Turtleboy Investigates went to the abandoned parking lot between Beaver Brook Park and Park Ave to check out what exactly was going on in this magical lot of enchantment.
There’s a lot of random and crappy looking stuff in Worcester. Usually we just drive by these eyesores and don’t think twice about them. But Turtleboy Investigates is going to start a new series entitled “Wonders Of The Woo,” in which we take a closer look at what exactly is behind some of these magical lands of enchantment. Today we start with the Krock’s empty lot on Park Ave, in between May and Chandler Streets:
There’s a bunch of abandoned lots in there totalling six acres of land. All owned by one of Worcester’s wealthiest families – the Krocks. Clearly they have the capital to do something with this, but instead it just sits there. Lets take a look at what’s going on.
To get into the lot you have to enter from the fields by Beaver Brook on Mayfield Street. So we parked by the Big Y parking lot near May Street. This is what you’re greeted by when you enter:
Trash. Awesome. And the bushes are filled with……you guessed it
soiled diapers for the win!!!
Once you start walking down Mayfield Street, which for some reason abruptly comes to end with concrete barricades, you are greeted by some more high quality Worcester trash:
It’s mostly liquor
But it’s also sprinkled in with some of Worcester’s finest favorite brand of cigarettes:
Head a little bit in more towards the fence and you can find some real treasures!!
And if these pictures don’t make new businesses want to invest in Worcester, then I don’t know what will!!!
Just gazing into there I can see it’s filled with splendor, elegance, and broken dreams.
Once you walk through the giant gap in the fence you will find abandoned lots as far as the eye can see.
But there is life in this vast wilderness of concrete and asphalt. If life can exist in the Krock lots, then there MUST be life on Jupiter.
According to the Telegram the Krocks were ordered by the courts to cut down all the brush in their empty lot because it’s been used as a homeless encampment. So they did that last year. And as you can see they have clearly done an effective job of getting rid of the encampments.
Back during the Great Depression they used to call encampments like these “Hoovervilles” because President Hoover was such a shitty leader. Therefore I think it’s only appropriate to call these fabulous little villages “Pettyvilles.”
Anyway, we kept walking around to see if there were any more of Tracy Novick’s finest hanging out back here. So we did a little exploring and found out that this is apparently a great place for teenagers to come and do some good ol’ fashioned whip its!!!
After that we stumbled through some more trash
Apparently this is where people throw their clothes when the for-profit bins are filled on Grafton Street. If I knew this lot had so many hidden nooks and crannies back in high school it would’ve been the ideal spot for some underage drinking and making out!!
Shortly afterwards we came upon the mack daddy of all bum encampments, hidden deep within the brush.
Whoever lives here is here to stay. A true man for all seasons.
The master of the house wasn’t there at the moment for comment. But this is prime real estate if you’re trying to be the sign guy at the corner of Park Ave and Chandler. You have to earn your way to the top though. That’s how nature works.
Also, it appears as if RBG and the hippies do some camping here after a long day of dumpster diving:
Here’s what I don’t understand. Why isn’t Mayfield Street a street that you can drive on? It cuts from Chandler Street over to May
and Beaver Brook park is right there. Well, at least it USED TO BE called Beaver Brook Park. Now it belongs to some guy named Furo.
LOL. “City of Worcester, pride in our parks.” Yea, Joe Petty’s showing a lot “pride” in this park. That’s why it belongs to Furo now.
You can tell because Jumpin’ Joe has obviously been “working together” to make sure our parks are looking great once you see how it’s been decorated for the fall harvest.
Yea, lots of normal people are gonna wanna bring their kids down to Beaver Brook park for the afternoon.
So what’s the solution to this? Well for one thing Mayfield Street should be a real street that people can drive on. Because it’s a dead end dirt road that leads nowhere, bums are obviously gonna set up shop here, because no one is gonna see them if no one’s driving on that street. As a result we’ve effectively taken six acres of land and permanently handed it over to the derelicts.
Joe Petty could be allocating city resources towards park maintenance instead of spending millions of dollars on City Square so we can build a hotel that no one from Worcester will ever stay in. But then again Joe Petty’s primary concern has never been the citizens of Worcester. He’s focused on giving the impression that Worcester is a yuppie’s paradise when you drive by it on 290. You can’t see Beaver Brook or Park Ave from 290, so fuck it.
Lastly we could actually hold the Krocks responsible for this. Why is the City Council just COOL with this eyesore? It’s been abandoned for as long as I can remember, and we just allow the richest family in the city to keep this bum magnet going. Here’s what you do. The Krocks live on Salisbury Street, right after the fork with Forest Street. They have that gate on the right that leads to their eight acre $1.5 million mansion. The city needs to call up some teamsters and have a bread truck “break down” in front of their house. If they wanna get that bread truck towed, they’re gonna need to call in some heavy machinery from out of state. And that’s gonna take some time. Unless of course the Krocks clean their shit up and sell their lot to some developer who will actually make it look like it’s not a Holiday Inn Express for drug addicts.
So there’s our first installment of “Wonders Of The Woo.” If you have any suggestions for our next Turtleboy Investigates, message us and let us know. It doesn’t have to be contained to Worcester though. If it’s close and it’s gross, we’ll come check it out. If you live in some dump like Fall River or Springfield, feel free to take your own pictures and send them to us and we’ll add the Turtleboy commentary. Now buy a hoodie before it gets cold out!!!