Batista’s state of the city address: ‘Housing is No. 1 priority’

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WORCESTER—Worcester continues to grow, adding an estimated 1,100 residents since the 2020 Census, to boost the population in New England’s second-largest city to 207,621.

For that growth to continue, more housing and jobs are needed, City Manager Eric D. Batista said during his first State of the City Address Wednesday night at the Jean McDonough Arts Center.

“Right now, housing is the No. 1 priority,” he said in response to a question from the Worcester Guardian after his 37-minute address. “We need to provide more supply, we need to produce more units.”

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