Economy

It’s Woo everything in Worcester

It’s Woo everything in Worcester

Lucchino may not be convinced, but now there’s Woo Ha Ha!

At the press conference last month announcing the Pawsox would be moving to Worcester, the team’s chairman, Larry Lucchino, didn’t sound like he was a fan of WooSox as the club’s new nickname. Even though Minor League Baseball trademarked WooSox, Lucchino insisted the club’s name hadn’t been decided yet. When someone in the crowd shouted(...)

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It’s Woo everything in Worcester

At the press conference last month announcing the Pawsox would be moving to Worcester, the team’s chairman, Larry Lucchino, didn’t sound like he was a fan of WooSox as the club’s new nickname. Even though Minor League Baseball trademarked WooSox, Lucchino insisted the club’s name hadn’t been decided yet. When someone in the crowd shouted(...)

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Draft lease sheds light on Kraft soccer plans

Draft lease sheds light on Kraft soccer plans

Dorchester deal included new stadium, mitigation, rent

BOB KRAFT DIDN’T ASK for any government subsidies when he sought to build a soccer stadium on the former site of the Bayside Exposition Center in Dorchester’s Columbia Point neighborhood in 2017.  The deal ultimately fell apart due to neighborhood opposition and an inability to negotiate the purchase of an adjacent land parcel. Kraft issued a(...)

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Hey, college presidents, speak up!

Hey, college presidents, speak up!

University heads protect their coffers by avoiding big issues

COLLEGE PRESIDENTS HAVE long used the bully pulpit that comes with their office to shape public opinion. That is, until now. Today, college leaders remain silent, having turned their sights inward to their own campuses. Their desire to avoid any press has diminished their moral authority and role as important thought leaders. In the past,(...)

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National Grid lockout of 1,200 workers drags on

National Grid lockout of 1,200 workers drags on

With hookups delays, some buildings not opening on time

As the National Grid lockout of 1,200 gas workers nears two months, there is growing pressure on the company by local officials to end the impasse. But there doesn’t seem to be much awareness by the general public of what’s happening, mostly because warm weather means low demand for natural gas. Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch is(...)

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Triple-A duel: Zimbalist vs. Matheson

Triple-A duel: Zimbalist vs. Matheson

Economists argue the merits of Worcester’s minor league stadium

ANDREW ZIMBALIST HAS made a name for himself as a leading critic of public spending on private sports enterprises. The Smith College economist has long been one of the most prominent voices of skepticism about publicly financed sports stadiums, and Zimbalist was outspoken on what he considered the folly of Boston’s pursuit of the 2024(...)

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Club to pay $36m toward $86m stadium

Club to pay $36m toward $86m stadium

Most of money is in lease payments of $1m/year for 30 years

THE CITY OF WORCESTER is building a new $86 million stadium for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate and charging the team roughly $36 million – two separate $3 million payments at the end of 2019 and 2020 and roughly $1 million a year in lease and tax payments spread out over 30 years. The(...)

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Worcester lands the PawSox

Worcester lands the PawSox

City to build publicly-owned Polar Park as part of $340m development

IN A COUP THAT WAS three years in the making, Worcester officials were able to woo the owners of the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox to move the team into a to-be-built publicly owned and financed $90 million park that will be the cornerstone of a $340 million major redevelopment in the Gateway City. “Aren’t you(...)

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Get ready to cheer for the Woosox

Get ready to cheer for the Woosox

Up-and-coming Gateway City hopes to land Red Sox affiliate

WORCESTER, a Gateway City on its way up, appears poised to spend some of its hard-won capital to land the Red Sox triple-A affiliate, which will be nicknamed the Woosox. Team and city officials aren’t saying anything, but they have scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon at City Hall to announce the deal. Worcester(...)

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Get ready to cheer for the Woosox

Worcester, a Gateway City on its way up, appears poised to spend some of its hard-won capital to land the Red Sox triple-A affiliate, which will be nicknamed the Woosox. Team and city officials aren’t saying anything, but they have scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon at City Hall to announce the deal. Worcester(...)

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