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Saw this in the Turtlegram and Gazette yesterday……
It’s a 10,000 word, poorly written article that is basically propaganda for City Manager Ed Augustus. They keep trying to sell us on Worcester becoming some yuppie mecca where everyone wants to move. The so called, “renaissance.” And these apartments are renting for over $2,000 a month. In Worcester. Anyone who would pay that kind of money to live in Worcester is a moron. There’s no other way around it. They hand picked a bunch of people who were planning on moving here and basically this is a summation of why:
“Developers, city officials, architects and planners interviewed said these housing units capitalize on a trend toward a more urban lifestyle; as access to shops, entertainment, restaurants and bars, and transit increasingly usurp the desire for the single-family home on an acre of land along a cul-de-sac.”
Access to shops? Translation – you’re right near Bling Bling and the Midtown Mall:
Entertainment? Oh yea, Paw Patrol is coming to the Hanover Theater, and if you enjoy watching derelicts take naps on the downtown common, there certainly is plenty of entertainment.
And of course the biggest appeal is that you’re living across the street from the train station, so you can leave Worcester as easily as possible. The same bus and train station where Worcester most infamous junkboxes go to defecate and discuss strategies for panhandling.
The best part is that the people who are pushing for this sort of gentrification are all “progressives.” Ya know, the people fighting for the poor and downtrodden. Which is why they’re courting white people who can afford to pay $2,400 for a studio apartment in Worcester. Although I agree that this is the kind of crowd all cities should be trying to bring, it’s just hilarious that these people pretend to give a shit about the poor or people of color. They don’t.
It led to some brilliant commentary though….
Yea, private developers who invest $92 million into renovations should “focus on the homeless.” This is how business works. Private developers have an obligation to make sure homeless people have a place to stay for free. Definitely.
Any time you see someone advocate for low income housing, what they’re really trying to do is bring crime and griminess to a neighborhood near you. This isn’t poor shaming, it’s just a fact. You wanna build more low income housing? Cool. That’s how Worcester becomes Lawrence.
The bottom line is that Worcester is what it is. It will never be Boston because it’s too far away anything that matters. But it can be a decent mid sized city, as long as they focus on what really matters – keeping middle class property owners on the west side in Worcester. Just stop pretending to be something that you’re not.