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7/10/14 ADA Hearing on Equivalent Facilitation Request for GLX

Posted by a 8:41 pm on July 7, 2014

The Equivalent Facilitation Request summarizes how ADA requirements are to be addressed by the GLX project, along with variances requested mostly caused by the existing rail corridor geography. More…


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5/15/14 Pedestrian Accessibility Study Feedback Meeting

Posted by a 9:18 pm on May 12, 2014

Measures to ease pedestrian access for persons with disabilities help everyone who lives long enough. Come, listen, and respond. More…


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4/30/14 MBTA Public Hearing on FY15 Fare Increase

Posted by a 9:39 pm on April 20, 2014

Everyone who uses the T should understand why the MBTA needs to increase fares by 5% and what the alternatives to a fare increase are. More…


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Events, MBTA, Transportation | No Comments »

4/22/14 MBTA Public Hearing on FY15 Fare Increase

Posted by a 9:34 pm on

Everyone who uses the T should understand why the MBTA needs to increase fares by 5% and what the alternatives to a fare increase are. More…


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1/14/14 Transportation Equity Human Services & Equity in Transportation Forum

Posted by a 9:37 pm on January 12, 2014

Anticipated participants include representatives from transportation agencies and service providers, social service organizations, councils on aging, and other organizations. Members of the public are invited. More…


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SomerServe Outreach: Youth Snow Shoveling Opportunities Plus Volunteer Opps 4 All

Posted by a 12:13 pm on December 15, 2013

Nancy Bacci, Director of SomerServe, sends a message to us all. Warm up the community with service! Opportunities for Youth to Shovel Snow and create safe pedestrian paths for everyone. Plus, contact info to learn about Volunteer opportunities for Somerville residents of all ages.


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Transportation | 1 Comment »

12/11/13 Somerville Housing Authority Five Year Plan Hearing

Posted by a 10:44 pm on December 10, 2013

A great deal of Federal funds is handled through the SHA, which is a requirement of Federal funds for housing for low and moderate income families, the elderly, and the disabled. More…


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The (Pathetic & Dangerous) Beat Goes On

Posted by a 9:43 pm on October 1, 2013

The City of Somerville has been adding more and more Hubway Bike Stations around the city, adding more and more cyclists to the urban transport mix. This fall, cyclists have been out in force.

But has City Hall taken the very necessary initiative of educating cyclists about local bike and pedestrian public safety laws? Or providing enforcement of those laws?…


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Stop Unsafe Bicycling, Walking, and Driving

Posted by a 4:04 pm on September 22, 2013

I will donate $100.00 to a charity of Alan Moore’s choice if a two-day bicycle traffic study by an objective third party finds that at all locations studied, fewer than half of bicyclists engaged in any of the unsafe behaviors described in paragraph 2.


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Posted in Accessibility, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Davis Square, Pedestrians, Porter Square, Powderhouse Square, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Union Square | 4 Comments »

Union Square Transportation Data- Do Performance Measures Include Accessibility, Economic factors?

Posted by a 2:19 pm on August 12, 2013

What kinds of performance measures were examined prior to the recent announcement about Union Square’s upcoming transportation improvements?


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Comprehensive Plan, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Seniors, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

12/12/12 Public Hearing on 2013 Somerville Housing Authority Annual Plan

Posted by a 8:29 pm on December 9, 2012

The SHA Annual Plan is a requirement of Federal funds for housing for low and moderate income families, the elderly, and the disabled.


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12/4/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 5:48 pm on December 2, 2012

Agenda gives no specific issues, but includes resident concerns, major projects, and finance.


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CCPD Board Votes to Oppose Assisted Suicide Ballot Question

Posted by a 10:40 pm on October 24, 2012

Members of the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities  have participated in the Somerville online transportation surveys and frequently collaborate with members of Community Access Project, Somerville to help raise awareness and lower barriers to


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, Press Release, Public Health & Safety, Seniors | 9 Comments »

Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board Votes To Oppose Question 2

Posted by a 10:32 pm on

Members of the Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board have participated in the Somerville online transportation surveys and frequently collaborate with members of Community Access Project, Somerville to help raise awareness and lower barriers to disAbility


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Maxwell’s Green Entrance Signs/Walls on Lowell Street are Blocking the Sightlines to/from Community Path, despite almost half a million dollars in state Transit Oriented Development funding

Posted by a 4:47 pm on September 5, 2012

The Friends of the Community Path sent this letter to the George Proakis and the Planning Board on August 17, with no reply so far:…


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Posted in Accessibility, Bicycles, Civic Action, Crime, Environment and Open Space, Green Line, Magoun Square, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 3, Ward 5 | No Comments »

8/13/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 4:02 pm on August 12, 2012

Agenda includes the Assembly Square riverfront park along the Mystic between Rt. 28 and the Winter Hill Yacht Club.


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Mystic River, Orange Line | No Comments »

John B. Kelly Day Proclaimed by Boston’s Mayor Menino

Posted by a 11:08 pm on July 26, 2012

John B. Kelly, friend to all Somervillians and especially BFF with Community Access Project Somerville and human rights defenders throughout Massachusetts, receives a Proclamation from Boston’s Mayor Menino, who named today, July 26, 2012, John B. Kelly Day!


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety | 5 Comments »

ADA 22nd Anniversary- Presidential Proclamation July 26, 2012

Posted by a 3:06 pm on

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2012

Presidential Proclamation — Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2012

ANNIVERSARY OF…


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May All Villens Be Free…

Posted by a 3:28 am on July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth, Somerville!


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Brociner Justified in Calling Letter Patently Dishonest

Posted by a 10:45 am on June 22, 2012

Clearly, Curtatone dodged his responsibility to properly ensure the event was accessible for persons with disabilities. We deserve better from our mayor!


