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Editorial: Gloucester’s smile

When Gloucester’s Main Street Preservation Trust was just starting out, one study likened the shops that line Main Street to the teeth in a smile.

“At the time this particular study was being done, there were a lot of black holes in that smile—buildings that weren’t being used, not looking their best. We needed to work on that smile,” said Adrianne Ryder-Cook, and her late husband, Edwin Joseph, were the visionaries behind the effort to revitalize the Gloucester Court House area.

Walk down Main Street today and take a look around. You’ll see that it’s smiling bright for all the world to see … with new shops and restaurants, improved façades, maintaining a vital business community while still holding on to its small-town charm.

A celebration of the Gloucester Main Street Trust was held last Thursday, marking 15 years since the Josephs purchased what was to become Main Street Center, providing a space for a new library in Glouces...

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