NORTH ADAMS — When the bustling mills here sputtered and failed over the last several decades, much of the soul of North Adams went with them. Residents dispersed, unemployment soared, and rates of teenage pregnancy and domestic violence followed suit.
Once-thriving Main Street decayed into a ghostly parade of empty windows, and a manufacturing savior was nowhere to be found. Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow were somebody else’s idea of a Berkshires economy. Not in lunch-pail North Adams.