As the second largest city in New England, Worcester, Massachusetts, boasts a population of 181,045 (2010 Census). Worcester is known as the “Heart of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts” due to its location in the center of the state and its easy proximity to other major cities such as Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut. Worcester has been a city of many “firsts” – first mass produced Valentine’s Day cards, first candlepin bowling, first monkey wrench, David Clark Company’s first pressurized space suits, Harvey Ball’s famous yellow smiley face, Robert Goddard’s development of the liquid fueled rocket first launched in adjacent Auburn, the first National Women’s Rights Convention held in 1850 and even the place where shredded wheat originated.
In honor of Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday in May 2016, “Jane Jacobs in the Woo” was founded to initiate a year of conversations and actions to build a more vibrant Worcester. Come out and experience Worcester with “Jane Jacobs in the Woo"! Jane Week (May 1 - 7, 2017) gives Worcester residents and visitors a chance to connect to each other, explore Worcester by foot and participate in interesting discussions on how we can enhance the design and function of our city.