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Battling perceptions, Worcester may be moving from ‘gritty mill town’ to ‘up and coming’

Full and original article posted on Telegram.com

In the 1980s, when The New York Times called Worcester a “gritty central Massachusetts mill town,” it wasn’t the first time – or the last – that the city’s image was slammed.

Less-than-flattering perceptions have lingered among residents as well as outsiders through false starts and development disappointments.

The scorn – or inferiority complex? – may be undeserved, when one looks at data on economic development and quality-of-life factors. Yet turning around naysayers can be a challenge.

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