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5/21 Aldermen Address Accessibility Issues In Sidewalk Ramps and Brick Crosswalks, 6pm

Posted by a 9:57 am on May 18, 2012

From the agenda of the  upcoming meeting of the BOA Public Health and Public Safety Committee on Monday 5/21 in the 2nd floor Committee Room at City Hall:…


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4/9: HRC Agenda, 6:30pm @ TAB

Posted by a 10:07 pm on April 6, 2012

The monthly public meeting of the Human Rights Commission will be at 6:30pm on 4/9 at SCALE
in the TAB at 167 Holland Street (2nd floor, top of stair, straight ahead, small conference room). This is an accessible location.

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@SomervilleCity’s Retaliation Against Accessibility Whistleblower Casts Chilling Effect

Posted by a 9:09 pm on

Last week, Mayor @JoeCurtatone retaliated against Somerville accessibility rights advocate Eileen Feldman after she blew the whistle on the City’s attempt to have the U.S. Surgeon General’s March 23rd health grant event held at the then-inaccessible Armory…


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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Ward 5 | 7 Comments »

False information posted at Ward 5 Online

Posted by a 2:25 pm on April 2, 2012

I’ve just been alerted to a new posting of inaccuracies regarding my architectural access facility complaint about the Armory.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Courtney O’Keefe posted “Armory Gets New Entrance, Support!” on…


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Somerville, MA: Civil Rights Discrimination in Motion, circa 2012

Posted by a 2:39 pm on March 29, 2012

Ms. Renault-Caragianes’ letter is a cover-up on behalf of Mayor Curtatone and designed to distort the facts about why State officials had to quickly step in to relocate the U.S. Surgeon General’s visit to the Ville last Friday, March 23, 2012, for the official launch event of the Middlesex County’s health wellness and prevention initiative called “Mass in Motion.”


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Somerville’s Curtatone Prevented from Hosting U.S. Surgeon General at Inaccessible Armory

Posted by a 8:10 pm on March 22, 2012

Somerville’s Mayor Curtatone, who announced on WGBH this week (Boston’s Growing Income Gap, hosted 3/20/11 by Kara Miller) that he is “advising the First Lady on the Let’s Move Initiative,” attempted to get the US Surgeon General’s launch of a major Public Health initiative at the inaccessible Somerville Armory this Friday (March 23, 2012).


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Health Care, Public Health & Safety | 10 Comments »

Are City’s Senior Centers Accessible?: RESISTAT Responds

Posted by a 12:16 pm on March 10, 2012

The letter to resistat previously posted on SV is copied below. The response (which follows)  was posted on the resistat blog within 72 hours of the letter’s submission.…


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Are City’s Senior Centers Fully Accessible?

Posted by a 12:36 pm on March 5, 2012

The following letter was submitted to the resistat blog on 3/5/2012 after its writer read David Dahlbacka’s announcement of upcoming HUD Plan hearing:…


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Posted in 311 Requests, Accessibility, All Ages, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Politics, Seniors | 1 Comment »

Somerville Variance Hearing 2/27/12: Community Path Cedar to Lowell

Posted by a 1:54 pm on February 24, 2012

This Monday, the Architectural Access State Board will hear the City of Somerville’s request to waive the necessity to place an accessible ramp adjacent to a proposed shortcut between the Lowell St. bridge and the future Community Path Extension. Public transportation stewardship begins at home! Let’s encourage Somerville’s deciders to sTop wasting local and sTate transportation resources on exclusive facilities- and instead, plan for the future by designing accessible multi-modal pedestrian routes at every step.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, MBTA, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Transportation, Transportation Projects | 4 Comments »

If Somerville’s Mayor stepped inside our shoes, would he be smiling…?

Posted by a 8:19 pm on February 14, 2012

The Community Access Project and other disability rights colleagues appeared at a Hearing to hear how the City rationalized deferring corrections of recent streetscape construction mistakes. And we discovered that even the surveys are not being completed correctly.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Pedestrians | 1 Comment »

Representative Provost’s Smart Framework For Sustainable Transportation

Posted by a 1:04 pm on February 5, 2012

Somerville Representative Provost has just published a piece at bostinno called: MBTA Troubles Just a Symptom of Systemic Crisis.
This Monday February 6, 2012 at 11:30 will be the Public Hearing on Rep. Provost ‘s House Bill 2659, a bill relative to transportation finance and equity. Location: State House, room A-1.
Rep. Provost article link: http://bostinno.com/2012/02/01/mbta-troubles-just-a-symptom-of-systemic-crisis/


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State-run Rinks Offer Adaptive Ice Sleds

Posted by a 9:58 am on December 19, 2011

Some Massachusetts DCR Ice Skating rinks offer independently-usable and accessible ice skating sleds. These are available during the public skating hours posted for each rink. Here is more information along with a list of rinks with phone numbers.


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Somerville’s latest route around our rights

Posted by a 5:18 pm on December 15, 2011

The City of Somerville submitted a variance application on December 2, 2011 that stated that a “proposed secondary stair case” was being considered for the west sidewalks of Lowell St. Bridge into the future Max’sGreen. Since there’s already a staircase less than 200 feet away, why does the City want to waste 109K of public funds on that second staircase?


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Transportation | 2 Comments »

Students With DisAbilities, Speak Up!

Posted by a 11:33 am on December 3, 2011

Today, December 3rd is:  International Day of Persons With Disabilities.

