Worcester’s Overhyped Renaissance

Full and original article posted on Worcester Business Journal

Long caught in Boston’s shadow and for decades trying to forge a new reputation for itself, Worcester is eager to find reasons to tout its economic progress – even if it is just a new restaurant or construction project start.

But the hype around Worcester can belie what economic results show.

Metro Worcester’s growth and prosperity compared to the 10 closest-sized regions by population nationally can temper the heightened talk of Greater Worcester’s full-blown renaissance, according to a Worcester Business Journal analysis of 28 indicators of the economy and quality of life.

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