Faculty Advisor

Dehner, Corey

Faculty Advisor

Ogilvie, Anne

Project Center

Worcester Community Project Center


In 1828, the Blackstone Canal in Worcester, Massachusetts catalyzed bringing the city from a farm town into the American Industrial Revolution. Due to the development of the railroad, the Canal was covered up and eventually tied into Worcester’s sewer system. The Blackstone Canal District Alliance is a non-profit organization in Worcester that promotes the economic development of the city. The goal of this project was to provide the Alliance with a cost and benefit assessment of revitalizing the Blackstone Canal for its half mile stretch from Union Station to Kelley Square. Based on data taken from sources in fields of economics, urban planning, and politics, we developed such an assessment and provided the alliance with recommendations for further pursuit of their vision.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs