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Adamses' birthplace or just hometown?[edit]

I notice that someone's replaced "birthplace" with "hometown" in the intro section where it mentions John Adams and John Quincy Adams. It's been my understanding that these two presidents were, indeed, Quincy natives. Bear in mind that what is today Quincy was once part of Braintree, and both presidents are listed as having been born in Braintree; so do we have a citation somewhere that these guys are from the "Braintree" part of old Braintree, not the "Quincy" part? Otherwise, it should be restored to "birthplace." Wiki Wistah 03:28, 15 January 2007 (UTC) SMart person the idiot that made the page is dumb and tough quincy adam must be from quincy WRONG —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:29, 4 September 2007 (UTC) Okay see this OLD brintree contind Briantree duh Quincy randolph halbrok Quincy may have the buildins But the certifates Our my town all ares nt those mrons n quincy GO RAINTREE —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:33, 4 September 2007 (UTC)


But Quincy is always pronounced KWIN-ZEE (as in the middle name of John Q. Adams) except for some cases that are the result of errors. --Daniel C. Boyer 20:04, 16 Nov 2004 (UTC)

The good people of Quincy, Illinois, not to mention Quincy Jones, would beg to differ re: "error," but nonetheless, saying the Massachusetts pronounciation is "contrary to appearances" is POV. I've deleted that first bit; I'll leave it to someone else to restore the notation that the local Quincy pronounciation trips up newcomers and TV personalities, most of whom are used to the other pronounciation elsewhere. Wiki Wistah 01:49, 28 December 2006 (UTC)
It certainly does, but there are only about a thousand or ten place names around North America where the locals pronounce them differently from outsiders. You'd just think that TV reporters would be professional enough to ask a local how the name's pronounced instead of (as I saw on CNN, for instance) saying "LeoMINster" rather than the real local pronunciation of "LEHminster." Ravenswing 07:54, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

Why does the fact that Quincy is named after Colonel John Quincy mean it should be pronounced Kwin-zee? Presumably, Col. Quincy pronounced it that way too, but there's no reference to that in the article. Also the footnote citation for the pronunciation is a dead link. 03:19, 24 December 2007

I fixed the footnote. AJD (talk) 21:24, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

God's Country[edit]

Residents refer to the Hough's Neck section of Quincy as "God's Country."

no we don't! --jenlight 15:37, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
News to me too, I confess, and probably to the vast majority of Neckers. Ravenswing 21:12, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

? what that is untrue did someone form aother stae say this

Famous People[edit]

Could someone tell me who Christopher F. Hill and Kevin Glennon are? I've removed them until this can be cleared up:

Are the Dropkick Murphys' ties to Quincy significant enough to warrant a mention here? How did they get their start in Wollaston, other than that a bunch of dudes from Wollaston really like the Dropkick Murphys? 03:19, 24 December 2007


The image used for the flag and the seal are the same. Rmpfu89 02:22, 24 January 2006 (UTC) The flag is the seal — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:43, 19 July 2012 (UTC)


The external links to appear to be password protected. Has this always been the case? Also, I have always considered to be Quincy's official site. Are there any objections to changing it in the article? JephSullivan 20:26, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

It is Quincy's official site. Change away. Ravenswing 04:27, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

For some reason, I now cannot get to work. My browser returns an error message. Maybe before I stick my neck out and change it, I will wait until the problem (on my end or theirs) is resolved. JephSullivan 15:20, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

School strike?[edit]

Is the school strike really worth mentioning in its own heading? I mean, really, is this of great historical note? It's not even cited or referenced with news articles or anything. And shouldn't it be marked as a current event or something? I still say it's a passing thing and not worthy of noting in any encyclopedic article... -- User:Aepoutre 17:49 June 13 2007 (EST)

You're right. Removed. AJD 13:20, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Mayor William J. Phelan[edit]

Is it even worth mentioning the present mayor? Quincy has had and will have multiple mayors, and I don't see the need for an entire section for our current mayor. Aepoutre 13:58, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

I'd say it's worth mentioning in terms of current affairs, but little more than that. The current entry's about right.  Ravenswing  16:43, 24 August 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps a politcal history section could be added. I don't know enough to add one myself though. Sasha Callahan 17:29, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

Police union external link[edit]

User:JeffCooke4764 has made repeated edits attempting to put on an external link for the Quincy city patrolmen's union, which has been reverted by several editors. The editor is a new one, and save for a single other edit, this has been his sole Wikipedia activity. The union's website disclaims any official connection to the city, and is only one of a number of union locals around (heck, I live off of a street with two of them), most no doubt with websites of their own. Mr. Cooke claims the website has QPD history, but that is no doubt true of many unofficial websites, and the city's official website maintains a listing of civic events. Mr. Cooke's now made four reversions within 24 hours, and I've placed a 3RR warning on his talk page.  Ravenswing  16:02, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

I listed him at WP:AN/3. Anyone think he works for Koch or is a Cop? Sasha Callahan 17:30, 24 August 2007 (UTC)
It wouldn't surprise me -- what else would a SBA be doing with no other edits? -- but I think an AN/3 warning is premature; this is still a newcomer. Let's just alert him to 3RR and consensus and see where things go from there.  Ravenswing  18:52, 24 August 2007 (UTC)
Cooke indeed stopped editing immediately after his 4th revert, so I've closed the AN3 report. 3RR blocks are for prevention of reverts, not punishment of the guilty, and no prevention seems necessary right now. Let us know if it happens again. - KrakatoaKatie 17:05, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Quincy Quarries[edit]

How many Quarries were there in Quincy, and what were the dates of operation on each of them? Is there a map which shows where they were in the late mid-late 1800's? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:39, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

In case anyone else is wondering about this, the main article on the topic is Quincy Quarries Reservation; apart from that, you could ask at the reference desk, spend some time at the library, and/or contact the Quincy Historical Society. --Fullobeans (talk) 12:48, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

Notable Residents[edit]

I am starting a notable residents page. Any contributions would be appreciated.Dough007 (talk) 03:53, 17 February 2008 (UTC).

Belated response, but: Category:People from Quincy, Massachusetts might be a good jumping-off point. --Fullobeans (talk) 11:12, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

Neighborhood article names[edit]

I just did a sweeping rename-a-thon of all the Quincy neighborhood articles (which I probably should have discussed here first, but I don't think it'll be too controversial). All of the articles in question are now in the "Name (Quincy, Massachusetts)" format. There's no standard policy for naming articles about neighborhoods, but Wikipedia:Naming conventions (places) would appear to support the parenthetical method in this particular case. For instance: "Hough's Neck, Quincy, Massachusetts" is chock full of commas, plus it's rarely, if ever, written out that way in common usage; "Hough's Neck, Massachusetts" misleadingly implies that Hough's Neck is an independent town which other people (or at least postal workers) in Massachusetts have probably heard of; and "Hough's Neck" gives the reader no context as to what the article might be about (Art? Anatomy? Philosophical conundrum?) prior to their reading it. "Hough's Neck (Quincy, Massachusetts)," I think, nicely establishes that Hough's Neck is a feature of a locally recognizable city in a (inter)nationally recognizable state; it responds to the pipe trick; and it's nice and tidy. Yes? --Fullobeans (talk) 11:12, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

Well, I've definitely seen and heard people refer to "Wollaston, Massachusetts", but I'm perfectly fine with this and completely agree with the comma issue. Thanks for updating and standardizing it all, even if it was done so begrudgingly, haha. --Aepoutre (talk) 11:29, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
My (begrudging) pleasure! Wollaston residents are definitely fond of using "Wollaston, Massachusetts", and even Marina Bay now seems to be (pointedly) pushing "Marina Bay, Massachusetts"; I just figure 99.9% of the world's population couldn't care less (silly them), so we might as well minimize their confusion. --Fullobeans (talk) 11:52, 29 November 2008 (UTC)


Although only a minor issue, shouldn't be try to keep the population quoted consistent throughout the entire article? The 88K+ listed in the first paragraph of the article does not match the 91K+ that is listed in the statistics section.Let's get this fixed one way or the other. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2009 (UTC)


Extended explanation of my partial revert of this diff: Not "Adam's Shore", of course. I agree with reintroducing the red links with properly formatted link titles. Changing existing links that are to valid redirects is discouraged by WP:R2D but I think it's best in this case, since a newer editor might decide he prefers an old format better for his title. However, there are two distinct sections of the city, South Quincy and West Quincy. You do not read articles with lines like "... police arrested a South and West Quincy man for breaking into ..." or "South and West Quincy residents are protesting the billboard ..." in the Ledger or Sun, so there should be two separate articles when they are started. Finally, I don't understand what was meant by "fix number" in the edit summary, but the list does not have to exactly match the cited City web page which was not done for use in an encyclopedia. Sswonk (talk) 22:41, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

Agreed. My mistake, friend. -- (talk) 00:31, 21 May 2009 (UTC)