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The Research Bureau was pleased to support the City of Worcester’s Community Dialogues on Race by crafting issue-specific briefs to generate conversation among participants. The following briefs were distributed at the series of public discussions held in May and June 2015 designed to strengthen Worcester’s sense of community and commitment to eliminate racism.

Bureau Brief—The Changing City—Starting a Conversation

As a Massachusetts “Gateway City,” Worcester has welcomed residents from diverse backgrounds for decades. Prior to 1950, most new residents were born in or descended from European countries. Since 1950, the city began to attract greater numbers of residents from South America, Africa, and Asia. How has the face of Worcester changed over the last few decades? How has civic life changed as a result of the influx of new cultures? Or has it?

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