Worcester MA: Steampunk City
I'm starting to get a sense of my new home in Worcester MA, that it's a Steampunk City. I tend to romanticize the places I live, but I never intended to romanticize Worcester. In fact, my plan was to ignore it completely. But I can't help it I guess.
Worcester MA was built post Civil War, 1870 to 1920, the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The bones of the city are laid out like a Victorian industrial city, something like Liverpool or Manchester. It has the steampunk charm of that industrial era. Densely built, with huge factories and triple decker housing for immigrant workers, and freight rails running through the center. Its steampunk era design is unmistakable, if you step back and look at it as a whole. But no one has ever described Worcester this way. What if we got rid of all the cars and ran everything on renewable electricity? Solar Punk City! That's my vision of Worcester MA.
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