Billy Breault

Mariano: The man nobody wants but every neighborhood needs

“He is loud and brash. His hair is long and unruly, and he wears a giant mustache that looks like a battering ram. … When he gets angry, and that is often, he looks like someone you want to avoid. Detractors call him a loudmouth, a bully and much worse.” In the first of a new series, Ray Mariano profiles Billy Breault, the Marshal of Main South.

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Editorial: Steps that add up to Worcester housing victories

A dose of reality — times two — will be on the minds of many as they hit the West Side today for the 31st annual Walk for the Homeless.

The first dose is simply the reminder of a stubborn homelessness problem no one would wish on anyone. The 3.1-mile walk, organized by the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA), sets out from Elm Park at 2 p.m.

cmha-logoSecond, this year’s event comes on the heels of headlines about a property in a less-pretty section of the city. The Albion lodging house, 765 Main St., on Thursday had Main South neighbors imploring its potential new owners to use it for market-rate housing.

What the prospective owners had in mind was to fix up the blighted building and make it into an emergency shelter for families. The Albion, across the street from the downtown YMCA, is one shaky step up from a shelter as it is.