The first Dunkin Donuts. Photograph: Joanna Walters for the Guardian
America should be grateful to Quincy, Koch said especially, or perhaps despite, the fact that it also produced Howard Johnson and his budget hotel chain.
The city was also home to giant granite quarries, but they fell quiet in 1963. Shipbuilding, mighty since the 1600s, died in 1985. A once vibrant shopping scene then lost out to suburban malls, in a familiar tale of urban decline.
Now, city officials say, investment is flowing and new condos and restaurants are emerging amid the more humdrum downtown buildings. The city is replacing one side of a busy rotary which cut between the Church of the Presidents and, City Hall and an historic cemetery. In its place will rise a $30m park called Adams Hancock Green, which will include new statues of those founding fathers.
Walking past some busy construction, Patrick Carey, 63, a retired auto mechanic, said: Most patriotic? I dont know.
Theres definitely a whole lot of history and the city is being modernized. I moved my family here from [nearby] Dorchester for a better life because you look at someone the wrong way there and theyll pop a cap in your butt. Here its safe, very nice and accessible. [It] would be good to see more visitors.
This Independence Day, Quincys attractive oceanfront, with its clam shacks and sailboats, will erupt in parties and fireworks. John Adams spurred such celebrations when he called for pomp and parade … guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations … forever, after the Founding Fathers voted for independence.
English incomers settled the Quincy area in 1625 and it was part of Boston and then Braintree until its own miniature independence in 1792. The town was named after Abigail Adamss grandfather, Col John Quincy, who was descended from Saer de Quincy, the first Earl of Winchester and one of the noblemen who forced King John to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.
Kerry Byrne, a Quincy native newly appointed as its brand ambassador, argued that such a deep legacy in the fight against tyranny was powerful.
Its really a unique contribution to freedom and democracy and the advancement of mankind, he said. Uniquely patriotic.
Philadelphia remains unmoved.