20 Years of Intown Series: 2003


  • The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returned to Manchester for the first time in nearly 50 years in 2003! The circus continues to be a large part of the Downtown events calendar each year, thanks to the Verizon Wireless Arena!
  • In 2003 Intown Manchester received three awards from the Northeast Economic Developers Association (NEDA)! They were: Superior award for Intown’s Downtown Manchester Map and Guide, award of Excellence for the business-recruitment guide Manchester the Queen City, Where History Meets Opportunity; and merit for Intown’s website at the time!

Downtown Development

  • In the Spring of 2003, Red Sox owner Larry Luchino signed a waiver allowing Manchester to be the future home of a minor-league baseball team. As Mayor Baines said at the time, this deal was more about baseball, it was about economic development. Looking ahead to 2016, it sure was!


  • In 2003, Intown began a pilot program to combat graffiti in Downtown. The graffiti problem isn’t just a Manchester issue, let alone a Downtown issue, but it is frequent nonetheless. In 2003, Intown saw the need for assistance to downtown property owners, so began our graffiti removal services. While graffiti is a huge issue, it, of course, is one of many beautification services Intown provides. And one of the most labor intensive!

    Graffiti Cleanup in 2003

    Graffiti Cleanup in 2003



2 thoughts on “20 Years of Intown Series: 2003

  1. Dear Intown Staff,

    Still enjoying the 20 year recollections – This walk down “Memory Lane” is incredible. I had forgotten about so many of our early achievements. I feel like someone who has just found her old report card from 6th grade and discovered, with great surprise, that back then, it was filled with As 🙂

    Your summer schedule is AMAZING!! You’ll be very busy, I’m sure, but with luck and a bit of good weather, you’ll have the best summer EVER in downtown. Vet Park will be a great alternative to a day trip to the lakes or the beach – I heard that last weekend, there was a two-hour traffic jam at Hampton beach to see the sand sculptures. And then a $20 fee to park.

    Wishing you a great summer and Good Luck!


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