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Earlier this month, the Worcester Planning Board approved a plan by Roseland Residential Trust to tear down the Notre Dame des Canadiens church in favor of a $30-million residential complex, all but dashing the hopes of the church's long-time supporters who believe the facility is an important part of the city's cultural heritage, despite being unoccupied for years.
What is the best way for a city to maintain a unique identity?
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08/11/17 AT 01:01 PM
Renovate and use for other purposes.

08/11/17 AT 01:01 PM
Remember the city's industrial growth and strong impact to history. Going along with a previous poll, old buildings should remain with intentions of repair. The construction of the new buildings in the city, specifically the downtown area, do not have a strong result outlook. The same is said for restaurants and businesses. With the new influx of creative space openings, before we start promoting a new available space, let's support the still growing organizations until they're successful enough to need a new organization to begin.

08/11/17 AT 01:01 PM
Replace unused only if redevelopment is not possible or reasonable.

08/11/17 AT 01:01 PM
Regarding historic buildings - I think this poll should allow readers to vote for a blend of keeping historic buildings which are not in structural peril standing, but allow new uses and investment. In the case of the Notre Dame church, I don't believe there is an investor standing by who would be willing or able to afford the rehab on that gigantic structure and also repurpose it for a current use. It's literally tipping and crumbling before our eyes. Some times there are safety issues and limits to what is affordable or possible and we must accept that.

08/11/17 AT 01:01 PM
There's a reason Notre Dame des Canadiens church is empty. Times change. Holding on to everything historical is pointless when the souls have left the building. Let it go. Let something new take its place. Embrace the future.

08/11/17 AT 01:01 PM
Cultural diversity and a vibrant arts scene makes one area more attractive than another to work and live. It's hard work to create and keep that scene going. The fact that we have cultural pieces of art around the city in the form of our buildings is a blessing. The fact that there is even a discussion about destroying visual and tangible art is disturbing, and should not continue. We need vision in the city to change the dialog from we can't to we can before we lose another one.

08/11/17 AT 01:01 PM
It's hard to pick one of these four things; they are all necessary. A city like Worcester needs new buildings, like the ones being built where the horrible old Galleria used to be. However, we also need to try to keep the actually historic buildings standing, embrace cultural diversity, and (further) develop the arts scene.
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