In celebration, the American Association of People with Disabilities has launched a video, in which Students with Disabilities Speak Up and say “I…


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Somerville, MA: Millions Wasted on Deficient Walkability Improvements

Posted by a 4:31 pm on November 2, 2011

Over 80% of Somerville’s new sidewalks and curb cuts, installed since 2004, are hazardous for people with various types of disabilities (one-in-five). These infrastructure improvements don’t even adhere to basic, standard building code. See a listing of the first 50 locations that the City of Somerville promises to re-do, equalling about $500K wasted the first time around- for starters.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Government Reform, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Schools and Youth, Seniors | 8 Comments »

FOI Request: Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Units, 1991- present

Posted by a 8:51 pm on October 24, 2011

October, 2011:  The Somerville Community Corporation is organizing strategy sessions to get more affordable housing in Somerville by “strengthening our city’s inclusionary zoning ordinance.”

The Community Access Project has placed a FOI request to the…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Housing, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Special | 2 Comments »

Mayor Curtatone’s YSAG No-Way Planning

Posted by a 3:43 pm on

If there were a listing of  ”100 Worst Communities for Young Residents With DisAbilities,” Somerville would be at the top of the list.

The Mayor’s Young Somerville Advisory Group end-of-year meeting and presentation…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth | 13 Comments »

Great job, Joe!

Posted by a 5:06 pm on October 16, 2011

At Chester and Elm Streets in Davis Square, the brick curb cuts have been replaced with concrete, compliant ones. People using wheelchairs and other rolling mobility devices at this location can now rock and roll to the beat of the Ville, knowing that they don’t have to “pull the hill” at either end of the crosswalk. Keep up the good work, Mayor Joe!


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Davis Square, Environment and Open Space, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 6 | 2 Comments »

FOIA to OSPCD: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing?

Posted by a 6:34 pm on September 16, 2011

Disabled residents of Somerville experience disproportionate poverty, substandard housing conditions, and face pervasive exclusion, even in the city’s inclusionary and affordable housing opportunity programs. Today, a FOIA request was lodged to learn how four influential nonprofits guide the City to step up to its obligations to affirmatively further Fair Housing for economically disadvantaged residents.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Housing, Public Records / FOIA Requests | 2 Comments »

Green

Posted by a 12:25 pm on

The latest robocall announced the 4th Annual Riverfest, Saturday, 9/17, featuring “fireworks, entertainment, food and family activities” for Somerville residents. The familiar and friendly voice of Jackie Rossetti encouraged residents to participate. The latter part…


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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Assembly Square, City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, MBTA, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation | No Comments »

Arts at the Armory Still Inaccessible To Thousands

Posted by a 6:49 pm on September 15, 2011

Although the City of Somerville is well aware that the Armory facility is still inaccessible at the entrance ramp, the Mayor continues to hold important events and meetings here. At the same time, the Architect and Owner continue to claim that various City Departments are refusing to accept an accessible design. Who’s benefitting from this back-and-forth?


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Ward 5 | 1 Comment »

UnSafe Routes to School, East Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on September 5, 2011

The Community Access Project did a reality check of the 2010 East Somerville Safe Routes 2 School Map. We found that less than 20% of the pedestrian features are even up to basic standard code. “Safe” is a misnomer.

These streets ain’t fit for walkin’.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Transportation Projects | 2 Comments »

Dilboy Tot Lot IS Deplorable. Thank You, Ward 7 Candidate Puglia!

Posted by a 1:10 pm on August 24, 2011

Ward 7 Alderperson Candidate Joan Whitney Puglia is proving to have a keen awareness of conditions around town.  Her mention of Dilboy Field‘s tot lot and baseball field has the Community Access Project members…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Sports, Ward 7 | No Comments »

FOIA: Affordable Housing Waiting Lists for Somerville, MA

Posted by a 12:48 pm on July 24, 2011

Rising rents, increased privately-funded housing development, excessive rental burdens, and physically inadequate subsidized housing stock are contributing to Somerville’s transformation into an less diverse, more expensive place to live.


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City Stalls Access at Noncompliant Armory

Posted by a 4:26 pm on July 20, 2011

The Armory at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville fails to uphold their promise to State Board to achieve an Accessible entrance by May 15, 2011.


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Joe’s Repetitive, Discriminatory Jazz

Posted by a 11:54 am on June 14, 2011

Mayor Joe Curtatone of Somerville has made plans to discriminate yet again, during the 2011 Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest, curated by the Somerville Arts Council.


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When will Somerville get a PLAN?

Posted by a 1:18 pm on June 2, 2011

FCC Chair Genachowski says that, by next April, cities across the country will have access to a new technology just launched in New York City-to send critical emergency alerts to residents’ mobile phones when public safety is threatened. This new technology and service is called the Personal Localized Alerting Network, a.k.a., PLAN. Would it benefit Somerville?


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Posted in Accessibility, Health Care, Public Health & Safety, Seniors | 1 Comment »

Home Modification Loan Program

Posted by a 4:43 pm on June 1, 2011

The MRC recently redesigned their brochure for the Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP). This is a well-funded state low-interest loan program for projects to allow elders, adults with disAbilities, and families with children with disAbilities to keep living independently. Information for Somerville residents included in this post.


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FOIA Request- ADA ramps constructed in 2009

Posted by a 2:55 pm on May 17, 2011

A FOIA request was placed via Muckrock on April 7, 2011 for all documents related to new construction of 12 ADA ramps at 4 municipal locations.

On May 16, 2011, the City of…


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5/9/11 – 6/9/11 Ch. 91 Tideways Comment Period on Wellington Bridge (Rt. 28) Boardwalk (Ref: #W11-3316)

Posted by a 7:31 pm on May 8, 2011

This is one of the final hurdles for the boardwalk under the Wellington Bridge where Rt. 28 passes over the Mystic River at Assembly Square. Please support this development. Lack of a safe, convenient path under Rt. 28 has severed 10 Hills from Assembly Square for a long time.


