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About Worcester

Worcester: New England's second-largest city is a robust, vibrant community located in the heart of the Commonwealth. A five-time recipient of the All- American City Award, Worcester combines the warmth of a small town with the conveniences of a thriving metropolis, offering residents affordable housing and quality public education, coupled with accessible transportation, trendy restaurants and shops, and exciting nightlife. Consistently named one of the top 10 cities for families, Worcester is a very livable city with a high quality of life.

A manufacturing and innovation giant for more than 200 years, Worcester's landscape blends impressive mills and diverse architecture with community-oriented neighborhoods, inviting green spaces, renowned colleges and unique cultural institutions. The City boasts one of the finest urban school systems in New England and is rated one of the safest communities in the country (with population of 100,000 or more). There are also great recreational amenities; the city maintains more than 1,215 acres of parkland, encompassing 53 parks and playgrounds, nine pools and five beaches. An admirable mix of old and new, Worcester is defined by eclectic neighborhoods with a range of housing stock - from historic, turn of the century homes to modern urban lofts.

Worcester’s Neighborhoods:

Downtown: The Heart of the City

  • Lincoln Square
  • Washington Square
  • Federal Square
  • Main Street
  • Crown Hill
  • Piedmont Street
  • Lower Pleasant Street
  • Lower Chandler Street
  • Lower Highland Street

In the midst of a dramatic renaissance, the downtown area offers a bustling business district, luxury condominiums, and dozens of arts and cultural amenities, including eateries and retail. It features the Worcester Art Museum which is the second largest art museum in New England and considered one of the finest mid-sized museums in the country, the premier DCU Center and Convention Center, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' Worcester campus, the renowned Mechanics Hall and the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, among many other attractions. Located in the center of all this vibrancy is City Square, which offers more than 2.2 million square feet of urban mixed-use development for upscale residences complemented by a collection of world-class retail, clubs and entertainment venues, as well as state-of-the-art professional, clinical and life science office space, and a new central plaza. Also located downtown is Worcester's historic Union Station, with convenient commuter rail service to Boston and daily Amtrak train service to Albany, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

East Side

  • Shrewsbury Street
  • Bell Hill
  • Grafton Hill
  • Union Hill
  • Hamilton Street
  • Plantation Street
  • Lake Park

Worcester's East Side is the heart and soul of its cultural diversity. Long the home of the hard-working men and women who operated Worcester's mills and factories, today the East Side boasts great restaurants, unique festivals, and a true spirit of community. Green Hill Park, Worcester's largest public park includes a municipal golf course and farm, and Broad Meadow Brook, a 500-acre Audubon Sanctuary for wildlife, offer oases of tranquility in this dense urban neighborhood. Also on the East Side is the EcoTarium, a unique indoor-outdoor science and nature museum and Shrewsbury Street, known for its vibrant restaurant row and home to the city's Fourth of July celebration and upscale eateries, taverns, diners, parades, festivals, and more.

West Side

  • Elm Park Area
  • Newton Square
  • Tatnuck Square
  • Salisbury Street
  • Beaver Brook Area
  • Columbus Park Area
  • Mill Street
  • Higher Pleasant Street
  • Parts of Park Avenue

The historic West Side boasts many of the city's turn-of-the-century homes, and includes the Montvale Historical District and the Salisbury Mansion, which is now open to the public for tours. The American Antiquarian Society houses the largest and most accessible collection of printed materials of our countries historical heritage and Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Assumption College also call this district home. The West side is also home to Elm Park, one of the first public parks in the country.

South Side

  • Main South
  • Webster Square
  • Hadwen Park Area
  • Quinsigamond Village
  • College Hill
  • Vernon Hill
  • Crompton Park Area
  • South Worcester/Cambridge Street

Home to the College of the Holy Cross and Clark University, South Worcester represents a unique mix of urban living, cultural diversity and campus life. Once the location of Worcester's great weaving industry, today South Worcester's many warehouses are being redeveloped into loft housing for Worcester's young professionals and artists while its triple-deckers are being renovated to provide new opportunities for Worcester's working class.

North Side

  • Greendale
  • Burncoat Street
  • Indian Hill
  • Indian Lake Area
  • North Lincoln
  • Summit

North Worcester is home to one of the city's most powerful vistas, and home of Saint-Gobain, one of the world's largest abrasives manufacturer. Gold Star Boulevard, a commercial tour-de-force winding its way through the city's northern reaches, offers something for everyone, including a day at the beach at beautiful Indian Lake or a night on the town with billiards.

Canal District

  • Green Island
  • Green Street
  • Kelley Square
  • Water Street
  • Millbury Street

One hundred years ago, the Blackstone Canal flowed through this neighborhood and was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. Today, this popular area is lined with eclectic restaurants, art galleries, trendy boutique shops and festivals like the Canal Festival, the Jazz Festival, the StArt on the Street Festival and the Farmers' Market.

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