Living in North Adams, MA

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Updated: 2020-03-10

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North Adams is a city in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its population was 13,708 as of the 2010 census, making it the least populous city in the state. Best known as the home of the largest contemporary art museum in the United States, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams has in recent years become a center for tourism, culture and recreation.
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Map Of North Adams, MA

Population over time in North Adams

Year Population % Change
2017 13,089 -0.9%
2016 13,211 -0.9%
2015 13,326 -1.0%
2014 13,459 -0.8%
2013 13,563 -0.7%
2012 13,657 -0.5%
2011 13,725 -0.3%
2010 13,763 -0.6%
2009 13,851 -
Crime/100k North Adams MA USA
Violent Crime 777.7 338.1 368.9
Murder 7.8 2.0 5.0
Robbery 54.4 60.0 86.2
Aggravated Assault 692.2 241.2 246.8
Property Crime 3274.2 1263.3 2199.5
Burglary 871.1 200.8 376.0
Larceny 2255.4 966.8 1594.6
Car Theft 147.8 95.7 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in North Adams

88.6% (11,600)
African American
1.7% (226)
American Indian
0.1% (15)
1.1% (138)
0.2% (20)
0.0% (0)
Two Or More
4.0% (520)
4.4% (570)
Race North Adams MA USA
White 88.6% 72.2% 61.1%
African American 1.7% 6.8% 12.3%
American Indian 0.1% 0.1% 0.7%
Asian 1.1% 6.4% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.2% 0.0% 0.2%
Other 0.0% 0.8% 0.2%
Two Or More 4.0% 2.1% 2.4%
Hispanic 4.4% 11.6% 17.8%

Household Income For North Adams, Massachusetts

Less than $10,000
9.7% (126,821)
$10,000 to $14,999
8.9% (117,048)
$15,000 to $24,999
14.8% (193,187)
$25,000 to $34,999
12.5% (163,186)
$35,000 to $49,999
13.9% (182,277)
$50,000 to $74,999
16.6% (217,506)
$75,000 to $99,999
9.9% (130,230)
$100,000 to $149,999
9.2% (120,912)
$150,000 to $199,999
1.8% (24,091)
$200,000 or more
2.6% (33,637)
Income North Adams MA USA
Less than $10,000 9.7% 5.4% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 8.9% 4.5% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 14.8% 7.5% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 12.5% 7.0% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 13.9% 9.6% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 16.6% 14.7% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 9.9% 12.0% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 9.2% 17.8% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 1.8% 9.5% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 2.6% 12.0% 7.0%

Gender in North Adams

51.8% (6,785)
48.2% (6,303)
Gender North Adams MA USA
Female 51.8% 51.5% 50.8%
Male 48.2% 48.5% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in North Adams for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
5.0% (654)
9-12th Grade
11.0% (1,439)
High School / GED
35.0% (4,581)
Some College
17.0% (2,225)
Associate's Degree
7.0% (916)
Bachelor's Degree
15.0% (1,963)
Master's Degree
8.0% (1,047)
Professional Degree
2.0% (261)
Doctorate Degree
0.0% (0)
Education North Adams MA USA
< 9th Grade 5.0% 4.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 11.0% 5.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 35.0% 24.0% 27.0%
Some College 17.0% 16.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 7.0% 8.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 15.0% 24.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 8.0% 13.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 2.0% 3.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 0.0% 3.0% 1.0%

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The economy of North Adams is based on drug trafficking, abetted by proudly corrupt city administrators and a few bad apples among the State Police commanders of Berkshire County. At least half the people walking the streets are junkies, and most of the North Adams police officers above patrol rank are in the business of protecting organized crime.

Soon after a multiagency bust in November 2015 disrupted the Latin Kings leadership around Springfield, MA, hordes of Latin Kings from Springfield began pouring into North Adams to establish a lucrative new base for their narcotics trade. Around the same time, the police director issued a taxi license to two business partners who had been previously convicted of operating a taxi service to distribute narcotics in the Philadelphia area. This taxi service - whose employees range from shady to scary - keeps busy 24/7 ferrying customers, dealers, and bag men to and from drug houses all over the city, with no fear of police intervention.