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Very High Speed Cable Delayed

Posted by a 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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Somerville Arts Council Plans to Discriminate Again

Posted by a 8:58 pm on March 2, 2011

The Somerville Arts Council has made plans to discriminate against residents with disabilities again.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights | 21 Comments »

Somerville School District Signs Disability Civil Rights Agreement With DOE

Posted by a 6:30 pm on January 12, 2011

In the first week of 2011, City of Somerville Mayor Joseph E. Curtatone and Somerville School District Superintendent Pierantozzi signed a Final Resolution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), to voluntarily come into compliance regarding inaccessible public school facilities and programs. In addition, Somerville will redraft its policies regarding relocation and other accessibility accommodations.


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, Press Release, Schools and Youth, Teens | 9 Comments »

Please Clear Curb Cuts, too!

Posted by a 12:38 pm on December 26, 2010

Property owners need to keep snow and ice from accumulating on their walkways. But what is the City’s responsibility?


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Somerville Armory To Be Accessible by May 15, 2011

Posted by a 5:50 pm on December 16, 2010

On November 29, 2010, the state Architectural Access Board voted to accept the Armory architect’s Plan 1.1b, dated October 17, 2010, which will provide for an accessible entrance ramp for this much-used Somerville facility.


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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights | 4 Comments »

12/06/10. BOA Public Safety Committee Hearing

Posted by a 7:23 pm on December 8, 2010

Somerville, Boston and Cambridge Human rights activists encouraged the BOA Public Health and Safety Committee to allow economic integration, safety, inclusion and accessibility to trump aesthetics at a recent Meeting.


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Posted in Accessibility, Beat Reporter, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety | 7 Comments »

You can do it! Making Your Programs and Products Accessible

Posted by a 6:43 pm on December 7, 2010

A lot of Somervillians care about inclusion. Here are 10 examples of easily removable barriers with easy-to-implement solutions!


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Brick and Brick Paver Pedestrian Surfaces Hurt

Posted by a 2:29 pm on December 2, 2010

On December 6 at 6 pm, Alderman White and the Public Safety Committee will hold a Special Hearing to understand the justification for using brick paver materials in the recently constructed Somerville Avenue crosswalks. The vibrations from such materials hurts wheelchair drivers, and causes additional discomfort for people with visual and balance impairments.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Events, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Transportation | 7 Comments »

The Diary of a Wheelchair Experiment

Posted by a 2:08 pm on December 1, 2010

As someone who does not own a car, I am already accustomed to the life of a pedestrian living around the edges of a world designed for cars. But I was completely unprepared for how dramatically marginalized I would feel trying to navigate the streets by wheelchair.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Public Health & Safety, Seniors | 16 Comments »

11/22/10 Gilman Green Line Station Planning Walkaround

Posted by a 11:08 pm on November 20, 2010

The public is invited to make suggestions about pedestrian, bicycle, and bus access to the station, as well as safety lighting, station design, comfort, signs and area maps.


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Buses, Events, Green Line, Pedestrians, Special, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects | No Comments »

Public Information request re: West Library Accessibility Study

Posted by a 6:01 pm on November 10, 2010

On October 5th, I submitted the following request to the Director of Somerville Historic Commission:

October 5, 2010

To: Brandon Wilson, Executive Director, Somerville Historic Preservation


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11/9/10 Teleconference on Standards for Public Meeting Notices and Agendas

Posted by a 4:17 pm on November 7, 2010

Public meeting notices and the open meeting law are fundamental to transparency and public participation in government.


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Beat Reporter, Events, Government Reform, Special | 1 Comment »

What Does It Mean to Value and Seek Diversity?

Posted by a 11:37 am on November 5, 2010

The first line of the recently crafted Somerville Vision Statement includes a sentence about valuing the diversity of our people, cultures, housing, and economy. Since “diversity” is so prominently represented in our vision for our community, I’ve been thinking about this word and what it means.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Immigration | 6 Comments »

Disenfranchised in Somerville … Again.

Posted by a 2:51 pm on November 3, 2010

Somerville’s disability culture should also be celebrated as part of our rich multicultural diversity. But as we see, even voting is still not routinely made accessible and integrated for voters with physical disAbilities. How can we reverse Segregation in Somerville?


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Davis Square, Pedestrians, Seniors, Teele Square, Uncategorized, Ward 1, Ward 4, Ward 6, Ward 7 | 40 Comments »

Public Information Request: Municipal Master Facilities Plan

Posted by a 2:27 am on October 20, 2010

Submitted a Public Information request regarding the City’s Municipal Needs Analysis and the Municipal Master facilities Plan again this month (This is the 3rd request since August, 2009.).  Per M. Tintocalis, Principal Planner, Economic Development…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Special, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

10/7/10 MassDOT Public Meeting for the Craigie Drawbridge Project

Posted by a 6:53 pm on October 4, 2010

This meeting will present details of the Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation project, which will block the Bridge and divert traffic. Traffic that would otherwise go along Memorial Drive may end up going to Route 28 instead and thereby into Somerville.


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Youth Ask for Help to Fulfill Dreams

Posted by a 6:04 pm on September 27, 2010

This Thursday, September 30, at 6 pm, Villens and others will have the opportunity to hear the voices of youth members from Centro Presente and The Welcome Project, who are working to support the Dream Act.


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Immigration, Schools and Youth | No Comments »

10/6/10 MassDOT Public Meeting for the Longfellow Bridge Project

Posted by a 5:56 pm on September 26, 2010

This meeting will present details of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation project, which will block the Bridge and divert traffic.

Traffic that would otherwise go along Memorial Drive may end up going to Route 28 instead and thereby into Somerville.


