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Last week a body was found inside a burned out car on Swan Avenue in Worcester. Although the story was shocking, the location was not. Because if there were one place in Worcester you would expect someone to burn a car with a dead body in it, it’s Swan Avenue. Many Worcesterites have lived their whole lives without driving this 1.5 mile long street, because it’s a terrible dirt road. If it were paved then everyone and their mother would be using it to avoid Webster Square, because it brings you from Mill Street to Worcester’s most pothole ridden road – Wildwood Ave. So let’s explore Swan Ave in today’s Wonders of the Woo, and find out why it’s Worcester’s go to destination for destroying evidence and discarding trash.
The whole area between Goddard Memorial Drive and Mill Street is a huge wooded area. But there’s tons of random homes in there that you’d never know existed. It’s all part of Worcester’s biggest hill – Airport Hill. It starts off down near the old Mill Swan Elementary School:
And ends up here on Wildwood:
The road starts off smoothly
But as you go up it turns into some backwoods country road that will make you say – “this is Worcester?”
Once you get to the Williamsburg projects the road swings to the right and gets very narrow.
This is where you wanna go to drop a body. You’ll see a random gate that would bring you over towards Fourth Street.
This might look like a good place to burn a car or some other evidence, but you still need to go up more until you get to this random little drop off point where Williamsburg’s finest toss their trash and unregistered vehicles:
You can find some real treasures here, such as mattresses, VHS tapes (remember VHS tapes)
Pillows, trash, paint cans
Anything made of wood
And if you’ve ever asked yourself, “What am I supposed to do with my old computer when I get a new one?”, the answer is apparently, toss it on Swan Ave.
Honestly, this torched vehicle is far from the first to be set on fire on Swan Ave. Ask anyone who lives over on one of Passway’s 3-6 knows that fires aren’t exactly a rare occurrence. I’ve gone up and down this street plenty of times before and there’s always a new collection of trash or charcoal Corollas no matter the season.
It’s too bad because the place really is one of Worcester’s hidden gems.
Once you get to the top of the hill there’s a hiking trail that will bring you alongside these big ass cliffs for a couple of miles before dumping you off at Logan Field on Mill Street.
But Swan Road ends up going to the left where it might look nice from time to time
But whenever there’s a pullover spot you will pretty much be guaranteed to find more piles of trash
It was right around here somewhere that the found the dead body in the car last week. Oh yea, and what kind of savage throws out a perfectly good VHS of Varsity Blues?
Probably the same nudnik that won this award back in ought one
Finally it drops you off onto Wildwood Ave with some may argue is actually in worse condition than Swan Ave.
Here’s my question for the city of Worcester – is Swan Ave a real street that we’re supposed to care about, or is it just a place to destroy evidence and get rid of appliances? Inquiring minds want to know. Hey Jumpin’ Joe Petty, get off your ass and have someone pick this shit up!!
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