Jimmy Atchue isn't worried about rumors spreading through the community that the City Council is set to ban panhandling in the coming weeks, and he has compelling evidence. "That will never happen. It's like whores, it's been around for years," he says, referencing the adage that prostitution is the oldest job in human history. "They can't get rid of it; they can't get rid of me."
Putting the public back into public health
The recent upholding of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has fanned controversy over who should pay for those who cannot afford health care and whether it is constitutional for the government to mandate coverage for everyone. Yet during this time, Worcester is in the process of creating a modernday plan to improve quality of life for its citizens with a goal of making it the healthiest city in New England by 2020.
Northern Main Street is continuing its face lift. The area, once home to old mill buildings, has been undergoing a transition over the past 10 years into a land of entrepreneurship and residence. The most recent development is the renovation of the old Worcester Vocational High School buildings into mixed-income housing, that should be available for rent toward the end of 2013 or early 2014.
Route 9 bridge project won't be friendly to boaters
A planned three-year project to replace the 96-year-old Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge on Route 9 will inconvenience boaters on Lake Quinsigamond far more than motorists, according to planners. Much of the initial work will be done from barges on the water, meaning sailboats and other water vessels will be limited in their navigation under the bridge. That could have an effect on next month's 2012 U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships, which are scheduled to be held Aug. 9-12.