March 5, 2011. Yes, part of the fence is now missing.
Paulie notes that the T&G will be running an investigative story on the vacant lot on Mason Street this Sunday. I thought I’d collect some photos in one place.
Update: Here’s the T&G article.
Institutional Linens, the industrial laundry that once occupied the lot, was vacant for years by the time I moved to Worcester. One of the neighbors, Catholic Worker Scott Schaeffer-Duffy, painted murals on the boarded-up windows, paying tribute to some noted American peacemakers.
This photo of Scott and his murals was from teresians.org, but is no longer on their site. Murals are MLK, Dorothy Day, Sojourner Truth, Thoreau, and Peter Maurin. Originally blogged at Pie and Coffee.
On Valentine’s Day 2006, a demolition ceremony was held. City officials made speeches.
At the Institutional Linens demolition party. Left to right: Dennis Hennessy, Director of the City Manager’s Office of Neighborhood Development; Scott Schaeffer-Duffy, then a neighborhood resident for 19 years; Rev. Gene Dyer, then a neighborhood resident for almost 40 years. Photo by Kevin Ksen.
Within a week, demolition was done. I posted these photos on February 23, 2006.
The bottom, for comparison, is March 5, 2011.
Imagining the Future
Claire Schaeffer-Duffy wrote a history of Mason Court, the cul-de-sac adjacent to her house. The plan for the Mason-Winfield Lot has been a parallel cul-de-sac, just a house or two down from the Court.
Illegal Dumping on a Large Scale
Kevin Ksen, Indymedia, 2007:
This past week the City of Worcester’s Department of Health and Human Services stepped in and shut-down the illegal earthmoving and sandpit operation which Consigli Construction had been conducting on Mason Street.