A Body of Evidence
Call it bold, ambitious, daring – the city's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), whose many goals and initiatives will be rolled out in stages over the next several years, is the first of its kind in the state. Its chief ambition? Nothing less than making Worcester the healthiest city in New England by 2020. It is a lofty goal; calling it daunting would be an understatement. Health officials and the dozens of community partners that helped craft, shape and design this unique and multi-faceted approach to improving the city's overall health know the task before them is monumental.
The $100 million-plus expansion of the CSX rail yard is bringing more trains to the city, but some residents along Lake Ave. see nothing more than a giant headache rolling down the tracks. According to Michelle Rennie, the headaches have been around for a while and she worries they're about to get a whole lot worse.
New city ordinances banning socalled aggressive panhandling and ending the decades-old practice of "Tag Days" could cripple the fund-raising efforts of several local organizations. At the same time, there is no guarantee panhandlers will abandon their spots in the middle of roads on medians – or that police are even equipped to enforce the new regulations.