Meanwhile, the NAPD and Berkshire Narcotics Task Force make headlines for their drug busts - chiefly targeting the UNPROTECTED players in the local drug scene who dare compete with the Latin Kings. This serves the purpose of making local law enforcement look proactive against narcotics even while protecting a major faction of criminals.

The Latin Kings have a history of corrupting public officials in several states, and even of infiltrating police departments. Presto, in late 2017 the North Adams police director was bold enough to appoint a full-time police officer whose shoddy personal history would disqualify him even from civilian duties with any police department upholding minimal standards. This person's pattern of bad driving, failing to pay bills, defaulting on court appearances, falsifying job applications, obtaining Taser training under false pretenses, and being dismissed from previous part-time police positions, makes a mockery of every respectable police officer on the force.

Woe to any citizens who complain about this state of affairs. If you don't like the network of Latin Kings drug operators colonizing entire apartment buildings near your home, or the noise and menace emanating from one of their crack dens, forget about seeking assistance from the police. They will ignore all demands for investigation or intervention. If the thugs start to burglarize and vandalize your home in retaliation, the police will ignore it, all the while denying the existence of any crimes, failing to take reports even of felonies, and filing false reports to support their crooked agenda. If you complain too persistently, the police may target you, trying to silence you with name-calling and threats, gaslighting you as crazy, and even encouraging the criminals to lay siege to your home.

Don't expect help from the mayor, either. Although the City Charter mandates oversight of the police department as one of his duties, Thomas Bernard has no intention of changing the status quo of corruption and abuse. His concerns don't include crime victims, or the more abstract notion of justice as a crucial underpinning of civilized society. As a petty bureaucrat, his instinct is not to lead, but to dodge responsibility while groveling to appease his masters higher up in the Berkshire County political food chain. Which brings us to the former mayor Richard Alcombright, the former district attorney David Capeless. and the recently retired police director Michael Cozzaglio. It was on their watch that the Latin Kings swarmed into North Adams,and it was those crooked officials who stood by for years, refusing to intervene as an 86-year-old woman and her middle-aged daughter suffered hundreds of crimes ranging from prowling to felony burglaries, home invasions, and relentless vandalism of their home.

Per the City Charter, the City Council's role is to represent the people of North Adams in matters concerning the municipality. In reality, most of the councilors ignore their constituents and care little about many serious problems in the city. During my 6+ years here, I have observed that they take their cues from the mayor to ignore major criminal problems and marginalize people whom Alcombright and Cozzaglio wanted to silence.

All the city councilors have enough intelligence to do their job, but they are self-serving and complacent, displaying no curiosity about matters outside their own areas of concern. As long as they feel safe and comfortable, they see no problem with fellow North Adams residents being victimized to the point of ruin. They refuse to hold the mayor accountable for the quality of the police department or to stand up for vulnerable people who are being victimized. The mayor, in his turn, lacks the integrity and brainpower to do his job. Despite an elite academic pedigree and an advanced degree in public administration, he appears unfamiliar with a concept most 12-year-olds encounter in middle school civics class: that ensuring that a justice system that fails to serve everyone fairly ends up serving nobody at all. Here in North Adams, the vacuum of civic leadership has resulted in the police department subverted to serve organized crime, at the expense of all the rest of us.

What stands out in North Adams- Drugs, drugs, and more drugs! The mayor who refuses to do his job of overseeing the police department, and the city councilors who turn their backs on crime victims, can't wait to bring legalized marijuana into town. Farms! Retail stores! Accessories! Edibles! POT POT POT! Medical! Recreational! Warehouses full of it!

Note also: The Porches, an upscale hotel catering to the needs of MassMOCA, is located square in the middle of a major corridor of police-sanctioned Latin Kings activity, with unsavory characters strollingbiking past the hotel day and night. It seems likely that the officials who welcome Springfield gangsters to the neighborhood have worked out some agreement that the criminals are to refrain from menacing The Porches' guests. However, the Porches itself apparently doesn't bother to conduct even rudimentary background checks of its employees. Several young women on the housekeeping staff and at the front desk are local junkies/dealers who work closely with the Latin Kings. They are criminals, with criminal boyfriends who may specialize in home invasions, cat burglaries, identity theft, etc. These are the people who handle your credit card and driver's license when you check in. Then you must trust them to clean your room, with your luggage and expensive possessions sitting there unguarded when you go out to lunch.

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