smith Museum is known worldwide for housing the largest collection of Chinese cloisonne outside of China; it also features exotic curiosities like Asian suits of armor, and a collection of marble busts. The Quadrangle also features two regional history museums: the Connecticut
Connecticut
Valley Historical Society, which tells the story of "The Great River" and its people, and the new Museum of Springfield History, which showcases the innovations that make Springfield "The City of Progress" during the abolitionist period and Industrial Revolution, which includes the first American-English dictionary, the first gasoline-powered car, the first successful motorcycle company, the first modern fire engine, and dozens of other firsts (see below for a more complete list). St. John's Congregational Church – founded in 1844 as the Sanford Street "Free Church," St. John's Congregational Church is a predominately black church that played a pivotal role in the abolitionist movement. While living in Springfield, John Brown attended services here from 1846 to 1850, and as of 2011, the church still displays John Brown's Bible. It was at this church where John Brown met Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and other prominent abolitionists – and where he later founded the famous, militant League of Gileadites in response to the Fugitive Slave Act. As of 2011, St. John's remains one of the most prominent, predominately black congregations in the Northeastern United States.[85] St. Michael's Cathedral – beside the Quadrangle, this elegant Catholic Church is the seat of the Diocese of Greater Springfield. Stacy Building – the location where, in 1892–93, the Duryea Brothers built the first, American, gasoline-powered car, which in 1895 won the first automobile race in Chicago, Illinois. A model of the Duryea Brothers' first car sits in a tree-shaded park beside the historic location, amidst the restaurants and bars of the Club Quarter. Six Flags New England – located 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Springfield's South End in Agawam, this amusement park is the largest in the Northeast and features a top-ranked roller coaster, Superman the Ride. The Springfield Armory
Springfield Armory
National Historic Site – founded by General George Washington
George Washington
and Henry Knox
Henry Knox
in 1777; the site of Shays' Rebellion in 1787, which led directly to the U.S. Constitutional Convention; the site of numerous technological innovations including the manufacturing advances known as interchangeable parts, the assembly line, and mass production; and the producer of the United States Military's firearms from 1794 to 1968, when the Armory was controversially shut down by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. Today, it is a National Historic Site, and features a museum that includes one of the world's largest collections of firearms.[86] Springfield Cemetery - opened in 1841 and located in the heart of the city, it is designed in the scenic rural cemetery tradition. The cemetery is the final resting place of many pioneer settlers and noted individuals from Springfield and the region. Symphony Hall – dedicated in 1913 by President William Howard Taft as part of the Springfield Municipal Group, Springfield Symphony Hall features "perfect acoustics." It is home to the progressive Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
conducted by showman Kevin Rhodes, and also hosts numerous Broadway touring productions. Stearns Square – designed by the renowned artistic team of Stanford White
Stanford White
and Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Augustus Saint-Gaudens
in 1897, this small park is the center of Springfield's Club Quarter.[87] It features ornate architectural and sculptural details from the original team's design; however, most of those were meant to accompany The Puritan, and thus moved to storage. Stearns Square
Stearns Square
hosts a large motorcycle gathering each Thursday evening, and is the site of a summer concert series.

Sports[edit]

The MassMutual
MassMutual
Center in 2013

Besides Springfield's historic connection with basketball, the city has a rich sporting history. Volleyball was invented in the adjacent city of Holyoke, and the first exhibition match was held in 1896 at the International YMCA Training School, now known as Springfield College. Ice hockey
Ice hockey
has been played professionally in Springfield since the 1920s, and Springfield is home to the league headquarters of the American Hockey League. The Springfield Indians
Springfield Indians
of the American Hockey League (now located in Utica, New York) was the oldest minor league hockey franchise in existence. In 1994 the team relocated to Worcester and was replaced by the Springfield Falcons, who played at the MassMutual
MassMutual
Center. The Falcons were then replaced by the Springfield Thunderbirds in 2016. For parts of two seasons (1978–80) the NHL Hartford Whalers
Hartford Whalers
played in Springfield while their arena was undergoing repairs after a roof collapse. On the amateur level, the Junior A Springfield Olympics played for many years at the Olympia, while American International College's Yellow Jackets compete in NCAA Division I hockey. Basketball
Basketball
remains a popular sport in Springfield's sporting landscape. Prior to the 2014–15 season, Springfield was home to the Springfield Armor
Springfield Armor
of the NBA Development League, which began play in 2009 at the MassMutual
MassMutual
Center. Beginning in the 2011–12 season, the Armor was the exclusive affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets.[88] For many years, the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic has been the semi-official start to the college basketball season, and the NCAA
NCAA
Division II championships are usually held in Springfield. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will play its championships in Springfield from 2012 to 2014.[89] The New England
New England
Blizzard of the ABL played its first game in Springfield, and several minor pro men's and women's teams have called the city home, including the Springfield Fame of the United States
United States
Basketball
Basketball
League (the league's inaugural champion in 1985) and the Springfield Hall of Famers of the Eastern Professional Basketball
Basketball
League. Springfield has had professional baseball in the past, and according to its current mayor, remains intent on pursuing it in the future.[90] The Springfield Giants of the Single– and Double-A Eastern League played between 1957 and 1965. The team was quite successful, winning consecutive championships in 1959, 1960 and 1961, by startling coincidence the same seasons in which the Springfield Indians
Springfield Indians
won three straight Calder Cup
Calder Cup
championships in hockey. The Giants played at Pynchon Park by the Connecticut River
Connecticut River
until relocating after the 1965 season. Pynchon Park's grandstands were destroyed by fire the year after in 1966.[91] Before that time, the Springfield Cubs played in the minor league New England
New England
League from 1946 until 1949, after which the league folded; they then played in the International League until 1953. For many years before the Giants, Springfield was also a member of the Eastern League, between 1893 and 1943. In general, the team was named the Ponies, but it also carried the nicknames of "Maroons" (1895), "Green Sox" (1917), "Hampdens" (1920–21), "Rifles (1932, 1942–43) and "Nationals" (1939–41). The team located closest are the Valley Blue Sox
Valley Blue Sox
of the New England
New England
Collegiate Baseball League who play their games in nearby Holyoke, but house their team offices at 100 Congress Street in Springfield. Springfield has an official roller derby team: Pair O Dice City Roller Derby. They are a non-profit organization who uses their roller derby games as fundraisers for groups such as Dakin Animal Shelter and the Shriners. Architecture[edit] See also: List of tallest buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts

