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.”
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While a vote by the Planning Board last week brought Worcester one step closer to the demolition of Notre Dame des Canadiens Church, the city appeared intent on moving full speed ahead to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester and build a stadium near Kelley Square. The similarities and differences in these developments tell a lot about the priorities of the city’s leaders.
Large-scale developments in downtown Worcester affirm the value we place in the city in which we live, work and play. But out of the limelight and without fanfare, development is happening throughout the city. We salute the developments that otherwise go unnoticed and lament the ones that got away.
In Istanbul, I was drowned in the city and its events, while in Worcester I have to dig in to reach them. In Istanbul, a machine of 15 million, I always felt disposable and replaceable. In Worcester, I feel more significant. … But where do people of color and/or lower income stand within this revitalizing/renewing Worcester? How much are they incorporated into this transformation? What are their roles?
If these current trends continue, we are likely to face many more church closings in the years ahead. As a warning, we should take notice that the nearby Diocese of Hartford just announced the closing of 26 church buildings.