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DownStreet Art Prepping for 10th Season in North Adams

ownStreet Art launched in the summer of 2008 with the goal of bringing people back to a deserted downtown with offerings of art, music and celebration. In the decade since, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts-sponsored program has drawn more than 150,000 people to Main Street for the once a month receptions and performances.

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North Adams Eagle Street Initiative Launches; Exchange Project Grows

Two big initiatives are launching this summer and next to promote elements of North Adams downtown area. It's a year away, but the $60,000 NAMAzing Eagle Street Initiative, or NESI, will reinvigorate the city's historic byway with new signs, social spaces, art installations and clearly marked entrances for pedestrians and motorists.

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North Adams' Historic Dowlin Block Sold

The Dowlin Block at 101-107 Main was purchased on Wednesday for $615,000 by Dowlin Building LLC. Two members of the group also bought the historic Porter and Tower building on Eagle Street last November for $60,000 as Eagle Street Holdings LLC.

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Small Business Revolution Coming to North Adams

Local officials are encouraging residents to put a smile on this Thursday and Friday to welcome representatives from the Small Business Revolution. The program is doing a scouting trip in and around the downtown this week to weigh the possibility of North Adams making the final cut for a $500,000 downtown marketing and makeover boost.

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Ramunto's Pizza & Pub Opens in North Adams

The restaurant under manager Justin Jowett will be open from 11 to 10 Monday through Thursday; 11 to 11 on Friday and Saturday; and 11 to 9 on Sunday. Home delivery is expected to begin after the holidays.

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North Adams Revamping Outdated Cultural District Map

When the city applies for its cultural district designation, local artists had one piece of advice: think big. On Thursday night, at the second of two public input sessions on the application, the nearly dozen residents endorsed enlarging the cultural map to include a wide swath of the city's downtown area.

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Grazie Italian Restaurant Opens in North Adams

David Moresi had a vision when he bought the Mulcare Block nearly two years ago: Restore his grandfather's tavern, the Mohawk, and open an Italian eatery. The Mohawk reopened last year, but the restaurant has taken a little longer and required just the right ingredient. Moresi found it in another North Adams native who had recently returned to the area with his growing family.

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North Adams Downtown Celebration Is Wednesday

The street festival runs this Wednesday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Main, Eagle and Holden streets with food, shopping, entertainment and conversation.

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