Worcester: city that “gets it”

There’s a column about Worcester’s downtown by Paul McMorrow in today’s Globe that’s partly a rebuttal to the story from last week.

I’m not sure I agree with the column more than I did the article, but you should read it and comment away:

Plenty of work remains. Well over 1.5 million square feet of buildings remain on the drawing boards. The city needs every one of them to create a downtown that hums with life. Worcester’s failed mall showed that cities can’t wish vibrant downtowns into existence. People need real reasons for coming, and staying, downtown. That’s why the residential component of Worcester’s CitySquare plan looms large — and why it shows the city understands the importance of incremental change.

3 thoughts on “Worcester: city that “gets it”

  1. Here is the issue, there are plenty apartments and housing in downtown. Look at Bancroft Commons, the Filene’s lofts or the Park Building. The problem is that the residents in these buildings don’t have the income to support things like cafes, boutiques, and other amenities that we all want in downtown. When can we start using the dirty word “gentrification,” and accept that is what we want to see happen.

  2. Sprout says:

    Worcester “is sticking to its plan”? Really?

  3. savvybear1981 says:

    Reblogged this on Straight From The Savvybear.

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