One of the things that bothers me most about the "Spindle City" is that it really needs a good cleaning! Our streets are littered with trash, weeds and grass seem overtake every sidewalk crack, buildings are allowed to become rundown and dilapidated, in short, things really need to be spruced up!
To keep a city like Fall River clean takes a concentrated effort and it turns out that in the 1960's Evelyn Lowenstein, a woman of some local celebrity, was put in charge of that effort. Mayor Roland Desmarais asked Lowenstein if she would serve as the Beautification Director of Fall River. She agreed and although having no experience she did have clear ideas on what it meant to beautify Fall River and that meant cleaning up.
"To me, beautifying is cleaning up," she says. "Before you plant trees, you've got to clean up."
She worked to identify priorities and co-ordinate city departments, she marshaled resources and worked to promote the vision of a more beautiful city. Amazingly all of her efforts were done not as a city employee but as volunteer.
Although it may be hard to appreciate the lasting effects of her efforts, it is easy to see the continued need for those efforts today and wonder who, if anyone is filling that role.