Two messages are being parsed out of Worcester's gun-violence statistics since 2004. One, driven home by the police department and city officials, is that Worcester is a safe city with a homicide and gun-injury rate well below neighboring similarly sized cities like Springfield, Mass., Hartford, Conn., and Providence, R.I.
The Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center has two areas of their Pleasant Street office dedicated to tracking a number of fires that have burnt down buildings and tore through dumpsters over the past six months.
Green Walking Tour of Main South
Main South is being revamped and re-energized, in a very green way. Through several initiatives and projects, the neighborhood is leading the sustainable movement in Worcester. The Central Massachusetts chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) sponsored a half-mile walking tour of the green features of the area. More than 20 walkers, some architects and others just interested residents, showed up to learn more about the features in the neighborhood on the tour, which started at the Castle Hill Community Garden and ended on Kilby Street.
Worcester's Fight for the Future wages another battle
Last winter a small team of Worcesterites working out of a Home Street three-decker started working to upset the country's political order, mobilizing millions of people to contact their representatives in Congress and urge them to vote against two pieces of legislation opponents said took copyright law too far: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).