Victorian-era rowhouses on Mattoon Street

In addition to its nickname The City of Firsts, Springfield is known as The City of Homes for its attractive architecture, which differentiates it from most medium-size, Northeastern American cities. Most of Springfield's housing stock consists of Victorian "Painted Ladies" (similar to those found in San Francisco;) however, Springfield also features Gilded Age
Gilded Age
mansions, urban condominiums buildings, brick apartment blocks, and more suburban post-World War II architecture (in the Sixteen Acres and Pine Point neighborhoods). While Springfield's architecture is attractive, much of its built-environment stems from the 19th and early 20th centuries when the city experienced a period of "intense and concentrated prosperity" – today, its Victorian architecture
Victorian architecture
can be found in various states of rehabilitation and disrepair. As of 2011, Springfield's housing prices are considerably lower than nearby New England cities that do not feature such intricate architecture.

Unity Church (built 1866–1869), the first commission of noted architect H.H. Richardson, was demolished in 1961.

In Metro Center, some of Springfield's former hotels, factories, and other institutions have been converted into apartment buildings and luxury condominiums. For example, Springfield's ornate Classical High School (235 State Street), with its immense Victorian atrium – where Dr. Seuss, Timothy Leary, and Taj Mahal all went to high school – is now a luxury condominium building. The Hotel Kimball, (140 Chestnut Street), which hosted several U.S. Presidents as guests and once featured the United States' first commercial radio station (WBZ), has been converted into The Kimball Towers Condominiums.[92] The former McIntosh Shoe Company (158 Chestnut Street), one of Springfield's finest examples of the Chicago School of Architecture, has been converted into industrial-style condominiums; and the red-brick, former Milton Bradley
Milton Bradley
toy factory is now Stockbridge Court Apartments (45 Willow Street). In the Ridgewood Historic District, the 1950s-futurist Mulberry House (101 Mulberry Street), is now a condominium building that features some of the finest views of Springfield. Forest Park (and Forest Park Heights), surrounding Frederick Law Olmsted's beautiful 735 acres (297.4 ha) Forest Park, is a New England Garden District that features over 600 Victorian Painted Ladies. The McKnight National Historic District, America's first planned residential neighborhood, (1881), features over 900 Victorian Painted Ladies, many of which have been rehabilitated by Springfield's growing LGBT
LGBT
community. The Old Hill, Upper Hill, and Bay neighborhoods also feature this type of architecture. Maple High, which is architecturally (and geographically) distinct from, but often included with Springfield's economically depressed Six Corners neighborhood, was Springfield's first "Gold Coast." Many mansions from the early 19th century and later gilded age stand atop a bluff on Maple Street, overlooking the Connecticut
Connecticut
River. The Ridgewood Historic district on Ridgewood and Mulberry Streets also feature historic mansions from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Springfield – like many mid-size Northeastern cities, e.g., Hartford, Albany, and New Haven – from the 1950s–1970s, razed a significant number of historic commercial buildings in the name of urban renewal. In 1961, this included Unity Church, the first building designed by the young Henry Hobson Richardson.[93] Springfield's Metro Center remains more aesthetically cohesive than many its peer cities; however, as elsewhere, the city currently features a patchwork of parking-lots and grand old buildings. Current efforts are underway to improve the cohesion of Springfield's Metro Center, including the completed Main Street and State Street Corridor improvement projects, the upcoming $70 million renovation to Springfield's 1926 Union Station and the renovation of the Epiphany Tower on State Street into a new hotel. New constructions include the architecturally award-winning, $57 million Moshe Safdie-designed Federal Building on State Street.[94] Parks[edit]

Forest Park – one of the largest urban parks in the United States – designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

In 2010, Springfield was cited as the 4th "Greenest City" in the United States – the largest city cited in the Top 10. The recognition noted Springfield's numerous parks, the purity of its drinking water, its regional recycling center, and organizations like ReStore Home Improvement Center, which salvages building materials.[95] Springfield features over 2,400 acres (10 km2) of parkland distributed among 35 urban parks, including the grand, 735 acres (297.4 ha) Forest Park. Well-known parks include the following, among others:

