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John Giangregorio, Kyla Pacheco and Paul Dell'Aquila on making Worcester's economic development healthy and sustainable for all people (Encore Episode)

Photo of Kyla Pacheo, John Giangregorio & Paul Dell'Aquila
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of ‘The Business Beat,’ Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews John Giangregorio, a Worcester businessman and community organizer in the Worcester Canal District, Paul Dell’Aquila, an organizer for Jane Jacobs in the Woo, and Kyla Pacheco, co-founder of Action! Worcester. They talk about who Jane Jacobs was – and why Worcester should celebrate her 100th birthday. This episode aired originally on April 9, 2017.

As Joyce Mandell, author of the blog Jane Jacobs in the Woo, observes, “Worcester’s urban-development agenda since the 1960s’ urban-renewal craze has been based on two major fallacies: 1) that historic buildings such as Notre Dame serve as an impediment to economic progress; and 2) fuzzy-headed nostalgia (not economic rationalization) drives the work of historic preservation.”

Joyce Mandell continues: “Smart cities know the real truth: that adaptive reuse of historic buildings makes dollars and sense – and translates into tangible economic benefits: job creation, increase in tourism, resource-cost savings, downtown revitalization, niche-business incubation, and community-branding opportunities.”
In her blog, Joyce Mandell cites the famous urban theorist Jane Jacobs, who noted, - “Cities need old buildings so badly, it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them.”

On May 2 through 7, Jane Jacobs in the Woo along with several other groups with a mission and passion for a healthy, sustainable and profitable Worcester for all people – not just the rich – will celebrate Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, which was on May 4, 2016.

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