This Sunday was the last of I believe six Boston Globe editorials on the Commonwealth's Gateway Cities - or the economically disadvantaged cities in the state that are still, decades after losing their economic reason for existing, struggling to find footing (article).
This one focuses a bit on Haverhill, a city I've come to know fairly well, and compares it to Lowell, which it says is looked at as a model city for the others in the group.
If you missed the rest of the series, I'd recommend trying to find it. I believe "gateway cities" appears in every article in the series. There was great information on the economic and social issues that confront our older and poorer cities, and ideas for how to take advantage of their remaining strengths.