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Our real world-class city: Worcester, not Boston, Worcester says

Worcester Magazine recaps yesterday's Worcester City Council meeting, which included some in-your-face'ing towards Boston because the Worcester Public Health Division is the first in the state to receive accreditation by a national public-health accrediting board:

Toomey: I know everybody wants to say congratulations to a world-class team from a world-class city.

Rosen: This is yuuge. I heard the Boston City Council met last week, and with over 1,000 employees - we have 23 - they have a huge budget, we have a small budget – and they tried to get this, and couldn’t. Boston is envious of the city of Worcester, as they should be.

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Bahahaha.

Worcester is a dump.

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It's a small city. They're proud their municipal govt has accomplished something that a nearby, much larger city has as yet been unable to do.

Stop being a jackass and give them their due. You don't like Worchester? Don't go there. I'm sure I wouldn't care for the way you've decorated your mom's basement either.

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"Don't like it? Don't go there." We can't go there any less than we already don't.

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I'm sure those 23 upthumbers (at last count) feel just oh-so-cool living in Boston.

Funny thing is, if someone called Dorchester/Eastie/Roxbury/Chelsea/etc. a dump, they'd get chastised.

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Chelsea isn't a part of Boston.

And it's a dump too.

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Chelsea isn't a part of Boston

Didn't say it was

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What's the Godwin's Law equivalent of suggesting someone lives in their parents basement?

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....and I love Worcester! You and you're horde of upvoters just stay outta Worm-town and leave the fun to the rest of us m'kay?

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Adorable!

(h/t Elmer)

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Reminds me of when suburbanites try to compare Boston to real world class cities like LA, London, Singapore, Zurich, Hong Kong, NYC, Paris...

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Except that's not the best comp. If you're measuring world economic impact...

GDP-
Worcester: $30B
Boston: $382B

That's a difference of 12.7x.

NYC GDP: 1.3 trillion. That's 3.4x.

Comparing Worcester to Boston is like comparing, say, Kansas City to NYC.

In conclusion, Libya is a land of contrast and Worcesterites comparing their city to Boston is 373% more crazy than Bostonians comparing their city to NYC.

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Based on a cursory slapdash Internet search, the $382B Boston one seems to include all of the Metro area. Which for all I know includes Worcester.

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Hong Kong is fun for a visit but but if I had to live in either Hong Kong or Worcester with a gun to my head I'd have trouble picking.

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Well, the Global City Competitiveness Index (http://www.economistinsights.com/sites/default/files/downloads/Hot%20Spo...) has us at #10 in the world, Brookings has us at #7 in per capital GDP (http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2015/01/22-globa...), and the A.T. Kearney Global Cities Outlook projects us to #3 in the world.

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Is this some place in the Berkshires?

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a lot of people from New York go to the Berkshires for the summer, or for concerts at Tanglewood, and a lot of the people who reside out in the far western part of Massachusetts and the Berkshires go to NYC, etc. for shopping or whatever.

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for Coney Island hot dogs. But WuBurger opened in Woburn, has another shop on the way in Inman Square, and does a nice Coney dog. Haven't been to Worcester lately.

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...is nice. Other than that, smoking crater.

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Yeah, you can get Hill Farmstead on draft at Armsby Abbey. You can't get in in Boston. About the only reason I have for visiting Worcester.

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my tastes run a little less industrial these days. The shows I remember most vividly there include Ministry, Skinny Puppy and Portishead.

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Perpetual Little Brother Syndrome. These desperate searches for attention and validation are common from Wormtown.

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I wouldn't even call it the little brother. Providence is our little brother.

Worcester is the weird distant cousin born of Lannister incest.

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Should be a few Bostonians there for the NCAA Northeast regional hockey. Harvard, BC, Providence and Minnesota-Duluth.

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Indeed, I will be there. I'm a BU fan who can't make it to St. Paul, but I have Friday off and will take the train to Worcester to catch the games there. This is literally the only reason I ever go to that city, every two or three years to watch the NCAA hockey regionals. Yes, it's Worcester, but for this it's a great location.

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I heard someone from a Worcester economic development office of some sort on the radio recently touting how Worcester wants to expand its Food Truck program, noting how innovative a city it is.

Adjusting regulations to support Food trucks would indeed be innovative, if this was 2013...

* I'm personally not even a huge fan of the Food Truck fad. And I think Worcester is fine for what it is. But I still had to laugh that someone finds this super-innovative.

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the food truck thing's been goin on for a few years here, yet we can't get one in Charlestown on Rutherford Ave or in the industrial park where your options for food are a 20 minute drive and try to park situation, a T- ride or the canteen, or "gut trucks," that roll through with their slop. I know of probably a half dozen other areas in Boston that could use food trucks and do not have them, and it's not due to trucks not wanting to go to these places, It's due to the city's permiting process and the locations they have deemed worthy of mobile kitchens. Boston still has a ways to go to "innovate" in the food truck area.

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I can understand why many cities and towns don't have any interest in dropping between $12,000 and $95,000 depending on the size of the town for the 5-yr certification. That's a big chunk of change for many town budgets.

http://www.phaboard.org/accreditation-overview/what-does-it-cost/

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