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4/30/14 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Open House

Posted by a 9:42 pm on April 20, 2014

Streetscape changes can help and hinder residents and business owners in the Davis Square area. Those concerned should attend, listen, and make their views known. More…


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

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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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4/25/14 Screening: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change

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We need innovative solutions to the problems of transportation and infrastructure in today’s environmentally-stressed society. Come and view one solution. More…


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

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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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4/17/14 Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:04 pm on April 14, 2014

Agenda includes approval of a Complete Streets Ordinance to insure equal access for all users of the public ways. More…


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4/14/14 Lowell Street Station Area Plan Comment Period

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The Lowell Street area plan gives a preview of how the Lowell Street area might change over the next 15 years. Check it out and make your views known. More…


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Spotlight on the Green Line as a sustainable project

Posted by a 1:00 am on April 11, 2014

Metro Magazine: “Sustainable Service: Planning a Green(er) Line for Boston”
“One of the largest infrastructure projects in the commonwealth and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA’s) first expansion project in 25 years, the Green Line light rail service project in Boston is set to greatly improve sustainable public transit service in some of the region’s most densely populated municipalities.”


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4/23/14 Assembly Row Grand Opening Job Fair

Posted by a 9:42 pm on April 9, 2014

Federal Realty is sponsoring a Grand Opening job fair for some of the retailers opening this summer. The Assembly Row Grand Opening is in May. Representatives of retailers and restaurants will be there to accept applications. More…


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4/12/14 Somerville Sneak Peek: Assembly Row Open House

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Assembly Row is having its Grand Opening in May. Come and check it out. More…


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3/31/14 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:29 pm on March 30, 2014

Agenda includes discussing a proposed revision to SomerVision plan affordable housing goals, and a motion requesting SPCD to provide SomerVision updates twice a year showing progress in residential, affordable units, jobs, development in transformative areas, and other goals. More…


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Take a look at the public art finalists for the Green Line

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“How to make the Green Line beautiful” (Boston Globe)
“In December, with Green Line plans advancing, state Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey announced the T will again solicit art for stations, with a budget of $225,000. Artists this time won’t…


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Boston Globe on rents after the Green Line

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“In Somerville, Green Line Extension means higher rents”
“A two-bedroom apartment near Union Square with a current market rate of $2,000, for instance, could see an increase of $265 with the Green Line station opening in 2017, according to recent proje…


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Green Line Art Program Public Meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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4/8/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

Posted by a 9:07 pm on March 23, 2014

It is important that all concerned citizens provide input to the Union Square CAC and observe and understand the basis for their decisions. More…


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4/2/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

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It is important that all concerned citizens provide input to the Union Square CAC and observe and understand the basis for their decisions. More…


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3/25/14 Union Square Streetscape Walk-around

Posted by a 9:43 pm on March 17, 2014

Public input into design requirements are valuable inputs to the current efforts to select a Master Developer for Union Square. More…


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Videos of riding the future Green Line

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 13, 2014

All aboard! Check out these 3D simulations (published by MassDOT) of what it will look like to ride the Green Line Extension. Each video starts at the new Lechmere station, with the first going to College Ave and the second to Union Square. Is it open …


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Green Line Design/Construction Working Group meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 4-6 pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Senate passes bond bill including Green Line

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 8, 2014

Yesterday the Senate passed the Transportation Bond Bill, which includes authorization of $1.3 billion in state funding for the Green Line Extension. While that’s enough to cover the entire anticipated price tag of the project, the state is also submit…


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More coverage of Green Line in Obama’s budget

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 6, 2014

Somerville Journal: “Feds propose $100M for GLX in Somerville”
“Somerville owes thanks to President Obama and Congressman Michael Capuano for committing in this budget to economic and environmental justice for our residents and to smart, long-term infr…


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Green Line included in Obama’s budget proposal

Posted by a 12:00 am on March 5, 2014

Yesterday afternoon at a meeting with MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott, community leaders and advocates learned that the Federal government will recommend the Green Line Extension project for New Starts funding, including $100 million for fiscal year…


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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3/10/14, 3/11/14, 3/13/14 Master Developer Presentations to Somerville Redevelopment Authority

Posted by a 9:15 pm on March 2, 2014

The SRA selects the Master Developer for Union Square. It is important to know what questions it chooses to ask. Besides technical qualifications, the proposed approach to be taken by each Master Developer is important to the residents of Union Square, who will be affected by the changes, both positively and negatively. More…


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3/8/14, 3/9/14 Assembly Row Job Fair

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3/8/14, 3/9/14 Assembly Row Job Fair Sat. Mar 8 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sun. Mar. 9 2:00 – 7:00 PM East Somerville Community School Cafeteria 50 Cross Street Somerville MA (map) This is the second of two Assembly Row Job Fairs, featujring some of the 30 retailers and restaurants opening at Assembly Row. If you are a resident of Somerville or surrounding communities and wish to work at Assembly Row, come to the Job Fair. The first Job Fair, Mar. 1 and 2, was exclusively for residents of Somerville. For more information, see Assembly More…


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3/5/14, 3/11/14, 3/18/14 Master Developer Presentations to Union Square Civic Advisory Committee

Posted by a 9:06 pm on

The CAC recommends a Master Developer for Union Square to the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. It is important to know what questions it chooses to ask. Besides technical qualifications, the proposed approach to be taken by each Master Developer is important to the residents of Union Square, who will be affected by the changes, both positively and negatively. More…


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Simulation of riding the future Green Line

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 26, 2014

What will riding the Green Line extension look like? Check out this simulation of a ride from the new Lechmere station to College Ave, as shown at a Feb 24 public meeting. Randy Henke, Director of Design for AECOM/HNTB, provides the narration.


