By Rosalie Tirella
We don’t know how this will shake out legally, but we say way YES! to City of Worcester employees being mandated to live in the city of Worcester. Will the unions stand for this? No. Will the city administration stand for this, if they are filling an upper-echelon job like school superintendent and have their sights set on a a great employee in LA? Nope. And in cases like that, we should be casting a WIDE net.
But if it’s a middle of the road municipal job, a job where you’re a cog in the wheel or you’re supervising other cogs, then YES! If you make 40 K, 50 K, 60 K or more, plus benefits, plus a very generous pension plan working for the City of Worcester, then hitch your wagon to our urban star! We wanna take you higher!!! LIVE HERE! MOVE HERE! We want you, we need you! We covet you, you middle class person! We want your tax dollars! We want your (most likely) sane ways and stable family life and expendable income! We want you gardening! We want you spending money in our restaurants! We want you in our museums and at our concerts!
It really isn’t so bad here! We have great homes (gorgeous Tudors, so much more) in the West Side, Burncoat area, Sunderland Road area, Rice Square area, Greendale neighborhood, etc. And we have cool apartments and condos sprinkled throughout our urban core. There are a million safe places to live in Worcester – and raise a family. Our schools are great if you really wanna work the system to squeeze out the best education ever for your kids! AND: Why not get funky in the city and experience all the diversity of a big city in a medium-sized city with so much green space it will always feel like a very big town?
At first folks will balk. Let them! If they quit their city jobs or refuse their city job offers, let them go. It will only get us so much closer to the employee and job candidate who sees we’re special and wants to be a part of the, dare I write it?, Worcester MAGIC.
We wanna take you higher!!!