Apremont Triangle Park is a triangular, pocket park in front of Springfield's historic Kimball Towers
Kimball Towers
in Metro Center. Named for Springfield's 104th Infantry Regiment, which following the World War I Battle of Apremont, became the first U.S. military unit awarded for heroism by a foreign power, receiving France's highest military honor: the croix de guerre for bravery in combat. The same Springfield unit received the same honor again in World War II. Apremont Triangle Park, steps from both the bohemian Kimball Towers
Kimball Towers
and upper-class Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District
Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District
offers a place to sit amidst the restaurants on the northern fringe of the Club Quarter.[96] Armoury Commons is a rectangular park just south of the Springfield Armory, located at the corner of Pearl and Spring Streets in Metro Center. Renovated in 2009, Armoury Commons features several sculptures, including Pynchon Park's original sculpture. The park is often used as a place to play chess and other games. Connecticut River
Connecticut River
Walk Park is a narrow, landscaped park that snakes along the scenic Connecticut River
Connecticut River
for several miles. Beginning near the Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame, it features jogging trails, benches, boat docks, and plazas – all of which afford scenic vistas of the Connecticut River
Connecticut River
and Connecticut River
Connecticut River
Valley. However, Interstate 91's position, height, and ancillary structures – including a 1756-car, below-grade parking lot, (the largest in the city, ) and 20-foot (6 m) stone walls block all views of the Connecticut River, and all but three passages to the park from Metro Center. Despite Springfield's rating as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., due to the poor planning of I-91, this park can be difficult to reach on foot.[97] Court Square
Court Square
has been Springfield's one topographical constant since colonial days – it is located in Metro Center. Featuring monuments to Springfield's hero during King Philip's War
King Philip's War
of 1675, Miles Morgan; President William McKinley; and a Civil War memorial Court Square
Court Square
is surrounded by extraordinarily fine architecture, including H.H. Richardson's Richardsonian Romanesque
Richardsonian Romanesque
Courthouse; the Springfield Municipal Group
Springfield Municipal Group
featuring the Greek Revival
Greek Revival
City Hall, Symphony Hall, and the 300-foot (91 m) Italianate
Italianate
Campanile; and also the 1819 reconstruction of the 1638 Old First Church. Other buildings included are the One Financial Plaza skyscraper, UMass Amherst's Urban Design Studio in the Byers Block (b. 1835;) and, across Main Street, the MassMutual
MassMutual
Center arena and convention center. Five Mile Pond is a Naturalist park and pond approximately 5 miles (8 km) from Springfield's Metro Center in the Pine Point neighborhood of Springfield. There are several, glacial lakes in the Five Mile Pond area, including Lake Lorraine, Loon Pond, and Long Pond. Five Mile Pond is popular with boaters. Forest Park is one of the United States' largest urban parks (at 735 acres (297.4 ha)) and also one of its most historically important urban parks. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted – the famed designer of New York City's Central Park – Forest Park is nearly as large, and similarly diverse. Amenities include the Zoo at Forest Park, which features many exotic animals; the United States' first public swimming pool (1899;) numerous playgrounds; an ice-skating rink; a formal rose garden; the 31 acres (12.5 ha) Porter Lake, which features fishing and paddle-boating; 38 tennis courts; numerous basketball and bocce courts; lawn bowling fields; Victorian promenades and water gardens; dozens of hiking and walking trails; an aquatic park; numerous sculptures; and the Carriage House of Springfielder Everett Hosmer Barney, the man who invented the ice skate and popularized the roller skate during the 19th century. During the holiday season, Forest Park hosts the nationally renowned lighting display, "Bright Nights." King Philip's Stockade is an historic park, famous as the site where Native Americans organized the 1675 Sack of Springfield; The Stockade features numerous picnic pavilions, excellent views of the Connecticut River Valley, and a sculpture of The Windsor Indian, who tried in vain to warn the residents of Springfield of coming danger.[98] Leonardo da Vinci Park is a small greenspace (0.4 acres), located in the historically Italian South End of Springfield. It features ornamental perimeter fencing surrounding a playground. Leonardo da Vinci Park was renovated in 2009 and now features new picnic tables and playground equipment. Pynchon Park is an architecturally interesting brutalist-style city park, which was dedicated in 1977. It links Springfield's Metro Center with the Quadrangle cultural grouping, (the museums and sculptures sit atop a steep bluff). Mostly made of poured concrete, but featuring a waterfall, lush greenery, and fountains, Pynchon Park received numerous accolades from the American Institute of Architecture for "enhancing the quality of the urban environment in the core of the city." It features two levels and a distinctive elevator.[90] Stearns Square
Stearns Square
is a rectangular park between Worthington Street and Bridge Street in Springfield's Club Quarter, located in Metro Center. Designed by the creative 'dream-team' of Stanford White
Stanford White
and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It was there that St. Gaudens' most famous work, The Puritan, originally stood. The Puritan has since been moved to the Quadrangle, at the corner of State and Chestnut Streets; however, White's and St. Gaudens' original fountain, bench, and turtle sculptures, all meant to compliment The Puritan, remain in Stearns Square. Van Horn Park
Van Horn Park
is a large park in the Hungry Hill section of Liberty Heights in Springfield. It features two ponds and a reservoir. The Reservoir and lower dam are not generally accessible to the public. The Main Entrance is on Armory Street near Chapin Terrace.

Government[edit] City of Springfield[edit]

Springfield City Hall and its campanile, built in the Classical Revival style, were completed in 1913 and christened by former President William Howard Taft.

Springfield employs a strong-mayor form of city government. Springfield's mayor is Domenic J. Sarno, who has been serving since 2008. The city's governmental bureaucracy consists of 33 departments, which administer a wide array of municipal services, e.g. police, fire, public works, parks, public health, housing, economic development, and the Springfield Public School System, New England's 2nd largest public school system.[99] Springfield's legislative body is its City Council, which features a mix of eight ward representatives—even though the city has more than double that number of neighborhoods, resulting in several incongruous "wards"—and five at-large city representatives, several of whom have served for well over a decade. The Springfield Fire Department
Springfield Fire Department
provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city and holds the distinction of being one of the oldest established fire departments in the United States.[100] Finances[edit] In 2003, the City of Springfield was on the brink of financial default, and thus taken over by a Commonwealth-appointed Finance Control Board until 2009. Disbanded in June of that year, the Control Board made great strides stabilizing Springfield's finances.[101] While Springfield has achieved balanced budgets since 2009, the city has not enlarged its tax-base, and thus many of its public works projects — which have been in the pipeline for years, some even decades — remain unfinished, (e.g., repairs to Springfield's landmark Campanile.).[102] Springfield is being considered for a $800 million development project; MGM Springfield. To many this is an impressive feat given the natural disasters and continuous cuts to state aide during the Great Recession. Construction for MGM Springfield
MGM Springfield
is currently underway. It's expected to be completed and operational by the fall of 2018. Building off of the work of the Control Board, the city's finances have remained stable under Mayor Domenic J. Sarno's (2008–present) despite the Great Recession and several natural and man made disasters: June 1, 2011, tornado Springfield Tornado, Hurricane Irene, a freak October Snow Storm (which in some ways was more damaging than the tornado),[103] and a large gas explosion in the downtown area in 2012. The city has recovered, however receiving a bond upgrade from Standard and Poor's Investment Services and the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Award for six consecutive years. Judicial system[edit] Like every other municipality in Massachusetts, Springfield has no judicial branch itself. Rather, it uses the Springfield-based state courts, which include Springfield district court and Hampden County Superior Court, both of which are based in Springfield. The Federal District Court also regularly hears cases in Springfield – now in an architecturally award-winning building on State Street, constructed in 2009. Politics[edit] See also: List of mayors of Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield became a city on May 25, 1852, by decree of the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Legislature, after a decade-long internal dispute that resulted in the partition of Chicopee from Springfield, and thus the loss of 2/5 of the city's population. Springfield, like all municipalities in Massachusetts, enjoys limited home rule. The current city charter, in effect since 1959, uses a "strong mayor" government with most power concentrated in the mayor, as in Boston
Boston
and elsewhere. The mayor representing the city's executive branch presents the budget, appoints commissioners and department heads, and in general runs the city. The Mayor is former City Councilor Domenic Sarno, elected November 6, 2007, by a margin of 52.54% to 47.18% against incumbent Charles Ryan. He took office in January 2008. In November 2009 and 2011, Sarno won reelection, albeit — in the latter case — with just 22% of eligible Springfield voters voting.[104] The Springfield City Council, consisting of thirteen members, is the city's legislative branch. Elected every odd numbered year, eight of its members are elected to represent "wards," which are made of (sometimes incongruous) groupings of Springfield neighborhoods, e.g. Springfield's ethnic North End neighborhoods — Memorial Square and Brightwood — share a ward with Metro Center, Springfield's downtown. Five city council members are elected at-large. The City Council passes the city's budget, holds hearings, creates departments and commissions, and amends zoning laws. The mayor's office and city council chambers are located in city hall – part of the Municipal Group in Metro Center, Springfield. The Finance Control Board met there as well.

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 15, 2008[105]

Party Number of Voters Percentage

Democratic 44,148 52.21%

Republican 7,734 9.15%

Unaffiliated 32,035 37.88%

Minor Parties 648 0.77%

Total 84,565 100%

Switch to ward representation[edit]

Springfield City Councilors 2016–2017[106][107]

Thomas Ashe  – At-Large Justin J. Hurst  – At-Large Jesse L. Lederman – At-Large Timothy J. Ryan  – At-Large Kateri Walsh  – At-Large (Vice-Presidnet) Adam Gomez  –Ward 1 Michael Fenton  – Ward 2 Melvin Edwards  – Ward 3 E. Henry Twiggs  – Ward 4 Marcus Williams  – Ward 5 Kenneth Shea  – Ward 6 Tim Allen  – Ward 7 Orlando Ramos  – Ward 8 (President)

In the past, efforts have been made to provide each of the city's eight wards a seat in the city council, instead of the current at-large format. There would still be some at-large seats under this format. The primary argument for this has been that City Councilors live in only four of the city's wards. An initiative to change the composition failed to pass the City Council
City Council
twice. In 2007 Mayor Charles V. Ryan and City Councilor Jose Tosado proposed a home-rule amendment that would expand the council to thirteen members adding four seats to the existing nine member at large system, but allocated between eight ward and five at large seats. This home-rule petition was adopted by the City Council
City Council
8–1, and was later passed by the State Senate and House and signed by the Governor. On election day, November 6, 2007, city residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of changing the City Council
City Council
and School Committee. The ballot initiative that established a new council with five at-large seats and eight ward seats passed 3–1. On November 3, 2009, Springfield held its first ward elections in 50 years. Crime[edit] During the late 1990s and first decade of the 21st century, Springfield experienced a wave of violent crime that negatively impacted the city's reputation, both regionally and nationally. At one point in the first decade of the 21st century, Springfield ranked as high as 18th in the United States' annual "City Crime Rankings." Since approximately 2006, the City of Springfield has experienced a dramatic, (nearly 50%) drop-off in citywide crime.[citation needed] In 2010, Springfield ranked 35th in the United States' City Crime Rankings – its 2nd lowest ranking in recent years, (in 2009, it ranked 51st). Springfield's current crime rating of 142 is down approximately 50% from its heights in the late 1990s and first decade of the 21st century.[108] The cities of Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut, both of which in 2007 were cited as "resurgent" cities that Springfield should seek to emulate by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, are now by nearly all statistical measures, significantly more dangerous than Springfield.[109] ( New Haven
New Haven
currently ranks 18th in the annual U.S. City Crime Rankings, and Hartford ranks 19th).[108] The Urban Land Institute states that currently "the perception of crime [in Springfield] appears to be worse than the reality."[110] Education[edit] Grade schools[edit] Public schools (K–12)[edit] Springfield has the second largest school district in Massachusetts and in New England. It operates 38 elementary schools, six high schools, six middle schools (6–8) and seven specialized schools. The main high schools in the city include the High School of Commerce, Springfield Central High School, Roger L Putnam Vocational-Technical High School, and the Springfield High School of Science and Technology, better known as Sci-Tech. There are also two charter secondary schools in the City of Springfield: SABIS International, which ranks among the top 5% of high schools nationally in academic quality, and the Hampden Charter
Charter
School of Science. The city's School Committee[when?] passed a new neighborhood school program to improve schools and reduce the growing busing costs associated with the current plan. The plan faces stiff opposition from parents and minority groups who claim that the schools are still unequal. The city is required under a 1970s court order to balance schools racially, which had necessitated busing. However, since then, the city and the school's population has shifted and many of the neighborhoods are more integrated, calling into question the need for busing at all. Though the plan is likely to be challenged in court, the state Board of Education decided it did not have authority to review it, sidestepping the volatile issue while effectively condoning it. Private schools[edit] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield operated five Catholic elementary schools in the city, all of which were consolidated into a single entity, St. Michael's Academy, in the autumn of 2009.[111] The non-denominational Pioneer Valley
Pioneer Valley
Christian School is located in the suburban Sixteen Acres neighborhood, educating K–12. Non-sectarian elementary schools within the City of Springfield include the Pioneer Valley Montessori School in Springfield's Sixteen Acres neighborhood and Orchard Children's Corner in suburban Indian Orchard, a Pre-Kindergarten, among others. The diocese runs Cathedral High School, which is the largest Catholic high school in Western Massachusetts. A non-denominational Christian school, the Pioneer Valley
Pioneer Valley
Christian Academy, is located in the suburban Sixteen Acres neighborhood of the city.[112] Two nonsectarian private schools are also located in Springfield: Commonwealth Academy[113] located on the former campus of the MacDuffie School (which moved to Granby, Massachusetts, in 2011 after 130 years in Springfield), and teaches grades four through twelve, soon to enroll students in grades K-12; and the Academy Hill School,[114] which teaches kindergarten through grade eight. Within 15 miles (24 km) of Springfield are many private prep schools, which can serve as day schools for Springfield students; they include the Williston Northampton School
Williston Northampton School
in Easthampton, Massachusetts; Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts; and Suffield Academy in Suffield, Connecticut. Higher education[edit] Universities and colleges[edit] The Knowledge Corridor
Knowledge Corridor
boasts the second-largest concentration of higher learning institutions in the United States, with 32 universities and liberal arts colleges and over 160,000 university students in Greater Hartford-Springfield. Within 16 miles (26 km) of Springfield's Metro Center, there are 18 universities and liberal arts colleges, which enroll approximately 100,000 students.[115] As of 2015, Springfield attracts over 20,000 university students per year. Its universities and colleges include Western New England University; Springfield College, famous as the birthplace of the sport of basketball (1891) and the nation's first physical education class, (1912); American International College, founded to educate America's immigrant population, is notable as the inventor of the Model Congress program. UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst
relocated its urban design center graduate program to Court Square
Court Square
in Metro Center.[116] Several of Greater Springfield's institutions rank among the most prestigious in the world. For example, Amherst College, 15 miles (24 km) north of Springfield, and Smith College, 13 miles (21 km) north of Springfield, consistently rank among America's top 10 liberal arts colleges. Mount Holyoke College – the United States' first women's college – consistently ranks among America's Top 15 colleges, and it is located only 9 miles (14 km) north of Springfield. Hampshire College
Hampshire College
is located 14 miles (23 km) north of Springfield. The 30,000-student University of Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Amherst is located 16 miles (26 km) north of Springfield. Approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of Springfield, across the Memorial Bridge in Westfield, is Westfield State University, founded by noted education reformer Horace Mann. Westfield was the first university in America to admit students without regard to sex, race, or economic status.[117] Just outside Springfield's northern city limits is Elms College, a Catholic college. Likewise, just 2 miles (3.2 km) below Springfield's southern city limit in Longmeadow
Longmeadow
is Bay Path University; both schools were once all-women but are now co-ed. Community colleges[edit] In 1968, following the Pentagon's controversial closing of the Springfield Armory, Springfielders founded Springfield Technical Community College on 35 acres (14.2 ha) behind the Springfield Armory National Park. Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield Technical Community College
is the only "technical" community college in Massachusetts, and was founded to continue Springfield's tradition of technical innovation.[118] Holyoke Community College, 8 miles (13 km) north of Springfield, is Greater Springfield's more traditional community college. Library[edit] Further information: Quadrangle (Springfield, Massachusetts) § Springfield City Library; and Indian Orchard Branch Library Efforts to establish the Springfield Public Library began in the 1850s.[119][120] In fiscal year 2008, the city of Springfield spent 1.13% ($5,321,151) of its budget on its public library – some $35 per person.[121] In fiscal year 2009, Springfield spent about 1% ($5,077,158) of its budget on the library – some $32 per person.[122] Springfield has Massachusetts' 2nd largest library circulation, behind Boston. As of 2012, the public library purchases access for its patrons to databases owned by the following companies:[123]

