Worcester’s Power Players, a more definitive list

If we are going to honor the developers, we also have to acknowledge the role of those who create the crucial infrastructure of a vital built environment – the artists, the preservationists, the tree huggers and the tree planters. … They too are the “power players.”

Want to change the world? Start here

Joyce Mandell, a community development specialist, urban studies professor and self-proclaimed rabble-rouser, initiated a blog, “Jane Jacobs in the Woo,” in 2016 to stimulate conversation and actions to build a vibrant Worcester, and was a founding member of Worcester’s Urban Planning Partnership (UPP). A resident of the city for over 20 years, she believes in the potential of Worcester, the power of praxis and the truth to be found both in stories and stillness. Jane Jacobs in the Woo will now be a regular feature in the Worcester Sun online and in print. Nov. 8, 2016, seemed a day of such promise.