I understand why we want more city employees to live in the City of Worcester, but it really goes beyond that. We want people, who make money to want to live in the City of Worcester, whether they work for the municipality or not. Creating an incentive for one group of people really does not make alot of sense and it will not work.
We need to focus on why people who have chosen not live in the City of Worcester, no matter who they work for, and change it. Ironically we are working on that right now with RKG on a new Housing Policy that should be ready in the fall.
The current Housing Policy which has seen approximately 100,000,000 million invested into low income housing in the inner-core of the City of Worcester has not worked as evidenced by these numbers. We need to stop all of these development projects and focus on giving incentives to developers to build market rate housing in the City of Worcester. I really like the over-used term "build it and they will come."
The upcoming new Housing Policy that will be done by RKG in the fall will most likely emphasize the need for market rate housing and to pull back on the CDC's developing low income housing. The push-back from the developers (CDC's) of these low income projects will be huge.
Rather then creating incentives, I say lets listen to RKG this time?