Brian and Ben live in the Atwater Park neighborhood
Ben is a Springfield native who went to college in Rhode
Island, where he met his partner Brian. They moved to eastern Massachusetts for
several years and then to Springfield when Brian accepted a position with the City
of Springfield. Ben works for a nonprofit a few towns away, an easy commute on
Interstate 91, and is active in the Springfield Preservation Trust, the city's
historic preservation organization. Together, they are refurbishing their 1923
Colonial Revival home.
Ben thinks Springfield has a great sense of place and
community and loves that there are many close amenities such as a variety of
restaurants, parks, and convenient neighborhood stores. He also likes being
near so many great places: quick trips to the Berkshires, New York, Boston and
beaches of Rhode Island, without the expensive price tag.
“I love the wonderful collection of historic buildings
throughout the city and the stories they tell of the past. Since moving back to
Springfield in 2007, I have met so many people in the GLBT community who live
in Springfield. Martini Night is a great event that brings together many in the
gay community, and my involvement with the Springfield Preservation Trust has
acquainted me with many community activists who are great people,” he adds.