When the last minutes of Sunday evening drain away and 2018 arrives, the town of Framingham will disappear, to be replaced by the city of Framingham.
Long known as the state’s most populous town, Framingham will immediately leap to 14th in population among the Bay State’s 43 cities, and second only to Worcester among those in Central Massachusetts and MetroWest.
Many urban residents won’t understand the fuss over a designation. What difference does it make what a community calls itself?
Well, here in New England it seems to matter a good deal.
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