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Beat Reporter, Events, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 1 | No Comments »

9/28/10 Green Line Extension Station Design Presentation

Posted by a 5:52 pm on

These are two identical presentations on the Green Line Extension station design guidelines and requirements. The Tuesday presentation is in Somerville; the same presentation is being given on Wednesday in Medford.

The Green Line Extension stations are now being designed. If you want input into the design, attend one of these meetings and ask questions.


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Google Translate for Somerville Voices?

Posted by a 10:41 pm on September 15, 2010

We’ve had a proposal that we make Google Translate available on our website. You can see how it works here.

Do any of our readers have experience with Google Translate? Would it be…


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9/13/10 Public Hearing on Assembly Square Chapter 91 License

Posted by a 6:04 pm on September 12, 2010

Public input is needed on accessibility, waterfront and water activities design, and pedestrian and bicycle access along Foley Street.


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How Mayor Joe Curtatone Contravenes the Spirit of the Law

Posted by a 1:07 pm on

In these final crazy hazy days of summer 2010, Mayor Joseph Curtatone has succeeded in sneaking a detour around a new State rule. Here’s why that matters to Human Rights advocates..


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Ward 7 | 12 Comments »

Making Your Home Work for the Long Run

Posted by a 10:09 pm on September 9, 2010

A program and workshop on adapting your home to support your needs as you get older.

Wednesday, September 29th, 5:30-7:30

167 Holland St., 2nd floor, wheelchair accessible

If you or someone you…


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8/30/10 MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Meeting

Posted by a 5:29 am on August 29, 2010

This is the regular meeting of the MBTA Rider Oversight Committee, which provides recommendations to the MBTA to improve service quality. Somerville’s use of public transit, already high, will increase as the Green Line Extension and Assembly Square Orange Line stop come in.


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8/30/10 Accessible Transportation Forum

Posted by a 8:08 pm on August 22, 2010

This forum features Richard Devylder, Senior Advisor for Accessible Transportation to the Obama Administration. Accessibility is an important requirement for the new Green Line Extension and Orange Line T-Stops.


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8/25/10 Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA

Posted by a 8:03 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA, which provides input to the MBTA on issues of handicapped access to public transit. The MBTA is under court order to improve handicapped access to MBTA facilities. Somerville’s need for accessible public transit is bound to increase as the Green Line Extension and Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop come in.


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Street Reconstruction Project: Promises Never Kept

Posted by a 2:08 pm on August 7, 2010

Three years after the Somerville Avenue Reconstruction Project began, Union Square businesses are still hindered by lack of thoughtful pedestrian planning during construction; and Union Square residents, visitors and workers are still unable to walk these streets with confidence and comfort.


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Posted in Accessibility, Development and Zoning, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square, Ward 2, Ward 3 | 7 Comments »

Civic/Community Engagement

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

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


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9/9/10 Designing for Pedestrian Safety Part 4: Intersection Geometry

Posted by a 10:50 pm on July 18, 2010

This is the fourth in the 8-part Free Webinar Series on Designing for Pedestrian Safety being given by the Federal Highway Administration and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. Pedestrian and bicycle safety is essential to the success of the new Assembly Square roadways and Orange Line T-Stop and around the new Green Line stops.


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Assembly Square, Ball Square, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Events, Green Line, Neighborhoods and Squares, Orange Line, Pedestrians, Traffic & Parking, Trains, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

8/17/10 Designing for Pedestrian Safety Part 3: Treatments at Unsignalized Pedestrian Crossings

Posted by a 10:47 pm on

This is the third in the 8-part Free Webinar Series on Designing for Pedestrian Safety being given by the Federal Highway Administration and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. Pedestrian and bicycle safety is essential to the success of the new Assembly Square roadways and Orange Line T-Stop and around the new Green Line stops.


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8/3/10 Designing for Pedestrian Safety Part 2: Sidewalk Design

Posted by a 10:43 pm on

This is the second in the 8-part Free Webinar Series on Designing for Pedestrian Safety being given by the Federal Highway Administration and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. Pedestrian and bicycle safety is essential to the success of the new Assembly Square roadways and Orange Line T-Stop and around the new Green Line stops.


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Assembly Square, Ball Square, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Events, Green Line, Orange Line, Pedestrians, Traffic & Parking, Trains, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

7/20/10 Designing for Pedestrian Safety Part 1: Introduction to Pedestrian Safety Design and Planning Principles

Posted by a 10:39 pm on

This is the first in the 8-part Free Webinar Series on Designing for Pedestrian Safety being given by the Federal Highway Administration and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. Safe pedestrian and bicycle access is essential to the success of the new Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop and new Green Line stops.


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Assembly Square, Ball Square, Beat Reporter, Bicycles, Events, Green Line, Orange Line, Pedestrians, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | 1 Comment »

Glen Park: Beautiful Park, Complicated Park. Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part III

Posted by a 3:48 pm on July 11, 2010

Environmental and safety concerns haunt this lovely park. Joe’s Astroturf and Streetscape SNAFUS don’t help, either…


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Posted in Accessibility, Environment and Open Space, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth | 8 Comments »

7/13/10 MassDOT Bridge Program Bicycle/Pedestrian Outreach Meeting

Posted by a 5:34 pm on July 9, 2010

This meeting is important because bridges are in need of repair in and around Somerville, and these repairs should include pedestrian and bicycle access.


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6/21/10 Update on MBTA/BCIL Settlement Agreement

Posted by a 8:37 pm on June 20, 2010

This meeting is important because it deals with ADA accessibility throughout the MBTA system.


