Notes on “My week of living locally”

posted by Mike on July 9th, 2009

Worcester Magazine: “My week of living locally”

Pictured: the author in YouthGrow’s Oread Street community garden, Main South.

I tried a similar experiment in 2008.

Notes on “Home-grown economics”
The much-talked-about Andersonville Study. The same consultants did a larger 2008 study with similar results. (I focused on Andersonville because those numbers were most frequently used in framing the economic argument, at least my readings and interviews.)

Notes on “Not made in Worcester”
My list is here.

See also A ready reference hand book of Worcester made products (1914)

Thanks to Steve Jones-D’Agostino, Oley Carpp, Tim McGourthy, Brendan Melican, Tracey Novick, Professor John Brown, Brittany Durgin, Greg Opperman, Julius Jones, Dr. Gonzo, 4rilla, Drew Wilson, Adam Villani, and Destination Worcester.

Special thanks to Scott Zoback, Jim Keogh, and SA for their support.

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6 Comments Leave a comment.

  1. On July 9, 2009 at 10:27 Kaihsu Tai said:

    Well done! I am very impressed.

  2. On July 10, 2009 at 07:36 Matt Feinstein said:

    Great article, Mike. Interesting bit about previous manufacturing in Worcester. Where was the “buying local makes us safer” paragraph? Saving it for a future blog post? Keep it up!

  3. On July 10, 2009 at 08:15 Mike said:

    “Buying local makes us safer” is still one of the bits I find most interesting. Nobody doing relevant local work is thinking this way, though. An angle to explore in the future.

  4. On July 11, 2009 at 11:26 Margaret said:

    Loved the article, and I LOVE the shirt!! :o)

  5. On July 16, 2009 at 09:48 A.F. Zamarro said:


    Thanks for the article. It seems that there is a groundswell of interest in buying locally these days. Perhaps that is why Worcester Magazine was interested in the article. I think that most people are onto something that the economists are missing.

    What is that? Perhaps it has something to do with the intersection of morality and economics, as touched on by Pope Benedict XVI this last week. The desire to have just and equitable economic systems is very tangible to most people, but not to economists.

    Have you read anything about ‘Distributist Theory’? I have read some and enjoyed it, but it seems to be somewhat contentious.

    Best regards,

    A.F. Zamarro

  6. On July 20, 2009 at 13:02 Tracy said:

    The cover photo was especially remarked upon in our family!

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