Today the area is a vibrant mix of residential development, commercial buildings such as restaurants and small businesses, and a significant number of religious and non-profit institutions.
Major contributors to the area’s cultural density include: Framingham State University, the Danforth Art Museum, the Framingham History Center, The Learning Center for the Deaf, and the Access Framingham cable TV studio.
The district continues to host many religious institutions as well with the First Parish Church, Plymouth Church, First Baptist Church, St. Bridget’s Church, and St. Andrew’s Church.
The Centre Common is frequently the site of many community events in all seasons, including summer concerts, festivals, a farmer’s market, Christmas caroling, public memorials and other gatherings.
Life In The Big City
After a long history as the state’s largest town, with a current population of over 73,000 residents, Framingham voted to become a city in 2017. In January, 2020, the Massachusetts Cultural Council voted to designate the Framingham Centre Common Cultural District as the 49th cultural district in the Commonwealth.