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Superintendent of Inspectional Services Misleads Architectural Access Board

Posted by a 9:55 am on May 20, 2010

The Architectural Access Board will hold a Hearing on 18 Architectural Access Code Violations for Arts at the Armory facility on Monday, May 24, at 1 p.m.

back story: On February 8, Building…


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Public Health & Safety | 40 Comments »

Gubanatorial Candidates To Speak at All-Accessible Forum Tuesday May 18

Posted by a 4:02 pm on May 16, 2010

An all-present and accounted-for Gubernatorial Candidates Forum will be held May 18, 2010 from 1 p.m. – 3:30p.m. at the Perkins School in Watertown. WBUR’s Bob Oakes will be the Moderator.


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Joe’s All American Barriers- the DPW Facility

Posted by a 11:23 pm on March 25, 2010

The City of Somerville was one of 10 cities honored as an All America City by the National League of Cities in 2009. During the announcement, the audience was informed that, “this is a community that uses information to improve the lives of its residents.” Here’s some information about the inaccessible DPW facility.


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Posted in Accessibility, City Finances, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Somerville By The Numbers | 2 Comments »

Somerville’s Cherry Sheets Challenge

Posted by a 3:52 pm on March 23, 2010

A town cannot set its tax rate until it has received the Cherry Sheet. But what does it mean?


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MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:18 pm on March 21, 2010

MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Meeting

Mon. Mar. 29 5:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 1, 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

This is the regular…


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Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA

Posted by a 7:17 pm on

Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA

Wed. Mar. 24 1:00 PM

State Transportation Building
2nd Fl Conf. Rms.
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

This is the regular…


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APBP Webinar on ADA Transition Plans

Posted by a 10:04 pm on March 14, 2010

APBP Webinar on ADA Transition Plans

Wed. Mar. 17 3:00 PM

Livable Streets Office
100 Sidney St.
Cambridge MA (map)

This webinar, sponsored by the Livable Streets Alliance…


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Disability Discrimination Rocks in Somerville, MA- again

Posted by a 6:52 pm on March 12, 2010

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke in the inaccessible Somerville High School auditorium this past Monday March 8, 2010, celebrating the fact that Somerville, MA was named one of the 10 All America Cities


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Arts and Culture, City Finances, Civil and Human Rights, Historical, Neighborhoods and Squares | 4 Comments »

“Somerville Reads” Together

Posted by a 9:59 pm on March 5, 2010

This spring, Somerville is launching its first “one city, one book” campaign, a community reading project in which people all over the City will be encouraged to read and discuss the same book.

The…


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights, Events, Pedestrians | 10 Comments »

It ain’t wicked smaht to exclude people

Posted by a 2:58 pm on February 23, 2010

The City of Somerville, with it’s clear mandates and civil rights obligations from Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, continues to be really , truly, obviously unskilled at inclusive community-building.


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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Uncategorized | 21 Comments »

MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Posted by a 6:49 pm on February 14, 2010

MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Wed. Feb. 24 1:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)…


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MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:47 pm on

MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Meeting

Mon. Feb. 22 5:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 1, 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

This is the regular…


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Your Walkable Community in Winter: Somerville

Posted by a 7:27 pm on January 24, 2010

Your Walkable Community in Winter: Somerville

Sat. Jan. 30 2:30 PM

Somerville Library
79 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is a workshop on walkability in Somerville…


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MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:04 pm on January 18, 2010

MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Meeting

Mon. Jan. 25 5:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 1, 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

This is the regular…


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Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Posted by a 3:01 pm on

Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Sat. Jan. 30 1:30 PM

Somerville Library
79 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is a workshop from the “How to”…


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MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Posted by a 10:57 pm on January 10, 2010

This meeting is important because the Green Line Extension and the Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop both need to be handicapped accessible according to ADA guidelines. The MBTA is now under court order to improve accessibility system-wide.


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Labeled Disabled Movie

Posted by a 10:19 pm on January 4, 2010

Labeled Disabled Screening at the Kennedy School cafetorium on January 19, 2010

[This film is by Maggie Doben and was funded by Cambridge Commission for People With Disabilities and The Dody Waring Faculty Development…


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Assembly Square Orange Line Station 30% Progress Design Meeting

Posted by a 8:38 am on December 28, 2009

Assembly Square Orange Line Station 30% Progress Design Meeting

Tues. Jan. 12 7:00 PM

Cafeteria
Capuano Early Childhood Center
150 Glen St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the…


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Public Meeting on Mystic River Reservation Recreational Path Extension (Wellington Undercarriage)

Posted by a 7:17 pm on December 13, 2009

Public Meeting on Mystic River Reservation Recreational Path Extension (Wellington Undercarriage)

Thurs. Dec. 17 6:30 PM

Mystic Activity Center
535 Mystic Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting is…


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Hey! Will Capuano’s Hometown Be Accessible on Primary Day?

Posted by a 2:25 am on December 6, 2009

Judging by the fumbles on Election Day, 11/3/09, we can’t assume that Somerville will provide Accessible Voting on Primary Day, December 8. Despite the fact that the Secretary of State’s Office ordered structural accessibility changes at 7 Somerville polling sites after an audit in July, a spot-check of 9 Somerville Polling sites on Election Day 2009 proved that the current Mayor’s heart is still not in the game.


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Caveat emptor

Posted by a 1:29 pm on December 5, 2009

1.  The Disability Policy Consortium hoped to be able to offer some guidance to its constituency on the candidate most likely to fill the late Senator’s big shoes on disability issues. In mid-November, DPC sent…


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Deaf People with Low Incomes Can Call for Help at CAAS

Posted by a 11:27 am on November 20, 2009

Deaf and hard of hearing Somerville residents living on low incomes can now call the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) for help making ends meet. CAAS’ new TTY number is 617-628-6387.


