The Town of Lynn Massachusetts


The area now known as Lynn, Massachusetts was first settled in 1629. The city was first incorporated in 1631 as Saugus, the Nipmuck (Native American) name for the area. The city of Lynn was named after King's Lynn, in Norfolk, England. After Lynn's resettlement, many of its areas gradually separated into independent towns.

Colonial Lynn was a major part of the regional tannery and shoe-making industries that began in 1635. The boots worn by Continental Army soldiers during the Revolutionary War were made in Lynn. The shoe-making industry drove urban growth in Lynn into the early 19th century. This historic theme is reflected in the city seal, which features a colonial boot.

Lynn Shoe manufacturers invested in the early electric industry, specifically with Elihu Thomson and his Thomson-Houston Electric Company in 1883. That company merged in 1892 with the Edison Electric Company of Schenectady, New York, forming General Electric. The two original GE plants were located in Lynn and Schenectady. General Electric eventually specialized in aircraft electrical systems and components, with aircraft engines being built in Lynn during WWII. Continuing interaction of material science research at MIT and the resulting improvements in jet engine efficiency and power have kept the jet engine plant in Lynn ever since. A number of new development projects have contributed to what officials hope will be the city's renaissance.


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J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : Lynn, Massachusetts

As any good property manager knows, “wheel stops” (sometimes referred to as tire stops or parking bumpers) are solid, elongated blocks made of concrete, wood, plastic or recycled tires, typically held in place by spikes, screws or pieces of metal reinforcing bars. When used properly, a wheel stop is centered across the width of the parking space so it is covered by a vehicle that pulls into the parking space and contrasts with its surroundings under foreseeable lighting conditions. Designed to impede vehicular movement in parking spaces, wheel stops have a number of benefits associated with managing vehicular movement in parking lots. If not maintained properly, however, they can become a pedestrian trip and fall hazard. A good property manager knows that one good technique for enhancing the visibility of wheel stops is to paint them yellow. Actually, wheel stops can be purchased in color or painted options. Wheel stop conspicuity is especially critical in dimly lit, night-time conditions. Wheel stops painted darker colors, such as gray or blue, may blend in with their surroundings at night, so reviewing them under the actual lighting conditions before installation can help determine whether they are sufficiently conspicuous. The color yellow not only provides contrast with the adjacent pavement but is a color universally recognized as signaling caution. A good property manager knows that safety issues should be treated proactively, for the benefit of all concerned.