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Holy Cross Professor and Alumnus Featured in MassLive.com as New ‘Worcesterites’

MassLive.com
June 20th, 2018 by 
Class of 2020 students in the Odyssey program participate in a scavenger hunt on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester.

Tom Rettig

Worcester is in the midst of a renaissance, with the construction of new hotels, apartments and the transformation of its downtown area. The city’s developing arts and restaurant scene are just some of the attractions its new residents point to.

In a recent MassLive.com article, new ‘Worcesterites’ such as Holy Cross alumnus Che Anderson ’11 and Denis Kennedy, assistant professor of political science, were asked for their views on the city.

Anderson, now a project manager for the City of Worcester, has immersed himself in the city since his days as a Holy Cross student. He was one of the organizers of the POW! WOW! Worcester 10-day mural festival in 2016, and that same year was named one of the Worcester Business Journal’s “Central Massachusetts Power Players” and Worcester Magazine’s “Person of the Year.”

“I knew there was a group of people that were established and doing things but there was also this group I go to meet really quickly of young people that wanted to do cool thing and take a city that was already kind of fun and interesting and raw and make it even better,” said Anderson, a native of New York City. “I think I got into Worcester at a very special time.”

Kennedy moved to Worcester with his young family five years ago, drawn by the city’s architecture, affordability and diversity. Since then, he’s been involved in its dynamic civic life and has been appreciating the transformation of the city’s downtown.

“The downtown is symbolic of the city, so I very strongly believe that what’s happening downtown is important for the vitality of the entire city,” Kennedy said.

To read the full article, go to MassLive.com.

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