Welcome to 'Worm Town,' as locals affectionately call their city. A wealthy manufacturing center during the industrial revolution (the place invented and produced barbed wire, the modern envelope and more), Worcester has struggled mightily since factories began shutting down after WWII, with scant urban renewal victories in recent years. Nonetheless, the city's nine small colleges inject youth and creativity, though the best draw might be the numerous historic diners that have slung blue-collar eggs for generations.
Main St, four blocks west of I-290, is the central drag. The rest of the city sprawls in a confusing mess of streets, and a map will greatly help exploration efforts.