an opportunity ripe with business
and economic-development potential and, by engaging in negative, destructive
behavior, smoking it completely and absolutely.
Worcester, Massachusetts, with a population of 175,000 and a business/economic-development infrastructure platform capable
of supporting more than twice that many people, refuses to market its significant, valuable assets to the rest of the world
for economic-development purposes. As a result, Worcester's business-property tax base, which was 35% of its total tax base 20 years
ago, is now only 20%.