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Midtown Mall

Mark Henderson / Worcester Sun

22 Front St., known commonly as the Midtown Mall, is one of two buildings owned by Dean and Judith Marcus that is targeted for redevelopment by the Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan. It is home to 22 businesses, including five places of worship.

Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan, the first five years | The city of Worcester and the Worcester Redevelopment Authority released the Downtown Urban Revitalization plan on Tuesday afternoon. With an anticipated life of 20 years, the full transformation of downtown will happen overnight. We take a look at the proposed Phase 1, which the plan states can take place in the first five years.


The Notre Dame des Canadiens Church at Salem Square

Sun Staff / Worcester Sun

The Notre Dame des Canadiens Church at Salem Square

Editorial: Two approaches to building a better Worcester |  On the same day it was announced 24 buildings were being targeted for revitalization by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, the owners of the Notre Dame des Canadiens Church filed an application to hasten demolition of the historic building at Salem Square. We look at what these two things tell us about the future of Worcester.


April20SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 51]: The many layers of Ed Augustus |  Edward M. Augustus Jr. This is not the moniker of a burger-flipping, earbud-wearing slacker. No, this is clearly the handle of a man of high repute. The guy who gets things done. Even his most staunch opponent — OK, maybe not Gaffney — would have to admit the city manager has made his share of good calls. That judgment, though, seemingly flew south for the winter, leaving treacherous streets and irate constituents. Hitch can see why it’s been a chilly start to spring for the big guy.


Jim Lang

Courtesy Assumption College

Assumption College English Professor and director of its Center for Teaching Excellence James M. Lang

Inbox [April 20]: Bravehearts swing Saturday fan event, Assumption prof nets Fulbright award, Nativity School taps interim boss, city offers discounted rain barrels |  Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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