EBSCO Industries Foundation Center Gale, of Cengage Learning Infobase Publishing LearningExpress, LLC Merriam-Webster, Inc. NewsBank, Inc. Oxford University Press ProQuest
ProQuest
(products include Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Newsstand)

Media[edit] Newspapers[edit] Springfield's largest local newspaper is The Republican. The Republican used to be the Springfield Union-News & Sunday Republican. Smaller papers such as The Reminder and the Valley Advocate also serve Greater Springfield. Other newspapers serve specific communities of interest, such as El Pueblo Latino, serving the Hispanic community, Unity First and the AfAm Point of View,[124] both of which serve the African-American community, and The Rainbow Times, which serves Springfield's LGBT community. Television[edit] Springfield has a long history of broadcast television, including two of the oldest UHF
UHF
television stations on the air today.

Channel (digital/virtual) Call sign Network Owner

11/22 WWLP NBC/CW (through The CW
The CW
Plus) (DT2) Ion Television
Ion Television
(DT3) Nexstar Media Group

21/3.5 WSHM-LD CBS Meredith Corporation

22/57 WGBY PBS WGBH Educational Foundation

28/22 WFXQ-CD NBC++ Nexstar Media Group

34 WTXX-LD Independent Tyche Broadcasting

40 WGGB ABC, FOX/ MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
(DT2) Meredith Corporation

43 WHTX-LP Univision Entravision Communications

++ WFXQ-CD
WFXQ-CD
rebroadcasts WWLP.

