Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


The political activism of the 25,000 Worcester college students has been rare given the potential power of numbers. Even on issues that directly affect them they exert no influence. This paper reports a case study of our effort to recruit students to attend a city wide charrette with a focus on Lincoln Square. Prior research indicates that the college students of Worcester want a gathering place and one proposal for the Memorial Auditorium dominating Lincoln Square is to make it a "College Crossroads". The East Highland Neighborhood Association supports this proposal for the Auditorium and sponsored our effort to determine if the students will mobilize for this cause. We also assessed support for several other uses of the Auditorium that the adjacent neighborhood might support.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies