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letters | Revitalizing Worcester

City deserves plaudits for rising above fiscal woes

Officials gathered at the groundbreaking for the future site of CitySquare in Worcester.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/File 2010

Officials gathered at the groundbreaking for the future site of CitySquare in Worcester.

I was disappointed with Lonnie Shekhtman’s article chronicling development efforts in Worcester (“Worcester’s revival proving elusive,” Business, Oct. 15), because it failed to recognize that the city’s revitalization is a work in progress that has come a long way and has only just begun. We have much to celebrate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Worcester is an example.

As a former resident of Worcester County, and as a business leader in Worcester for a decade, I can say firsthand that the city deserves congratulations for remaining committed to its strategic redevelopment plan even through the deepest economic recession in decades. When the times got tough, Worcester refused to let the CitySquare project wither. Instead, its leadership negotiated continued development by working with Berkeley Development Group and Hanover Insurance.

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The downtown is thriving. Green and Shrewsbury streets have become destinations where in-towners and out-of-towners visit for great restaurants and entertainment. In fact, few cities in our nation have weathered the economic crisis as well as Worcester.

Neighborhoods and districts transform over time, not overnight. In Massachusetts, we need to focus on the positive, on what we are doing well. Worcester continues to grow and prosper, and the commitment of Worcester’s leadership, in both the public and private sectors, is worthy of our attention.

Eric H. Schultz


The writer is president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

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