West Boylston St. sidewalk in Worcester

A Walk Audit of Worcester

If Worcester has ambitions to become a more walkable, transit-oriented city, streets like West Boylston Street in the city’s Indian Lake neighborhood – a bit over a mile north of downtown – present a major obstacle. West Boylston Street was historically the main road leading north of the city towards its eponymous suburb. Then, in […]
The newly rebuilt Kelley Square from above, pictured in early 2021. Photo courtesy of MassDOT.

Eyes On the Street: I Survived Worcester’s New Kelley Square

When the StreetsblogMASS website launched in the spring of 2019, one of the original three stories on the home page was about Worcester’s Kelley Square, and a MassDOT plan to completely rebuild the seven-way intersection with a peanut-shaped roundabout. Two years later, that project (pictured above) is mostly complete. This past winter, I took my […]
Worcester City Hall and the newly rebuilt Main Street, pictured in December 2020.

It’s Worcester Week on StreetsblogMASS

We’re focusing our coverage this week on Worcester, New England’s second-biggest city. After decades of destructive urban renewal schemes, Worcester can be a challenging place to get around for people who don’t own a car. Compared to the rest of Massachusetts, Worcester has higher-than-average rates of injury-causing crashes, and lower rates of transit ridership. Which […]