WWLP-TV, UHF
UHF
22 (Digital 11). WWLP-TV
WWLP-TV
is the NBC
NBC
affiliate for the area, and also carries subchannel affiliations with The CW
The CW
and Ion Television. WWLP-TV
WWLP-TV
is owned and operated by the Nexstar Media Group, and maintains studios in nearby Chicopee (where the station moved from their old studios atop Provin Mountain). WWLP is the oldest TV station to air regularly scheduled programming in the market, launching its schedule on March 17, 1953, on Channel 61. WWLP also operated WRLP ( UHF
UHF
32), a UHF
UHF
station licensed to Greenfield, whose transmitter was in Winchester, New Hampshire, as well as W69AQ ( UHF
UHF
69), a low power station that transmitted from the WWLP tower on Provin Mountain. WWLP remains the only full-power station in the market with an analog television signal on the air. WGGB, UHF
UHF
40 (Digital 40). WGGB
WGGB
is the ABC and primary Fox, secondary MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
affiliate for the area. WGGB
WGGB
is owned and operated by the Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation
and its studios are on Liberty Street near the Chicopee line. WGGB
WGGB
(originally WHYN) signed on on April 1, 1953, on Channel 55. In 1958, WHYN switched to UHF
UHF
40. Guy Gannett Broadcasting bought the station in 1979 and changed its call sign to the current WGGB-TV
WGGB-TV
effective at the start of the following year. In 2008, WGGB launched a secondary service called "Fox 6", named after its channel position on the local Comcast
Comcast
cable TV lineup. FOX6 also appears on WGGB's DTV sub-channel 40.2. WGGB's analog television signal signed off permanently in late November 2008, due to a transmitter failure. WGGB
WGGB
and WSHM-LD
WSHM-LD
broadcast local news under the branding "Western Mass News", and maintain a relationship with the Springfield Republican. WSHM-LD, VHF 3.5 (Digital 21). WSHM-LD
WSHM-LD
is Springfield's CBS
CBS
affiliate operated by Hartford's WFSB. WSHM is owned and operated by the Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation
and shares studios with WGGB
WGGB
on Liberty Street near the Chicopee line. WSHM-LD
WSHM-LD
and WGGB
WGGB
broadcast local news under the branding "Western Mass News", and maintain a relationship with the Springfield Republican. WSHM-LD
WSHM-LD
was formerly W67DF, a translator of TBN, before being sold to Meredith. WSHM-LD
WSHM-LD
is referred to as " CBS
CBS
3", denoting its cable channel assignment within the market and to encourage long-time viewers of WFSB
WFSB
to stay with WSHM-LD. WGBY, UHF
UHF
57 (Digital 58 until April 18, 2009, Digital 22 thereafter). WGBY
WGBY
is the PBS
PBS
member station for the area. WGBY's studios are in downtown Springfield, near Interstate 91
Interstate 91
and the Conrail
Conrail
train lines. WGBY
WGBY
signed on in 1963. WGBY
WGBY
is owned by the Boston-based WGBH Educational Foundation. WGBY
WGBY
signed off their analog signal permanently in November 2008, to allow for the replacement of transmission antennas.

Cable operators[edit] Springfield proper is serviced exclusively by Comcast
Comcast
cable. Springfield had a unique "dual plant" cable system from 1980 until 2001. All homes wired for cable had two cable drops run into their house. Radio[edit] Springfield was home to the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States, and the oldest radio station of any kind in New England: WBZ, which broadcast live from Springfield's luxurious Hotel Kimball at 140 Chestnut Street, (now the Kimball Towers
Kimball Towers
Condominiums) before moving to Boston
Boston
in 1931.[125]

Callsign Frequency City/town Network affiliation / owner Format

WFCR 88.5 FM Springfield[126] University of Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Amherst Public Radio

WSKB 89.5 FM Westfield Westfield State College College Radio

WSCB 89.9 FM Springfield Springfield College College Radio

WTCC 90.7 FM Springfield Springfield Technical Community College Public Radio

WAIC 91.9 FM Springfield American International College College Radio

WHYN-FM 93.1 FM Springfield iHeartMedia Hot Adult Contemporary (Top 40 on HD2)

WMAS-FM 94.7 FM Springfield Citadel Broadcasting Corporation Adult contemporary (Country on HD2)

WLZX-FM 99.3 FM Northampton/Springfield Saga Communications of New England "Everything That Rocks"

WLCQ-LP 99.7 FM Feeding Hills Lighthouse Christian Center Christian Rock/Pop Music, "The Q"

WRNX 100.9 FM Amherst/Springfield iHeartMedia Country

WAQY 102.1 FM Springfield Saga Communications of New England Classic rock

WCCH 103.5 FM Holyoke Holyoke Community College College Radio

WNEK-FM 105.1 FM Springfield Western New England
New England
University College Radio

WWEI 105.5 FM Easthampton/Springfield Entercom Communications Sports Talk
Talk
(simulcast of WEEI-FM
WEEI-FM
in Boston)

WEIB 106.3 FM Northampton/Springfield Cutting Edge Broadcasting Smooth Jazz

WHYN 560 AM Springfield iHeartMedia News/Talk

WNNZ 640 AM Westfield University of Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Amherst Public Radio
Public Radio
(programmed by WFCR)

WACE 730 AM Chicopee Carter Broadcasting Corporation Religious

WARE 1250 AM Ware Success Signal Broadcasting Oldies

WACM 1270 AM Springfield Davidson Media Group Spanish

WHLL 1450 AM Springfield Citadel Broadcasting Corporation Sports Radio ( CBS
CBS
Sports Radio affiliate)

WSPR 1490 AM Springfield Davidson Media Group Spanish

Transportation[edit]

Springfield's recently renovated historic Union Station will reopen for bus, Amtrak, and commuter rail service in 2017

Springfield is called the Crossroads of New England
New England
because it is the major shipping nexus from New York City, Boston, Montreal
Montreal
and the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
(via Albany, New York). Much of the cargo heading from one of these places to another crosses through the City of Springfield.[citation needed] As a geographical trade center, Springfield has more advantages than just being equidistant to these other large trade centers – it sits beside the Connecticut River, is located near some of the most fertile farmland in the Northeast, and is served by numerous rail lines and Interstate Highways, including I-90 (Mass Pike) and I-91, which connect New Haven, Hartford, Holyoke, Northampton, and Vermont
Vermont
to Springfield. One of the few spurs of I-91 in Massachusetts, I-291, runs through Springfield, and provides a secondary connection between I-90 and I-91. Rail[edit] Springfield's Amtrak
Amtrak
station sits at the junction of lines serving Vermont
Vermont
(Vermonter); Chicago and Boston
Boston
(Lake Shore Limited); and New Haven and beyond. Currently, Amtrak
Amtrak
operates out of a self-built platform following the 1973 close of Springfield's grand 1926 Union Station. In 2011, Springfield's Union Station started a $70 million renovation to become an "intermodal transportation facility," allowing Peter Pan Bus, Greyhound Bus, and the PVTA
PVTA
to occupy a modernist space next to the rebuilt, 1926 Union Station.[127] The southern line, in 2014, began to follow the tracks of the more direct, former Montrealer route. The New Haven–Springfield Line
New Haven–Springfield Line
is being upgraded for high-speed intercity commuter and freight rail. The project has received funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Federal Government and the State of Connecticut. The trains on the route between New Haven
New Haven
and Springfield will, it has been reported, reach speeds of 110 mph (177 km/h). The project is scheduled to begin service in January 2018.[128] There are no major freight yards in Springfield proper, but Connecticut
Connecticut
Southern Railroad and CSX
CSX
serve the West Springfield Yard across the Connecticut
Connecticut
River. Bus[edit] The Pioneer Valley
Pioneer Valley
Transit Authority is based in Springfield. Local transit buses running into and out of the city use a facility owned and operated by Peter Pan Bus
Peter Pan Bus
Lines, which is headquartered in Springfield at the corner of Main and Liberty Streets, next to the Gothic arch that denotes entrance into Metro Center Springfield. As of 2011, Peter Pan's Bus Terminal is need of a major aesthetic overhaul – the opportunity for Peter Pan, Greyhound, and the PVTA
PVTA
to move across the street to Springfield's Unions Station intermodal facility should render the point moot.[129] Plans call for a bus station to be built on the plot adjacent to Union Station – the site of the former Hotel Charles – with a 23-bay bus terminal on lower levels and a 400-space public parking lot on upper levels. Currently, the PVTA, headquartered at the Peter Pan Terminal, provides services to the cities of Springfield, Chicopee, West Springfield, Westfield, and Holyoke. Air[edit]

Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is 12 miles (19 km) south of Metro Center Springfield, and 12 miles north of Hartford. It features over 100 daily departures to 30 destinations on nine airlines.[130]

Other airports serving the Springfield include:

Westover Metropolitan Airport
Westover Metropolitan Airport
is 5 miles (8 km) from downtown Springfield. It is 3 miles (5 km) from the Massachusetts Turnpike. Logan International Airport
Logan International Airport
in Boston
Boston
is approximately 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Springfield.

Water and sewer system[edit] The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (created in its current form in 1996) owns several reservoirs and aqueducts, as well as hydropower and sewage treatment stations. The city purchased the Springfield Aqueduct Company in 1872.[131]

Historic postcard: Cobble Mountain Reservoir

Borden Brook Reservoir, located in the rural western Hampden County town of Blandford was completed in 1910. It feeds into the Cobble Mountain Reservoir (completed in 1931) located at the junction of the towns of Blandford, Granville and Russell. The Wild Cat Aqueduct carries water from the Cobble Mountain Reservoir to a hydroelectric generating station on the Granville-Russel border, at the Little River. Drinking water flows to the West Parish Water Filtration Plant in Westfield, and is then pumped to holding tanks at the top of Provin Mountain in Agawam.[132] The 1875 Ludlow Reservoir, also known as Springfield Reservoir, is maintained as an emergency water supply; it is located in Ludlow and fed via the Broad Brook Canal. SWSC provides retail water in Springfield and Ludlow; wholesale water to Agawam, East Longmeadow, and Longmeadow; partial or peak service to Southwick, Westfield, and West Springfield; and emergency service to Chicopee and Wilbraham.[132] Sister cities[edit]

Takikawa, Japan[133]

Notable people[edit] See also: Category:People from Springfield, Massachusetts

Abolitionist John Brown in Springfield in 1846

Dr. Seuss, Springfield author and illustrator

Springfield LSD activist Timothy Leary
Timothy Leary
sitting between Allen Ginsberg (left) and Dr. John C. Lilly