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Free Film Series December 5 – Disability Reframed

Posted by a 1:12 pm on November 10, 2009

Free film – Dec 5 – “Emmanuel’s Gift,” part of “Disability Reframed” series.


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StreetTalk: Design Advocacy – Designing for How We Move Through Space

Posted by a 7:51 pm on November 8, 2009

StreetTalk: Design Advocacy – Designing for How We Move Through Space

Thurs. Nov 12, 7:00 PM

Livable Streets
100 Sidney St.
Cambridge MA (map)

This presentation gives examples…


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A 12% Running Slope Is 100% Inaccessible

Posted by a 11:41 pm on October 25, 2009

Here’s a 12% slope in Union Square, at the crosswalk between 2 HP parking spaces, nearest curbcut to the Union Square Bus stop, necessary to access the commercial area and the SCAT building…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety | 2 Comments »

All American?

Posted by a 6:47 pm on October 17, 2009

In RE: Joe Lynch on Joe’s Original Crosswalks

The situation you describe, Joe, in which the Magoun Square project consultant told you that cost is the reason that a principal location, one…


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Joe’s Original Crosswalks

Posted by a 1:23 pm on September 17, 2009

Q:  Why Didn’t the Rolling Somerville Pedestrian Cross the Road at the Crosswalk?

A:  Because the City of Somerville Deciders have been playing chicken with standards.

This photo essay will show 30 lost opportunities to create a safer community on Mayor Curtatone’s watch.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Traffic & Parking, Transportation Projects | 20 Comments »

Davis Square Pedestrian Environment Not Up To Code

Posted by a 10:45 pm on September 6, 2009

My long-lived friends keep telling me stories about pedestrian accidents in Davis Square.  Fractured a jaw.  Twisted knees.  Fractured elbow, shoulder, wrists.  Slipped and broke an ankle, on crutches for 5 months, still don’t feel…


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Posted in Accessibility, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Transportation | 13 Comments »

Dedication of the Brian Higgins Tot Lot at the Kennedy School

Posted by a 9:30 am on September 1, 2009

Please join the Mayor of Somerville, the Honorable Joseph A. Curatone, the Superintendent of Schools, Tony Pierantozzi, and representatives from the Board of Aldermen and Somerville School Committee for the dedication of the Brian Higgins…


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SomSigns Lie

Posted by a 8:57 pm on August 22, 2009

Whoda thunk that a simple sign could be a liar?  Here’s a photo essay of some misleading signage in three City of Somerville facilities.

1.  Somerville Schools Administration Building, 181 Washington Street:   At…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, Schools and Youth, Sports | 4 Comments »

Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part II: Access, Safety & Equity Considerations

Posted by a 2:34 am on August 21, 2009

Our friend reports that her son (22 months) fell while walking on bricks at the Walnut Street Park, fractured his right femur, and is in a cast for four weeks.  She says that…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Sports | 6 Comments »

Public Information Response from ADA Coordinator Raises Red Flag

Posted by a 3:23 pm on August 17, 2009

Thanks to SomervilleVoices for providing this venue to post our Public Information Requests -and to share the responses (or lack therof) that we receive.

Here’s one example of a PIR response that raises red…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests | 12 Comments »

Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part 1

Posted by a 11:20 pm on August 7, 2009

Many Somerville residents are not aware that the City manages 46 parks, playgrounds and ball fields for residents. With this astonishing number comes certain responsibilities on the part of the city, such as upkeep and accessibility.


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TOPSoccer – Sunday Sept 13th

Posted by a 1:28 pm on August 6, 2009

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a FREE community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age 7-18, who have a mental or physical disability.…


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OPENAIR Circus A Blast!

Posted by a 10:26 pm on August 1, 2009

Today at 2 pm, a bunch of kids and grownups laughed, danced, clapped, sang, screamed with laughter and marvelled in unison. The OpenAir Circus is again in Somerville- and you’ve got one more day to catch it! (with pics)


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Lady Liberty Says…

Posted by a 1:40 pm on July 4, 2009

Lady Liberty 2009
…what say this Lady, Dear SomervilleVoices Reader?…


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Parking, SomerStat and Politics

Posted by a 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 »

Disability Reframed: A Community Film Series

Posted by a 6:36 pm on May 20, 2009

June 6   Disability Reframed: A Community Film Series –

Come to a FREE matinee screening, as we kickoff our new film series. We will be showing Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” at MIT Stata Center…


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10 Days to Go! Submit your Comments about the use of $772,044

Posted by a 2:29 pm on May 4, 2009

The City of Somerville, as an Entitlement Community, receives millions of Federal dollars from HUD each year from the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, and HOME programs.  These monies must be spent on…


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Posted in Accessibility, City Finances, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Government Reform, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics | 3 Comments »

Lowell Zero, Somerville 221. Mistakes, that is.

Posted by a 6:12 pm on April 19, 2009

On March 19, 2009, the City of Somerville was one of the 118 recipients of an “e-government Award,” from Common Cause. This citation is given for providing online access to Board


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Somerville’s Multimodal Roadways Planning

Posted by a 8:09 pm on April 8, 2009

Thanks to the interdependence of everything, Barry Rafkind’s post Keep Big Brother ouf of Somerville has morphed into a discussion about whether or not traffic cameras can induce more folks to obey traffic laws (see comments starting from # 7). I’m saying that, with regards to the specific pedestrian safety issues that Steve Roix has worked gallently to solve, this speaks to a deeper need to create a signal timing plan…


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Dec. 9: Civil rights advocates ramp it up for accessible communities

Posted by a 7:04 pm on December 5, 2008

A focus group of Civil and DisAbilities Rights advocates will join with the longest-running TV Access producers group in the country during Civil Rights Week in MA to tackle the challenges of designing equal opportunity communities.


