Monthly Archives: November 2011

State Rep. moving to 1396 Main Street

CBS Boston has the scoop:

“Would you like to live next door to that? I wouldn’t, and I do. I will,” said Rep. Binienda.

[emphasis added]

The Telegram also has

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a summary of yesterday’s meeting about the proposed SMOC homeless triage center at 1398 Main Street. Fox has some video as well.

Correspondence from the City Manager Pertaining to Laws, Statutes and Ordinances Governing the Use of Public Property/Space

Worcester’s City Manager responds to the City Council’s questions about use of public space in re Occupy Worcester. Full text in original PDF; first page below. Note that the City Solicitor is of the opinion that Lincoln Square is governed by park rules. To the non-lawyer, some sections of this are confusing, like the City Manager’s blanket statement that “Permits are required for park use.” If there’s anything worth noting in this letter, please add a comment below.
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City of Worcester vs.College Hill Properties LLC upheld on appeal

via Only in the Republic of Amherst:

our state Appeals Court today upheld (CITY OF WORCESTER vs.COLLEGE HILL PROPERTIES, LLC,) a Superior Court ruling enjoining landlords in Worcester from renting to more than 3 unrelated persons per house without a “lodging house” license, which requires an expensive sprinkler system in the premises.

The sagacious court found, “we have no doubt that four or more unrelated adults, sharing housing while attending college, is not an arrangement that lends itself to the formation of a stable and durable household.” Indeed.

Full ruling here.

Upgrading the local grid?

The recent/ongoing power outages outrage and confuse me. How is it that we still have systems that break when it snows?

John Robb: Resilient Energy: Municipalization of Power

“Municipalization” of anything doesn’t seem like a great idea to me, but “grid resilience” does.

This week’s 508 will be about the election results and the Occupy Worcester arrests; I’d like to spend a couple weeks after that obsessing about grid upgrade schemes.

City Council and School Committee video

If you’re like most Worcester residents, you’ve missed at least one debate.  Here’s another roundup of the video from debates (and other candidate-related video)…

School Committee debate sponsored by the Worcester Chamber of Commerce:

At-large Council debate sponsored by the Worcester Chamber of Commerce:

District Council debate sponsored by the Worcester Chamber of Commerce:

(updated, 11/4 at 2:08pm) Mayoral debate sponsored by the Worcester Chamber of Commerce:

Tony Economou ad:

Devin Coleman on the Clark News:

Steve Buchalter in non-blue-screen mode:

Eide in Commonweath Magazine

Stephen D. Eide, senior research associate at the WRRB, has an opinion piece in Commonwealth Magazine about civic engagement (or the lack thereof) in Worcester:

Lack of civic engagement may indicate simply a lack of civic pride. If we want to increase civic engagement in Worcester, we need to take seriously the possibility that until people feel more pride in their city, many will remain unmotivated to turn out on election day.

Worth reading for you Research Bureau completists (you know who you are).