Putting Jane Jacobs' Ideas into Action in Worcester, MA

I think what’s exciting about this city is it’s small enough and connected enough that you can join with other people to make a difference… I couldn’t make any difference if there weren’t other people joining together.
— Joyce Mandell

Joyce Mandell is a mom, community organizer, sociologist, community development specialist, and urban studies professor who has lived in Worcester, Massachusetts for over twenty years. She blogs at Jane Jacobs in the Woo where she looks at her city through the eyes of the famous urban activist. Chuck Marohn interviews Joyce to discuss the energy and community growth happening in Worcester, the fight against the impending destruction of a historic church in Worcester, and how her daily morning walk helps connect her with her neighborhood.

Check out Joyce's blog and read her entry in last year's Strongest Infrastructure Project contest.

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(Top image of historic Worcester. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)

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