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Washington Street: Greed or Neighbor

Posted by at 10:48 am on June 15, 2013

From democracy to greed: corrupting the public dialog on housing.

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Posted in Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Uncategorized, Union Square | 2 Comments »

Who’s In Charge?

Posted by at 4:01 pm on April 11, 2013

Over lunch today, in discussing the Governor’s Budget and the House Speaker’s reservations, I was reminded of the NASA Site in Cambridge. Most people seem to have forgotten that the US Department of Transportation office…

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The Library Grows – Up?

Posted by at 11:16 am on March 26, 2013

Somerville Library as a digital laboratory, community service, and creative resource to both city and national users.

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Comprehensive Plan, Development and Zoning, Education, Events, Green Line, Politics, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Teens, Union Square, Ward 2, Ward 3 | No Comments »

Why a new library?

Posted by at 9:56 pm on January 17, 2013

Why build when we can use what we have so much better?

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Posted in City Finances, Development and Zoning | 60 Comments »

UPDATE: Comcast Internet Cheap if you Need It

Posted by at 9:18 pm on October 15, 2011

High Quality, Cheap Internet, way below normal costs for those who need it.

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Posted in Economy & Poverty, Media | No Comments »

If over 30 other Universities can do it, Why Not Here!?

Posted by at 11:23 am on September 9, 2011

Universities and Comcast redline Somerville!

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A Great (almost) Last Act

Posted by at 8:34 pm on July 20, 2011

Reverse Mortgages are not an end, but a means. In Somerville, their cap of $625,000 targets a lot of seniors with tenants and other income.

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Union Square: The test

Posted by at 1:38 pm on July 16, 2011

Collaboration beats what we see in Congress, and…in…the Planning Board’s “solution” to Union Square affordable housing.

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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Union Square | No Comments »

Very High Speed Cable Delayed

Posted by at 8:57 am on March 31, 2011

According to Mass High Tech, Somerville lost out to Kansas City for Google’s model demonstration of a high speed network hundreds of times faster than the fastest at Comcast or RCN or even Verizon’s federally funded FIOS. In all the reports, however, the stories cite four cities from Massachusetts – Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and Newburyport – mostly in that order.…

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The Meaning of Portfolios – Part 1

Posted by at 8:52 am on

Portfolios change the way we think about school, students, and college. School and College are no longer barriers, but tools with which the young build a future for everyone.

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E-Portfolios For All?? With Rules??

Posted by at 10:26 pm on March 7, 2011

Are e-portfolios for everybody, all the time? What do they REALLY do? And how can they be useful? to whom? when? and why?

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Posted in Schools and Youth | No Comments »

e-Portfolios look and work better than Data Walls

Posted by at 1:10 pm on February 19, 2011

While the elementary schools hassle with data walls, the high school creates a whole new kind of e-portfolio.

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Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Civic/Community Engagement

Posted by at 9:09 am on July 24, 2010

Harvard and Tufts try to help solve Somerville organizing and calendar problems

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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Schools and Youth, Tufts | No Comments »

What DON’T We Know?

Posted by at 9:24 am on May 10, 2010

Steve Clift is one of the most successful community media advocates in the nation. His e-Democracy is both a standard and a clarion call for more participatory journalism. In part this is a response to…

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Posted in Crime, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Tufts, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Money and Politics

Posted by at 8:48 am on April 11, 2010

Where are Senator Jehlen, Representatives Toomey, Provost, and Sciortino on holding state-chartered corporations to account to their shareholders for their political influence?

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The Wisdom of A Congressman

Posted by at 11:58 am on March 22, 2010

The timing of support is worth lots more than just a single vote.

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Posted in Health Care, Politics | 12 Comments »

Amy Bishop’s Message to a University Community

Posted by at 1:20 pm on February 23, 2010

What a price for tenure? And how can you tell your professor is crazy!

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Posted in Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth | No Comments »

Close out the Bad Accounts

Posted by at 10:05 am on February 11, 2010

Banks and Verizon need to be held to the kind of standards they use to torture their customers.

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Posted in City Finances, Civic Action, Economy & Poverty, Government Reform | 10 Comments »

Let us count the ways

Posted by at 9:09 am on January 21, 2010

Perversely (in both literal and political sense), the Shanley case shows that Brown may not have been as bad a choice as Coakley. And that gloating rarely makes up for lousy organizing on behalf of an arrogant and opportunistic candidate. Thanks Carl, Thanks Martha for the lesson. We will remember.

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The Pittsburg Precedent

Posted by at 10:01 pm on November 19, 2009

Pittsburgh floats a sales tax on college tuition!

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Posted in City Finances, Government Reform, Schools and Youth, Traffic & Parking, Tufts, Workers' Rights | 2 Comments »

Duplicity: Long for Deval

Posted by at 3:09 pm on September 23, 2009

Hyatt or Tufts, Deval’s choice is the hotter bed.

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Posted in Politics, Tufts, Workers' Rights | 12 Comments »

The Self-Interested Memorial Vote

Posted by at 10:35 am on August 26, 2009

A five month delay in filling Kennedy’s seat with a similarly minded temporary successor guarantees a health care bill to the advantage of current insurers. Can it be coincidental that CEO of the largest of…

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Posted in Health Care, Politics | 4 Comments »

Parking, SomerStat and Politics

Posted by at 6:50 pm on June 21, 2009

In spite of the overwhelming cupidity of the Board of Aldermen, one or more may ask why or how the Mayor connects “access” to higher tickets across the board? … The obvious conclusion is that he cares nothing about access, and everything about money. While that may be good for his budget, it is at real cost to citizens and businesses, and, ultimately, to the management system that justifies – or rationalizes – that cost.

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Posted in Accessibility, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Public Health & Safety, Transportation | 28 Comments »

Arts at the Armory: Time for a New Approach

Posted by at 8:30 pm on March 31, 2009

Last Thursday, responding to requests from the Actors Shakespeare Company and Arts at the Armory, I attended the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing. Testimony at that hearing was a revelation in several very different – and conflicting – ways.…

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Development and Zoning | 2 Comments »

Somerville’s Multiculturalism

Posted by at 12:40 pm on March 15, 2009

On Friday I was a guest at the high school’s Multicultural Fair. It was the most dramatic and most successful cultural event I’ve ever seen – beating everything from Lincoln Center to the MFA…

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Schools and Youth, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Level Three Biotech Research in Cambridge

Posted by at 3:39 pm on August 10, 2008

Isn’t it odd that there has been no discussion in Somerville at all about the Cambridge Biolab 3, pending in East Cambridge?? The requirements for transporting its contents mandate “no tunnels” so everything that goes to Logan goes through Somerville. And everything is virtually all that’s in the Biolab 4 except fissionable materials!

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Posted in Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Public Health & Safety | 1 Comment »