Earlier this week, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau released “Bureau Brief – Urban Design” – a look at Worcester’s development projects and structural models to incorporate urban design in the city’s development.

Worcester Research Bureau Releases Urban Design Brief 1

The four page brief defines Urban Design, explores Worcester’s streetscape policy and design guidelines, and looks at how other municipalities -Boston, Cambridge and Northampton – approach urban design.

“A defined identity has helped Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street and Canal District to become destinations not only for Worcester residents but for visitors and new businesses. Yet Worcester’s urban design effort is not buttressed
by a regulatory framework and therefore implementation is weak,” the report states, before calling for the implementation of a clear design policy and expectations to encourage developers to design buildings that meet the city’s needs.

For the full report, click here: Bureau Brief – Urban Design.

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