James McNeil Whistler, famous American painter, grew up in Springfield

Creighton Abrams, U.S. Army general, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and Commander of Operations during the Vietnam War Weston Adams, longtime president of the NHL's Boston
Boston
Bruins Johnny Appleseed, American folk hero, spent his childhood and young adulthood in Springfield Joe Arpaio, "America's Toughest Sheriff," known for "tent city" prison in Maricopa County, Arizona Adele Addison, soprano, acclaimed in classical music during the 1950s–1960s Joel Asaph Allen, zoologist George Ashmun, founder of the U.S. Republican Party and Springfield lawyer Travis Best, National Basketball
Basketball
Association player Alfred Ely Beach, inventor of New York City's subway system R. P. Blackmur, poet and literary critic Nina Blackwood, original MTV VJ and Sirius Satellite Radio
Sirius Satellite Radio
DJ Ran Blake, jazz pianist Thomas Blanchard, inventor of lathe (1819), which led to technological advances known as interchangeable parts and assembly line manufacturing; also, inventor of first modern car – powered by steam (1825) Herbert Blomstedt, orchestra conductor of Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and symphony orchestras in San Francisco and Stockholm, Sweden Edward Boland, U.S. Congressman 1952-1989 Cheryl Boone Isaacs, first African-American and third woman to become President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mary Ann Booth, American photomicroscopy pioneer, parasitologist, whose work on the bubonic plague and many other diseases was internationally regarded Chester Bowles, former Governor of Connecticut Samuel Bowles, journalist, founder of Springfield Republican, one of founders of United States
United States
Republican Party Lloyd Wheaton Bowers, lawyer and former U.S. Solicitor General Ron Brace, National Football League
National Football League
player Milton Bradley, inventor of parlor games and game-manufacturer Chuck Bresnahan, NFL coach John Brown, abolitionist Harold R. Bull, completed the weather report that enabled the D-Day launch during World War II Nick Buoniconti, NFL Hall of Famer Thornton Burgess, children's author, known for "Peter Cottontail" Chris Capuano, Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
pitcher John Cena, WWE
WWE
wrestler Amzi Chapin, cabinet maker, singing-school teacher and shapenote composer Chester W. Chapin, railroad magnate Deacon Samuel Chapin, early settler of Springfield, 1642 Thornton Chase, first American convert to the Bahá'í Faith Yodelin' Slim Clark, singer Bobby Coleman, singer-songwriter Shamus Culhane, lead animator at Walt Disney Studios, who produced such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Curtis, actor, best known as a Munchkin in "The Wizard of Oz", and "Terror of Tinytown" Bill Danoff, member of Starland Vocal Band
Starland Vocal Band
and wrote No. 1 hit "Afternoon Delight" Donald Davidson, philosopher, known for studies regarding communication Jim Douglas, Governor of Vermont
Vermont
from 2003 to 2010 Vinny Del Negro, NBA player and head coach David W. Evans, professor of psychology and neuroscience, Bucknell University George Bowman Ferry, architect Theodore Foley, Roman Catholic priest, nominated for sainthood in 2008 June Foray, voice actress for animated films Bertram Forer, psychologist, known for the Forer effect Carole Fredericks, French musician whose brother was Springfield blues great Taj Mahal John Garand, weapons inventor Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), writer and illustrator best known for his children's books Frederick H. Gillett, Speaker of the United States
United States
House of Representatives from 1919 to 1925, United States
United States
Senator from 1925 to 1931 Charles Goodyear, inventor of vulcanized rubber Mike Gravel, senator from Alaska Chester Harding, portrait painter during 19th century Richard F. Heck, awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Nobel Prize in Chemistry
in 2010 Victor Heflin, football player Iris Holland, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
state legislator Elizur Holyoke, early explorer of Western Massachusetts, for whom Holyoke, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
and the Holyoke Range
Holyoke Range
are named Joseph French Johnson, economist, wrote the inspirational "The Price of Success" Alan Kay, computer scientist Edward Kamuda, founder and president of Titanic Historical Society Derek Kellogg, LIU Brooklyn men's basketball head coach Peter King, sportswriter and TV commentator Stanley King, 11th president of Amherst College Bob Kudelski, professional hockey player Timothy Leary, writer, psychologist and advocate of psychedelic drug research and use Norman Leyden, conductor and clarinetist Edward Tsang Lu, astronaut Arthur MacArthur, Jr., Army general, father of Douglas MacArthur William Manchester, historian, author of The Death of a President and other renowned literary works Rabbit Maranville, professional baseball player, inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
in 1954 Frank J. Matrango, state legislator Tim Mayotte, professional tennis player Miles Morgan, hero of King Philip's War
King Philip's War
of 1675, a statue of Morgan stands in Springfield's Court Square Horace A. Moses, philanthropist and paper pioneer James Naismith, inventor of basketball Tom Newberry, football player Lowell North, Olympic gold medalist in sailing Larry O'Brien, Postmaster General, Democratic National Committee chairman and Commissioner of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association Paul LaPalme, Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
pitcher Robert B. Parker, author of Spenser and Jesse Stone novels Joe Philbin, head coach of NFL Miami Dolphins Eleanor Powell, actress, famous tap dancer William Pynchon, founder of City of Springfield; earlier founded Roxbury, Massachusetts; in 1649, wrote America's first banned book Caleb Rice, first Mayor of Springfield, President of MassMutual George Washington
George Washington
Rice, founder of MassMutual
MassMutual
Life Insurance William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University, Houston, Texas Stephen Rivers (1955–2010), political activist and publicist.[134] Peter Robinson, actor and freak show performer Kurt Russell, actor Julia Sanderson, actress, vaudevillian, and namesake of Springfield's Julia Sanderson Theater
Julia Sanderson Theater
(now The Paramount Theater) Joe Scibelli, Los Angeles Rams professional football player Mike Scully, writer and producer for The Simpsons Chloë Sevigny, actress Michael Shapiro, actor and voice actor Daniel Shays, leader of Shays' Rebellion Eddie Shore, professional hockey player and owner Stass Shpanin, contemporary visual artist included in Guinness Book of World Records as Youngest Professional Artist in the World David Socha international soccer referee Tommy Tallarico, video game music composer Antonio Thomas, professional wrestler George Tomasini, film editor known for work with Alfred Hitchcock Mike Trombley, former Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
pitcher Paige Turco, actress Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Sacco and Vanzetti
Sacco and Vanzetti
were accused of murder in a famous American legal case informed by worries over immigrants and associated radicalism in 1920s Boston; it is now thought that Vanzetti may have been innocent Lynn Vincent, author David Ames Wells, engineer and economist Daniel Baird Wesson, weapons inventor and founder of Smith & Wesson Maura West, Daytime Emmy award-winning soap opera actress James McNeill Whistler, painter Terence H. Winkless, film and television director

Taj Mahal, native Springfield musician

Notable musical artists include:

The Acacia Strain, deathcore band Agoraphobic Nosebleed, grindcore band All That Remains, metalcore band Destrophy, Otep, Erik Tisinger, guitarist and bassist, from Springfield Carole Fredericks, singer Eddie Fontaine, singer Ashley Gearing, country music artist Killswitch Engage, metalcore band Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgette, hip hop artist Taj Mahal, blues musician Tony MacAlpine, fusion musician Joe Morello, jazz drummer with the Dave Brubeck Quartet Mark Mulcahy
Mark Mulcahy
musician Linda Perry, songwriter, formerly of 4 Non Blondes Shadows Fall, metalcore band Staind, alternative rock band Paul Weston, composer for Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and others D. Woods, member of group Danity Kane Phil Woods, jazz saxophonist with Quincy Jones, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, others

See also[edit]

National Register of Historic Places listings in Springfield, Massachusetts Equivalent Lands

Notes and references[edit] Notes[edit]

^ While both demonyms are listed in the Merriam-Webster
Merriam-Webster
Dictionary, there is some indication that Springfieldian is given some propriety- "In at least two cases, the name of the resident depends on which state the town is in: Richmonder in Virginia but Richmondite in Indiana; Springfieldian in Massachusetts
Massachusetts
but Springfielder in Ohio."[12] ^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010. ^ Official records for Hartford kept at downtown from January 1905 to December 1948, Brainard Airport
Brainard Airport
from January 1949 to December 1954, and at Bradley Int'l in Windsor Locks since January 1955.[35]

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Further reading[edit]

Swift, Esther M. (1969). West Springfield Massachusetts: A Town History. West Springfield Heritage Association. OCLC 69843.  Atlas of Springfield City, Massachusetts. Boston, Massachusetts: Geo. H. Walker & Co. 1882. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Wikisource
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has the text of a 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article about Springfield, Massachusetts.

City of Springfield, Massachusetts
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Convention and Visitors Bureau Springfield Chamber of Commerce King's Handbook of Springfield, 1884. Historical Maps of Springfield from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston
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Coordinates: 42°06′45″N 72°32′51″W / 42.112411°N 72.547455°W / 42.

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