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Holy Cross Professor of economics Victor Matheson talks about how the city of Worcester has gone about funding Polar Park.

Holy Cross Professor of economics Victor Matheson talks about how the city of Worcester has gone about funding Polar Park.

Holy Cross Professor of economics Victor Matheson is an expert in sports economics. He talks about how the city of Worcester has gone about funding Polar Park. Matheson says cities do not make their money back on building ballparks. He readily admits Polar Park is a fantastic ballpark and is wildly popular in these first few seasons. Matheson says the tax increment district around the park is not paying for the park as of now. Matheson argues that much of the economic revitalization around Polar Park was happening already or was likely to happen. So how much is just relocating what economic activity was already happening in the city? Has Polar Park actually super-charged anything? He says Worcester has enough money to pay for the park but asks if building the park was the best use of the money generated from the district around the ballpark. Matheson does admit their are intangibles and that he is a fan of ballparks, ballparks that are privately financed.

The panel talked about the Worcester PD in the wake of the Tyre Nichols video. Further reforms for the department? Defund movement was politically active in the city.

The panel talked about the Worcester PD in the wake of the Tyre Nichols video. Further reforms for the department? Defund movement was politically active in the city.

The panel talked about the Worcester PD in the wake of the Tyre Nichols video. Further reforms for the department? Defund movement was politically active in the city. Will they make a comeback? Comments made at the Tyre Nichols vigil.
Some continued push back on the homeless shelter at Blessed Sacrament Church. Different models being discussed in Worcester to address the homeless problem. Pallet Housing, Housing First and more. Worcester is seeing growth other cities are not. How do we address affordable, market rate, luxury housing -all of which is needed?

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Fred Taylor, President Worcester Chapter NAACP, spoke with us after the release of the Tyre Nichols video.

Fred Taylor, President Worcester Chapter NAACP, spoke with us after the release of the Tyre Nichols video.

Fred Taylor, President Worcester Chapter NAACP, spoke with us after the release of the Tyre Nichols video. Five Memphis police officers have been charged with Nichols murder. Taylor said a civilian review board with subpoena power is needed and he favors getting rid of qualified immunity. He said enough about the excuses over body cameras. We need those body and dash board cameras yesterday. Taylor said he will continue to speak with City Councilors and hopes to have an honest conversation with the City Manager and Chief of Police.

Worcester City Manager Eric Batista talks about the development around Polar Park and explains how the city is paying for the project.

Worcester City Manager Eric Batista talks about the development around Polar Park and explains how the city is paying for the project.

Worcester City Manager Eric Batista talks about the development around Polar Park and explains how the city is paying for the project. The City Manager is adamant that the city is able to pay for Polar Park. Worcester created a District Improvement Finance area around the ballpark. Money generated in that DIF District are applied to the park and that revenue offsets the debt within the ballpark. It does not pull away from taxes in other areas of the city.

Diane Casey Luong with Abby Waltz

Diane Casey Luong with Abby Waltz

Diane Casey Luong speaks with National Director Abby Waltz and Diane’s over $100,000 in rewards delivered to community heroes.

Joy Guru Humanitarian Services Event

Joy Guru Humanitarian Services Event

Save the Date! June 3rd at Mechanics Hall will see some of the world's greatest musicians in concert to benefit Joy Guru Humanitarian Services. The Raag Raagini Concert will fill Mechanics Hall with classical Indian music featuring the world's foremost sitar player....

Inside Mechanics Hall – Inside the Portraits Project

Inside Mechanics Hall – Inside the Portraits Project

Photo - Kill the Ball Media Big doings at Mechanics Hall for the holidays. The Cara Brindisi "Snow Globe Holiday Tour" arrives on December 21st. Comedian Bob Marley has added a third show as he comes to Mechanics Hall on the 28th and 30th. Mechanics Hall Executive...

Spread the Love – Katie Talks About Matt Bruce

Spread the Love – Katie Talks About Matt Bruce

Matt Bruce was a young man who loved life and although he passed away in 2014 less than a year after being diagnosed with ALS he continues to be an inspiration to those who knew him. He had an indomitable spirit and lived life to the fullest, traveling, going to sporting events, spending time with family right up until the very end. His brother AJ and sister Lauren join Katie Benison Camell on the Spread the Love podcast and tell his story.

Saint Gobain and the WBDC

Saint Gobain and the WBDC

We throw around words like transformative too easily but in this case it is accurate. The deal between Saint Gobain and the WBDC that sees 51 acres, half of the campus being transferred, is truly transformative and historic. Craig Blais, President WBDC, and Patrick...

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