Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
This article has probably been making the rounds via email and Twitter this morning, but it’s worth a link on our blog.
Back in February Globe columnist Brian McGrory, in the midst of a column-length dig at the MBTA and their timeliness problems, got in a shot at Worcester — something about wondering why anyone would be in a rush to come here. I’d give you the exact quote, but I was stopped by the paper’s paywall.
Anyway, Rick Rushton sent off an email to McGrory (initially without telling him he was a city councilor) and offered him a personalized tour of Worcester. Guess what McGrory wrote about for today:
So there I was, in the passenger seat of his SUV as he admired something I couldn’t see. All I noticed were potholes, warehouses, a transmission shop, and a sushi restaurant that looked like it took a wrong turn at the Centrum.
Rushton talked about the videogame initiative, the food, David Clark Co. and enlisted the help of UMass Chancellor Michael Collins and the optimism of Mayor Joe O’Brien. McGrory ladles on the sarcasm, but ends up with a nice farewell:
All right, Rick, you win. It’s all great — the people, the history, the whole grand metropolis that is Worcester.
(Also mentioned: Rushton described as “baby-faced” and a voicemail from Lt. Governor Tim Murray.)
Update: What was Rushton’s reaction?
Rushton says he sent McGrory an email this morning pointing out the snarkiness, but despite the editorial attitude, the headline “Wowed in Worcester” sends a message.
“I wasn’t going to get that declarative sentence: ‘Worcester is a city on the move,'” but he did like the line we highlighted above.
Meanwhile, Globe commenters are alternating between bashing Worcester, bashing McGrory and genuinely wanting to know where to go and what to do here. Give ’em tips.