Pittsfield, the Berkshires largest city, distinguished itself with a rich history in agriculture, industry, literature, and baseball. However, after many of the mills closed and General Electric relocated many of its manufacturing facilities out of town, Pittsfield experienced an economic downturn. Today, Pittsfield is experiencing a rapid renaissance with a thriving arts and cultural scene, and numerous opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the Berkshires. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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