1. Pioneer Valley gets middle-of-the-road ranking from Brookings Institution as to how it is weathering the recession

    A poor showing in gross metropolitan product has Springfield ranked 73 out of 100 cities.
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    1. Springfield is a pretty typical metropolitan area in terms of its overall response to the recession. Things aren't great but they could be a lot worse.
    2. Unfortunately in Western Massachusetts there are no quick fixes.
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