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At 175,898, Worcester is Massachusetts' second largest city and located about 43 miles west of Boston. It was actually a little grittier than I expected, but, like most cities I've seen in Mass, a lot of old buildings kept in relatively good shape. Enjoy.
One more stop to go...
Yes, that train station is astonishing!! I had no knowledge of it and about stopped my car in the street when I saw it. I think I may even rushed walking through downtown just to get over to it (since it was threatening rain). But, Worcester was definitely cool.
Thanks for the comments. Worcester's train station is more than impressive but it makes it more of a shame that the building is in such a pedestrian unfriendly location.
that is the best description i've heard and so true. it's even pedestrian unfriendly inside! and if you were looking to grab a bite to eat in a small restaurant you'll have to have a candy bar from a vending machine. i had gone by Union Station many times until i finally decided to check it out and while beautifully restored it is really nondescript inside and with not much to offer
Worcester has some extraordinary gems, which exist alongside some forlorn modernist crap. That building with the faded Home Federal Savings signage is particularly poignant. Many of us are probably impressed by a 20 story box clad in cheap materials and devoid of any redeeming ornamentation or architectural flair. But the damage here is not to our aesthetic sensibilities. It's also to the life of the city at street level. You look at this city or virtually any other medium-sized city in America and see great bones and horrifying post-war excrescences like the sterile plaze/high-rise combo, the parking garage, and facades so inert a fungus would die of boredom. The sad news is that this ugliness is a long-term deficit that never gets paid off.