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JOE THE MAYOR’S IRRESOLUTE PLEDGE

Posted by a 12:11 am on November 12, 2008

On Martin Luther King day, January 15, 2006, during his introduction to invited speaker (then-candidate) MA Governor Deval Patrick in front of a full house at the East Somerville Community School, Mayor Joe Curtatone pledged to search far and wide in order to hire the very best possible staff leadership to implement the civil rights of constituents with disAbilities in Somerville… But meaningful change and independent choice still seems out of reach for some voters here in the ‘Ville.


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US Enabled Voters

Posted by a 8:59 pm on October 8, 2008

This week’s Somerville Journal includes an Op-Ed regarding our rights as voters. Voting is a fun community activity, and no voters should be steered to vote absentee-unless they prefer it that way (or will be out of town on the 4th). Here are 2 photos showing a polling site that was entirely inaccessible (right at the entrance), for wheelchair using voters of Ward 7, Precinct 2, during the Primary, September 16, 2008:


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Progressive Voices has been BUSY!

Posted by a 1:14 pm on August 20, 2008

Either that or I am getting behind…not sure which. Fred Berman and Bill Bumpus have three more programs of interest to S’Villans. First: Disabilities with guest Eileen Feldman, 2′nd: The History and Community Importance of Community Television with guest Wendy Blom. Exec. Dir. of SCAT and 3′rd: All about Green Jobs with guests Mary Jo Connelly and Laurie Leyshon. Check out their Video Blog to watch these and other Progressive Voices Programs. Progressive Voices… Mondays at 6pm on Somerville Community Access Television. Ch.3 on both the Comcast and RCN cable systems in Somerville.


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This day in Civil Rights history

Posted by a 9:39 pm on July 25, 2008

In the first week of May 2008, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone placed a “Welcome Desk” in the foyer of City Hall that utterly disregards MA Access Building Code. [snip] It seems that yesterday’s design standards are as tenacious as yesterday’s attitudes, even today: the 18th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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Somerville’s FY09 Budget trivializes Human Rights agenda

Posted by a 6:44 pm on July 19, 2008

I certainly agree with Barry’s post of 7/15/08 in this SomervilleVoices blog entitled, “City’s Commission Staffing Plan Hurts Human Services.” Three questions seem particularly germane to this issue: 1. Are Somerville’s municipal resources distributed equally and fairly to all residents? 2. Are all residents offered equal participation within public programs, without regard to differences in age, income, birth culture, abilities, religions, race, gender, job status, or city address? 3. Do certain Somerville residents experience social and economic inequities that would support the fuller engagement and investigation of the specialized Human Rights Commissions?


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Ward 7 Sidewalk Access Report, Endicott to Alewife along Broadway

Posted by a 8:37 pm on June 29, 2008

If a municipality’s Bus stops are unreachable and inaccessible, due to badly built street facilities, then its residents are restricted from accessing public transportation systems, etc..For some individuals, the challenges created by these issues cause them to be nearly or fully housebound.
Do you think such quality of life issues should continue to be put off until “tomorrow?” …


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National Council on DisAbility Seeks Your Input

Posted by a 11:12 pm on June 26, 2008

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is gathering public input for a study of emerging issues and trends affecting the lives of people with disabilities. Information gathered will be used in the development of NCD’s next annual progress report to the President and Congress, “National Disability Policy: A Progress Report,” which is required by Section 401(b) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


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From Davis to Teele Square, Holland Street sidewalks are inaccessible

Posted by a 9:10 pm on June 19, 2008

Today, 2 residents from the Community Access Project of Somerville (CAPS) took their digital levels and measuring tapes and perambulated down Holland Street. We checked both sides of the sidewalk, from Winter Street to the Traffic and Parking Building (133 Holland St.) and then went back to Davis Square via the other side


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WARD 7 ACCESS REPORT

Posted by a 10:11 pm on June 10, 2008

So, you are a blind pedestrian at Weston and Broadway and you need to cross after getting off the bus. Because there is no curbcut on the bus stop side of Weston to cross to Dickson, you cross Weston to the corner pictured below. You rely on the tactile strips to guide you straight into the crosswalk and to the curbcut exactly opposite. Now, here: how many steps will it take before you’re a smashed pumpkin at rush hour?


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Union Square Access Report, Pedestrian Signal

Posted by a 9:50 pm on

The Pedestrian Signal post at the raised island mid-crossing in Union Square, at Somerville and Washington Street is inaccessible to wheelchair-mobile pedestrians. The pedestrian-activated button is at least seven feet – 84 inches- away from the wheelchair pedestrian’s hand!


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Somerville Ave./ Milk Row Cemetery Access Report

Posted by a 9:47 pm on

The Milk Row Cemetery is a Historic Preservation Commission project, and its improvements triggered sidewalk accessibility improvements by 2005. Below is the copy of the complaint I submitted today. This is at least the third time this issue has been brought to the attention of the City ADA Coordinator in the past year.


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Union Square Citizen’s Bank Gaining Access!

Posted by a 11:01 pm on June 7, 2008

On Friday, June 6, 2008, the Union Square Citizen’s Bank began breaking up the large platform front step that has been dividing this Bank and its services from people with mobility restrictions. Barack Obama won the nomination in 16 months. This access project for just one public accommodation has taken over 18 months already…


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Union Square Access Report 06/03/08

Posted by a 7:42 pm on June 3, 2008

In the ordinary course of business, one notices accessible route problems throughout Union Square’s Somerville Reconstruction Project area. During construction, it is very important for the City to maintain continuous, unobstructed, level and safe sidewalks, as well as safe curbcuts and walkways for everyone.


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