Cover story: Storefronts a window into city economy | Storefronts are considered by many urban planners to be the commercial bloodlines of a municipality. Those who study the economics of cities believe that they accurately gauge a community’s real business and financial vitality. Sun contributor Bronislaus B. Kush is back to peer into the heart of the city’s economy, one decorative awning at a time.
Sidebar: Road to more foot traffic — city paves its way | A $7.5 million upgrade to the downtown stretch of Main Street is in the offing and should have an impact on the many sputtering businesses lining the stretch between Lincoln and Federal squares. But city officials consider much more than light fixtures and traffic flow when it comes to planning and implementing such development work.
Sun Shine: Troy Thompson and the ‘No Evil Project’ | As a student at WPI in the 1990s, Troy Thompson brought the city together by creating socialweb.net, an online events website. He’s doing it again with his latest endeavor, the “No Evil Project.” Read about how this social entrepreneur is helping teach local students about labels; about his latest exhibit, which opens Oct. 7 at North High School; and about how his four-year-old art project is on the verge of becoming a significant business.
Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 2 — The Playbook | “How hard can it be? I thought. Businesses are opened every day across the globe. Each one catering to a specific market and supplying a product or service that fills a void. I had not only identified the void in the Worcester Public Schools system but I’d experienced it first hand. This should be a walk in the park, I mumbled to myself.” But to really help her daughter and families just like theirs, Giselle Rivera-Flores needed to find the right coach.
Editorial: A chance to play in the big (minor) leagues | Worcester has an opportunity to engage the owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox in discussions about moving the team to our city. Two decades ago, the city was “played” by the PawSox to extract a better deal from the state of Rhode Island. We take a look at the current landscape. Should Worcester swing for the fences again? Find out.
Local Business Spotlight: Wicked Wing Co. | Ever try closing for an opening act? The restaurant game is a fickle animal in any environment, so why not try what the Norton boys of Wicked Wing Co. pulled off in early September, when the eatery’s friends-and-family debut was so successful that the wings joint had to skip a day to retrench for its public launch. Find out why they’ve been busy ever since.
Worcester Weekly: Sept. 27-Oct. 3 | Besides putting serious thought into your Halloween costume — don’t be that guy, or gal, who goes as Trump — you’re going to have a lot on your plate this week. Not one, but two, debates to help you shape that informed opinion of yours before the city’s Nov. 3 election. And, from flying Mustangs to galloping Andalusians, with maybe even a Polar Bear sighting in between, the next seven days could get hairy — but, hey, they sure sound like fun!