Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

City Hall in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Shannon Young / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Hundreds of jobs are coming to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, while an affordable housing crisis continues throughout Berkshire County.

Homeless shelter beds in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

In 2007, Springfield, Massachusetts, set out a plan to end long-term homelessness within 10 years. The following year, officials and advocates from Hamden, Hampshire and Franklin counties came together to craft a similar plan.

Chicopee Academy at James C. Selser School in Chicopee, Masscahusetts.
Dave Roback / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

Three of the 10 schools with the highest rates of student suspensions in Massachusetts are in Hampden County.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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It was a contentious week between the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mayor Domenic Sarno, as they disagreed on three separate issues. 

A view underneath I-91 in Springfield, Massachusetts, in July 2018.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

Even as renovation of the elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, has wrapped up, state transportation officials are looking 20 years into the future.