Quinsigamond Firehouse

Someone had mentioned that this home (which I’ve been in love with since I was about seven) was featured in Preservation Worcester’s Most Endangered Properties list.

Also on the Endangered Properties list are the Mission Chapel (which is about number one in my properties to buy if I suddenly come into millions of dollars) and the Quinsigamond Firehouse.

Seriously, though, don’t you see this:

and dream of this:

Random Thoughts and Announcements

For all you lazy gardeners (and/or those who need to fill empty spaces in your gardens…mes amis at the REC (on FB) will be having a Seedling Sale Fundraiser on Tuesday, June 22nd (3pm to 7pm) and Thursday, June 24th (3pm to 7pm) at The REC (9 Castle Street, 1st Floor).  Most seedlings will be priced at 50 cents per plant.   (Varieties include green peppers, cantaloupe, Mohawk peppers, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, bush beans, yellow squash, summer squash, red hot peppers, cauliflower, zucchini squash, cabbage, cucumbers, sweet green peppers, greens, jalapenos, Tabasco hot peppers, flowers, eggplant, and kale.)

I read this article about violent crime being on the increase with much interest.  What’s unclear to me is whether there’s an increase in violent crime in general (regionally or nationwide), or just in Worcester.  Also of interest (but not known) is whether there’s any correlation between what happens in the first half of the year to what happens in the second half of the year.  For instance, in 2009, we’d had 2 shooting incidents in the first half of the year, and 16 in the second half of the year.  However, in 2004, which the article indicates was a bad year, we had 18 incidents in the first half of the year, but 11 more in the second half of the year.

It’s unclear to me why violent crime is on the increase, but it’s equally unclear that it follows that we’ll have an extremely violent second half of the year just because the first half was violent, if prior years are any indication.  And is this an uptick in violence for this year, or is it a continuation of what we saw in the second half of 2009?

I’m not trying to be a grumpy anonymous online poster, though I am all of those things, but I really, genuinely want to know whether first-half-of-the-year statistics indicate what will happen in the second half of the year, whether Worcester is unique in this “upsurge” or experiencing something everyone else is, whether making photocopies with a Most Wanted list is a good replacement for having up-to-date crime statistics on hand and available to all residents of the city.

I will be attending a potentially boring public meeting on traffic issues on Wednesday evening.  If you have anything you’d like me to mention, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Proving that various family members either read Worcesterite more closely than I do, or are somehow tuned to that wavelength, I got an email from my cousin yesterday linking to a song about Worcester: