Millbury Street – Worcester’s new homeless shelter

Text+photos by Rosalie Tirella

Just drove by Worcester City Hall. Wondering: Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus is leaving us before his contract ends. Why is that? I think this year and the next year and the decade even will be the years Worcester has to grapple with all the stuff Augustus wrought: a gentrified city … a city where locals can’t afford $2,500 monthly rents … A HOMELESS CRISIS ED CAN’T AND WON’T WRAP HIS BRAIN AROUND. The Canal District’s Millbury Street this past month. More homeless camp than business corridor. Heartbreaking.

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Millbury Street …

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Also: a majority minority city whose leaders refuse to treat as such. All our City Diversity Czars have quit in disgust. Now the usual way of Worcester bringing up the new city manager has changed – now that there’s a Latino guy who may actually head our city. The good old boys way was good enough for former Woo city manager Mike O’Brien and soon to depart Ed Augustus. The city gave lip service to a national search but had their boys already chosen …and groomed. Now with Mr. Batista, a Latino professional who’s worked in the upper echelons of City Hall for a decade and has an impressive city resume, a professional poised to be our next City Manager, everyone cries FOUL. LET’S STOP THIS NOW. Of course, the city leaders are freaking out: a minority city manager? Possibly coupled with a minority Worcester Public Schools superintendent? Coupled with new majority minority school voting districts? This is just too much for the old guard to digest.

But it’s the new Worcester reality. The Woo times, they are a changin’! I, for one, rejoice over these seismic shifts!!!

WE NEED EQUITY. FAIR PLAY. EQUALITY. NOT MORE B.S. FROM OUR CITY GOVERNMENT.