The Worcesternomics of urban revitalization

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A plan that could change the landscape of downtown Worcester for generations is set to be released to the public on Tuesday.

The Downtown Worcester Urban Revitalization Plan, the first public meeting for which occurred 14 months ago, is a bold and emphatic step to renew and reshape the city’s core.

Worcester's downtown skyline, slightly askew

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The profile of Worcester’s downtown landscape could be vastly changed by WRA plans over the next 20 years.

With a total footprint of 118 acres, the $104 million plan by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority includes land from Pearl and Mechanic streets downtown to Lafayette Street in South Worcester.

Included within the boundary is the Midtown Mall and the vacant Wyman-Gordon property at Madison and Lamartine streets. CitySquare, including the former Notre Dame des Canadiens Church, and the Canal District are not within its boundaries.


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3 thoughts on “The Worcesternomics of urban revitalization

  1. Ho Hum. Not Impressed. Sandbox dreamworld thinking just keeps plodding along. Nothing is going to happen without big money and big political muscle. Our transportation infrastructure sucks, like over 100 years old obsolescent; why is the city’s transportation system designed as if there was a vital economic center? We don’t have a functional relationship with our suburbs as if Worcester was not a part of Leicester, Holden, Grafton or Shrewsbury or vice versa. I can understand why Boston can’t develop east, why can’t we develop West? The full potential of Podunk highway was killed years ago, why can’t we have our 128? Urban vitality today is driven by the Internet. Dah. Residential space in San Francisco is valued at $1,000/sf, theatre tickets on Broadway go for $150/seat, how is our Theatre District going to compete with that? This is not bold thinking; just pretty drawings.

  2. Ho Hum. Not Impressed. Sandbox dreamworld thinking just keeps plodding along. Nothing is going to happen without big money and big political muscle. Our transportation infrastructure sucks, like over 100 years old obsolescent; why is the city’s transportation system designed as if there was a vital economic center? We don’t have a functional relationship with our suburbs as if Worcester was not a part of Leicester, Holden, Grafton or Shrewsbury or vice versa. I can understand why Boston can’t develop east, why can’t we develop West? The full potential of Podunk highway was killed years ago, why can’t we have our 128? Urban vitality today is driven by the Internet. Dah. Residential space in San Francisco is valued at $1,000/sf, theatre tickets on Broadway go for $150/seat, how is our Theatre District going to compete with that? This is not bold thinking; just pretty drawings.