Worcester Police: #YesAllWomen

It’s been a couple of years since we looked at gender inequality in prostitution arrests in the City of Worcester.

As I said a couple of years ago, it’s difficult to track prostitution-related arrests.  So allow me to focus on the press releases issued by WPD for 2013-2014:

January 20, 2013: 5 men, 9 women

May 17, 2013: 5 men, 10 women

June 5, 2013: 2 men, 3 women

March 20, 2014: 0 men, 5 women

May 21, 2014: 2 men, 6 women

So — from the press releases for the past year and a half, 70% of the prostitution sting arrests have been women.

If you’re looking at 2014, it’s a whopping 84%.

I’m not sure if the Vice Squad was anticipating the #YesAllWomen hashtag, or somehow took it the wrong way.

Not to sound hysterical, but would it be too much to ask for a bit of gender parity in Main South prositution stings?  (Especially considering the effort we took to try to impound johns’ cars just a few short years ago…)

Burnside Fountain updates

You may be wondering why we haven’t announced any spring planting sessions for TBUG.

Due to construction at that end of the Common this spring and summer, we will not be able to plant, weed, and water at Turtle Boy.

Once construction is done, we will be back to urban gardening, with a larger area for planting and a drip system to water the plants.

Here are some of the highlights of what will be happening over the coming months:

Gulf War Memorial. The city will try to make available an area of about a foot (perhaps more) in front of the memorial so that we can do better planting.

Turtle Boy itself.  The monument will not be moving, but it will be surrounded by a much larger oval, with more space in back (towards the Common) than in front.

Size of the oval:
from edge to edge = 45 feet (long part of oval)
from front to back = slightly over 25 (short part of oval)

Curbing around the oval: There will be a 6″ reveal (not quite a curb) at the front of the monument; lower in the back.  This should be good for providing a little more of a “step up” that will help plows avoid the planting area in the winter.

LIGHTS!  There will be two lights in the front of the monument for lighting it at night.

Water.  There will be a 1″ copper line from the road, and a drip system for the plantings.  There will be opportunity for water/filtration if there’s ever money for re-plumbing the fountain.

Image: Turtle Boy Weeding Party 2010, a Creative Common Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic licensed image from Claudia Snell’s photostream.

Residuum of Higgins Armory

The Higgins Armory may now be but a memory for most people, and its armor is now either at the Worcester Art Museum or in the hands of new owners, but there are still some odds & ends that need to be liquidated.

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Bottom Line Exchange of Southborough has the somewhat unglamorous task of finding new homes for the less valuable and/or practical items left behind at the Armory, and will be auctioning these things to the highest bidder next month.

Some of the items on the block include:

  • Fixtures
  • Facility Maintenance Items
  • Office Furniture & Equipment
  • Antiques & Miscellaneous
  • Reproduction Arms & Armor

The auction will be held Saturday, June 14 at 11:00 AM

You can check out what’s available at either of two preview events, June 12 & 13 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information about the auction or preview events, e-mail Bottom Line Exchange or call them at 508-480-9800.