Somerville by the numbers, our community’s carbon foot-print, and collecting resident immigration stories are just a few of the story ideas generated at last Sunday’s Brainstorming Session. Read on for more suggestions and please leave your ideas and feedback below in the comments. Some of these stories will soon be pitched (in more detail) for funding on the blog!
- Look into the backgrounds, ethics reports, campaign donors, and legislative histories of our local and state elected officials
- Investigate family and professional relationships among city employees
- Study the voting trends in the city along location and demographic factors
- Find out the fiscal health of the city government
- Look into how and why the BOA agreed to have DHS surveillance cameras secretly installed around the city
- Look into how certain local businesses and non-profits acquired earmark money from Rep. Capuano and how that money is being spent
- Look into Somerville’s carbon foot-print and what the major factors are
- Study the polluted sites around the city and what’s being done to clean them up
- Investigate the possibilities and costs for expanding and improving recycling programs across the city
- Interview veterans in Somerville to find out where and how they served, what quality of medical care they received, and what life is like for them now
- Focus on a neighborhood and interview the people living there
- Perform case studies to check the level of ADA compliance in municipal properties and businesses around the city
- Look into health inspection records of restaurants around the city
- Investigate the costs and benefits of the town-gown relationship between Somerville and Tufts Univ
- Research the background on the Russell waste disposal service, the status of the investigation by the state into alleged abuses by management, the competitiveness of its contract bids, and conduct interviews with employees
- Daily Round-Up of Public Safety, Health, Traffic, etc.
- Weekly “Cheers & Jeers”
-LOCAL FORECLOSURE SITUATION IN DEPTH
-THE GREEN LINE
- changes/consequences/ anticipations
- is gentrification inevitable?
- specific Neighborhood stories, followed over time
-IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY STORIES/COLLABORATIVE
- When, why, how did moms and pops come to America?
- inside gang stories
- teen stories- suicide, deaths, overdoses-
- COLLABORATE w/ CENTRO PRESENTE, TEEN EMPOWERMENT, Matt Mc L.
-COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW/ORGANIZATION OF THE BOA MINUTES:
- what orders were not carried out within the year?
- what orders were repeated from year to year?
- how many orders are given to which city departments each year?
-HOW is COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) FUNDING truly used to improve the economic, environmental and housing conditions for Somerville’s very-low, low and moderate income residents?
- ISOLATED POCKET OF POVERTY IN SOMERVILLE
-WHAT HAPPENS TO COMMUNITY INPUT FROM PUBLIC HEARINGS?
-HOW DO RESIDENTS CONNECT TO SV BLOG?
- how many residents have internet access?
- how many utilize the library computers/internet?
-SOMERVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY’s CULTURE & PEOPLE
the SHA inventory was updated 9/08. SHA manages/coordinates approximately 3,075 units- 9.5% of the total housing available in Somerville.
– SOMERVILLE-BY-THE-NUMBERS , a.k.a. “The Statistics Project”
- Quantify key government performance indicators
- collaborate with SomerStat staff
- collaborate with local Library Resource Staff
- Weekly Clusters of Info, e.g. how many H.S. drop-outs. how many traffic accidents, how many babies born, how many new school registrants, how many new licenses granted, how many foreclosures, how many home sales
- School Committee, SHS Council Meeting Summary reports
- Somerville’s Carbon Footprint