I remember those days very well. We moved there in 1965 and didn't leave until 2005, 40 years later. It was the "small" town atmosphere that lured us there. There have been too many changes which have certainly changed the ambiance of the town. Oh well, I guess that's called progress.
I agree with you, Mary, and if Dave weren't tied to his business in Norwood, I'd move further out in a minute. I don't know that I'd choose the Cape, due to the summer crowds... I think I'd head to central MA or possibly eastern CT. I LOVE the Amherst area.
Of course, if we didn't have so many family ties here, I'd be tempted to move further south... like VA or NC. Then I could be back in the country and have lower housing costs too!