Editorial: New Year for the Worcester renaissance

Worcester has come far the last 25 years, preparing itself for the future. While developers continue those big-ticket improvements, let’s add feet to the equation. We urge folks to get out and enjoy this city more. People going out and about inspire the street-level, human-scale practicalities that help a place come alive.

Chandler eyes 2018 Senate agenda that moves past scandal

“We have education ahead of us, we have housing, a very important issue because we’re so short on housing in Massachusetts,” Worcester’s Harriette L. Chandler said recently. “We have a lot of legislation to get through and we need the governor to work with us, we need the House to work with us, and we need to work together.”

Up Next: City poised to set tax rates

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. used $250,000 from free cash to reduce the city’s tax levy to about $293.5 million, some $11 million more than last year but nearly $14 million below what the city could ask from its taxpayers. But still, with the spike in property values across the city, real tax relief for businesses or residents is unlikely. … Also, the city and its developer are moving forward with the renovation of the old courthouse.

Editorial: Work cut out for next City Council

With the municipal election Tuesday — and changes afoot every day in Worcester — we hope for a City Council resolved to be stronger. Many of the big development pieces are either in place or on the way. This puts the city at a critical juncture. We need the next set of city councilors to bring the vision, determination, cooperation and leadership that will help glue it all together.

On Beacon Hill: The ‘Ready for Prime-time Players’

The Red Sox may be done for the season, but there were plenty of pitches being thrown around Boston as the Amazon wooing efforts officially got underway. But instead of sending an ace to the mound, the state has taken a closer-by-committee approach. Plus, McGovern, Warren, Chandler and more HQ2.

Editorial: Courting Amazon, and all that comes with it

Seattle-based Amazon is shopping around for a place to build a second headquarters. Will Worcester beat the stiff competition? Do we want it to? We look at the city’s assets from Amazon’s point of view. We wonder, too, whether the behemoth’s arrival would change us for better or for worse.

State opens pipeline to more development money for cities like Worcester

MassDevelopment announced the second round of its Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), with the goal of selecting four to six additional TDI districts. Worcester’s Theatre District was among 10 TDI districts chosen in 2014.