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While the narrative about Worcester's economic growth says the city and region have turned the corner, key indicators such as new housing starts, per capita GDP and population growth for the Worcester metropolitan region (which includes Worcester County and Windham County, Conn.) show the region is lagging behind similar metro areas, such as Fresno, Calif. and Albany, N.Y.
Is Worcester undergoing a true renaissance?
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05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
Opening a bunch of restaurants isn't economic growth. Its stupidity. People need affordable housing. NOT giant apartment buildings that are overpriced. Get real.

05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
The city and region needs to hold strong with its momentum, but a lot will also depend on how the state as a whole performs. Springfield and Boston are also on winning streaks. Let's all do it, together.

05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
Give me a break! Worcester and Renaissance are 2 words that won't ever go together... Wait! Maybe in a 1,000 years? Give it time and anything is possible...

05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
Worcester is a 3-decker, welfare magnet city full of people that create a 2-system, social-economic clash. It will always be that way and in perpetuity does not make a good marriage for a hopeful total-city renaissance. The city is old and requires too much money to bring it back except in a selected area such as downtown. This class separation will always be evident and will show up where the customers come from who could support Worcester's downtown economy. Go affordably slow and maybe in 100 years it can happen. .

05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
Almost there. Need a bold initiative in transportation to connect all the city has to offer with residents and the local college community.

05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
I have been in Worcester since 1975 and witnessed several prior 'renaissance' periods. But this one is different. This one is truly transformational. All of the planning and all of the build up and all of the prior foundational work has led us to this moment. It is real. We need to recognize it, embrace it for what it is and look to build upon it for the benefit of future generations of this City and the region.

05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
The residential tax rate vs. the non-residential tax rate must be rectified before the City loses any more good businesses - especially manufactureres.

05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
Not to be so negative about all the good things that have happened. I would base my biggest factor on economic growth on an increase in the tax bases in the city. There does not seem to be much substantiation to that. When real estate taxes can level off (or go down) for a period, that would be a good indication of a boom. The skyline has not changed in decades. Businesses mostly move around, no major employers moving into the city since the local commercial tax rate is so high.

05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
It has been disappointing that major employers have left the city. There needs to be a boost to the business economy to secure long term financial stability and growth.

05/30/18 AT 12:08 PM
Worcester is moving in the right direction.
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