Lowell Lingo

My senior year in college the professor asked the class the following icebreaker, “What’s one thing that makes you really happy?” My reply, “When I’m driving home from school and the sign on 495 says Lowell – 10 miles.”

Needless to say, I am consistent.

I was born here (along with my parents and grandparents) and I will die here.

And in the interim, I will continue to take advantage of all of the wonderful things that our City has to offer, including its affinity for abbreviations, which gets me to my point.

Photo courtesy of Marte Media

I’ve been in so many meetings with folks new to working in the City. I often see their eyes bug out their heads when acronyms such as (but most definitely not limited to) LMA, MCC and LGH are thrown around. I make a point to quietly tell these individuals what the said acronyms stand for. You know, to let them in on the Lowell Lingo!

Perhaps this Lowell Lingo started when Consumer Value Stores opened their doors here in Lowell in 1963. (Yes, Lowell is the birthplace of CVS.) But something tells me, the history of Lowell Lingo dates back as far as the City’s rich history does.

Here is some common Lowell Lingo (limited to acronyms):

  • CASE – Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • CBA – Coalition for a Better Acre
  • CHH – Center for Hope and Healing
  • COOL – Cultural Organization of Lowell
  • CTI – Community Teamwork Inc.
  • CVB – Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Center
  • DPD – Department of Planning and Development
  • DPW – Department of Public Works
  • LMA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • GLCF – Greater Lowell Community Foundation
  • GLCC – Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce
  • JDCU – Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
  • LDFC – Lowell Development & Financial Corporation
  • LFF – Lowell Folk Festival
  • LGH – Lowell General Hospital
  • LHA – Lowell Housing Authority
  • LHS – Lowell High School
  • LNHP – Lowell National Historical Park
  • LP&CT – Lowell Parks & Conservation Trus
  • LRTA – Lowell Regional Transit Authority
  • LSMS – Lowell Summer Music Series
  • LTC – Lowell TeleMedi
  • MCC – Middlesex Community College
  • MRT – Merrimack Repertory Theatre
  • MVFB – Merrimack Valley Food Bank
  • MVHP – Merrimack Valley Housing Project
  • UML – UMass Lowell
  • ZBA – Zoning Board of Appeals

So, there you have it. A brief (one could even say abbreviated – wink, wink) lesson on some of Lowell’s most loved acronyms. If there is ever a guide on “How to Lowell” they should definitely be included!

{Sidenote: I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, so please comment on this post and I’ll update this with your feedback (keep it clean folks!).}

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