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Our elected leaders do a lot of dumb things, but this latest get rick quick scam might be the dumbest of them all. According to the Worcester Business Journal, City Square is about to become home to a luxury hotel where rich people will flock to from all over, thus invigorating our economy and magically making Worcester a great place to live. I’m not even kidding, that was the plan unveiled today at yet another press conference full of suits in the McGovern Crime Family Machine in downtown Worcester. Let’s take a moment to have a good laugh over various aspects of this story…
Yes, there have been major developments in the downtown, including the razing of the defunct Worcester Common Outlets, a reinvestment in the former Telegram & Gazette building, bringing thousands of Quinsigamond Community College students and employees downtown, and the creation of the Voke Lofts in the downtown-adjacent Lincoln Plaza.
Yes, we’ve had a lot of “major developments in the downtown” since Petty took office. Just a reminder that this is what downtown Worcester Common looks like at 2:00 on a Tuesday afternoon:
I guess these are the, “thousands of Quinsigamond Community College students and employees downtown.” Probably just taking their lunch break before investing in the local economy and heading back to their Voke luxury lofts.
These developments have set the foundation for a rebuilding of downtown, but with the selection of the AC Hotel by Marriott to be placed nearly next to the city commons, one developer has taken a step towards elevating the area up to a high-end destination, according to city insiders and officials.
The 120,000-square-foot hotel will be the city’s only full-service downtown hotel, but it adds more than meeting space and the (admittedly large and somewhat game-changing in its own right) 250-seat restaurant. It is a shot of European-style class from a brand that has been creating boutique, luxury hotels since 1998. Worcester will be the only location outside of Boston to receive one of these hotels, and it will be able to pull business clients and those seeking a unique experience from 25 miles around, said Leo H. Xarras, chairman of Colwen Hotels (a group under XSS Hotels of Hooksett, N. H. that is developing the property).
LOL. No one’s really stupid enough to believe this right? You think a luxury hotel is gonna draw rich businessmen to Worcester? Just toss a wicked nice hotel up there and the suits will flock. I don’t even know what to say that. Like, they really think that the reason people aren’t coming to Worcester to do business is because the hotels aren’t European-style? LOL. It’s just so stupid it’s fantastic!!
People want class, amenities and a downtown location, Thomas said. Inside, the rooms no longer center around a massive TV. The heated indoor pool is salt water because it’s better for the environment. An emphasis will be placed on the communal spaces, with Worcester County-sourced art creating comfortable and usable spaces designed to draw people out of their rooms.
Oh good, the hotels got rid of TV’s and replaced it with ART!!! That should fix Worcester!! Way to go Jumpin’ Joe Petty!!!
Along with all this talk of luxury and premiere comes higher price. The rooms will have a $30 to $50 premium over the current $150 to $199 high-end Worcester market, according to XSS.
Yup, they figured it out. Worcester’s problem is that we’re not charging enough for hotel rooms. So if we jack the price up to $250 a night then these addicts will leave the Worcester Common, stop doing heroin, and get real jobs as bellhops and concierges:
Because the only reason we have people openly doing heroin on the Common in broad daylight is the lack of jobs and high priced hotel rooms.
This is a market Worcester has already proven it can support, said Tim Murrary, president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“I remember when the Sole Proprietor opened and people questioned whether they could support it and some of the high end restaurants on Shrewsbury Street. People have supported them,” Murray said. “There is a market in Central Massachusetts, and the Worcester area that is looking for high-end experiences in terms of leisure and food.”
Hey Tim, the Sole Proprietor works because there are people in Worcester with money and sometimes they like to go out to a nice dinner. Guess where they’re going after they eat? Home. Guess what they’re not doing? Getting a Goddamn $250 HOTEL ROOM!!
The next step will bring in retail to build upon the expected influx of people to both this hotel as well as the extended stay hotel and other residential locations being built near the downtown, said Michael Traynor, chief development officer for Worcester.
“We need to step up our game and particularly with the clientele we will have downtown. We need the type of amenities that cater to the type of people coming into these developments. The city will attempt to create an overall downtown strategy for the first time to capitalize on this new density and market,” Traynor said.
Yea, the clientele in downtown Worcester is the finest in the region:
Everything Michael Traynor just said is meaningless, empty suit bullshit. How is the city going to create a “strategy” for downtown Worcester? Have these people ever been to downtown Worcester? There’s a Worcester Bling-Bling, a midtown mall, a Subway, and a welfare office. There used to be a cinema where horny old men could beat off, but apparently there wasn’t a big enough market for that. People in downtown Worcester want drugs, sandwiches, and bling-bling, and the local businesses cater to that. So what is the city gonna do? Tell all these businesses to get the fuck out of there? How exactly are they gonna do that? The Mid-Town Mall ain’t going anywhere, so what’s the plan? Oh yea, there is no plan.
Does the name Michael Traynor ring a bell? He’s the one who signed off on the $1,500 check so RBG could have his dinner and drinks paid for at the Sahara Restaurant for his poetry slams and trip to Oakland.
Yup. A man who writes $1,500 checks for RBG poetry slams is in charge of economic development in Worcester. This is why we can’t have nice things.
Here’s my question – how is no one calling out Joe Petty and Tim Murray for being exactly what they are – the 1%. It’s literally the only people they give a shit about. Every time I see the hippies backing up Joe Petty I laugh. Joe Petty doesn’t give a fuck about poor people or people of color. At least whiny ass RBG gets it:
He just built a luxury hotel so he can wine and dine his rich, imaginary friends from Boston. He’s been ignoring crime and poverty in this city for months because his mind has been on building this hotel that no one will ever come to. You know who would rather look at art than watch TV in their hotel room? Pretentious, upper class poopsmooches from Connecticut. That’s who Joe Petty and company care about. Michael Gaffney cares about blue collar, working class citizens who are sick of watching their tax dollars being pissed away on fraudulent non-profits like Mosaic. I’m voting for the guy who wants to improve Worcester for Worcester citizens, not the guy who wants to show off for his wealthy friends from Boston.
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