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GLX noise/walls: Broadway to Winthrop St

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 24, 2014

Monday, Feb 24, 6-8 pm
St. Clement School
579 Boston Ave, Medford (map)


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STEP meeting

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Monday, Feb 24, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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2/27/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:31 pm on February 23, 2014

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority, called to replace the 2/20/14 meeting, which could not be held because the meeting was noticed only on the cork board at City Hall and not on the City web site, as required by the new Open Meeting law. Agenda includes an update on the Everett casino and and update on Union Square. Special meetings are scheduled 3/4/14, 3/5/14, 3/6/14 to hear presentations from development firms. More…


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Report warns of potential housing cost increases with Green Line extension

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 13, 2014

Boston.com: “Report warns of rent hikes along Green Line route in Somerville”
“A report about the housing impact of extending the Green Line into Somerville is warning that rents could skyrocket by as much as 67 percent in some areas and put lower-income residents at risk of being displaced.”

Somerville Journal: “Study: GLX could jack up some rents in Somerville by up to 67 percent”
“That study confirmed concerns of many residents – that the promise of better transportation would likely drive up rents and increase the number of condos in the city, and that Somerville needs more affordable housing.”

ResiStat Somerville: “Getting ready for the Green Line: A look at housing and affordability”
“Fortunately, we haven’t waited in addressing these looming issues. The City has implemented a number of affordability initiatives and we are continually researching and developing new options. That’s why right now, community discussions on affordability are currently underway.”

See for yourself: Download the full report.

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2/19/14 Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:57 pm on February 9, 2014

The City will present an executive summary of the ten master development proposals. This meeting is open to the public. More…


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2/10/14 Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

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The City will present an overview of the Union Square redevelopment issues, including the SomerVision comprehensive plan, the Union Square Revitalization Plan, and the Green Line extension. This meeting is open to the public. More…


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Report and workshop on neighborhood impacts of Green Line

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 8, 2014

Boston.com: “New report to be released on neighborhood change stimulated by Green Line extension”
“As Somerville’s appeal continues to grow and more young professionals and families look to Somerville as a place to live, work, play and raise a family, …


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GLX noise/walls: Glass Factory Condos/Lechmere

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 4, 2014

Tuesday, Feb 4, 6-8 pm
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second St, Cambridge (map)


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2/20/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:12 pm on February 2, 2014

Agenda likely includes an update on the Everett casino and possible presentations from one or more master developers for Union Square. There may need to be a special meeting to hear presentations from development firms. More…


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 27, 2014

Monday, Jan 27, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Will Somerville residents get jobs on the GLX?

Posted by a 10:20 pm on January 23, 2014

Will Sville residents get jobs on the Green Line extension? Check out this excerpt from Somerville Neighborhood News #6.…


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Somerville Neighborhood News #6 – Jan. 14 2014

Posted by a 10:19 pm on

January 14, 2014 — Inauguration of the mayor, aldermen and school committee, homework at the high school, raising the first American flag, a program that promises good, local jobs during the Green Line extension (rerun) and homelessness (rerun). These stories and more…


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GLX noise/walls: Lowell St to Broadway

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 22, 2014

Wednesday, Jan 22, 6-8 pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Public art sought for Green Line

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MassDOT and the MBTA are looking for artists who’d like to apply to contribute public art to the future Green Line stations. They’ve released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) focused first on the Lechmere, Union Square, and Washington St stations, an…


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GLX noise/walls: Medford St to Lowell St

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 15, 2014

Wednesday, Jan 15, 6-8 pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Noise and retaining walls coming along with Green Line

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Somerville Journal: “New noise barriers coming for train tracks in Somerville”
“Because the existing commuter rail must be moved over to make room for the Green Line tracks, workers will have to cut into the dirt slopes on either side, necessitating …


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GLX noise/walls: Washington St to Medford St

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 14, 2014

Tuesday, Jan 14, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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1/14/14 – 2/5/14 Green Line Extension Project Meetings

Posted by a 9:40 pm on January 12, 2014

If you live within one of the areas being affected, you should attend the relevant meeting to learn what is proposed in your neighborhood. More…


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

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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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2/17/14 (ends) Comment Period for DEIR for Wynn Everett Project

Posted by a 9:35 pm on

The Wynn casino project in Everett can improve the tax base of Everett, but the planned 400 foot building will have substantial impact on Somerville traffic and cause glare across the river both day and night. More…


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MassDOT releases five-year investment plan with Green Line extension

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 10, 2014

The draft of the $12.4 billion capital investment plan by Gov. Patrick’s administration includes $1.3 billion for the Green Line extension. It’s a blueprint and although there’s no guarantee that all the projects in the plan will get funding, it’s a …


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GLX noise/walls: Inner Belt/Brickbottom/Union Square

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 8, 2014

Wednesday, Jan 8, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Somerville Patch: Impact on Green Line abutters

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“Green Line Planners in Discussions with Track Abutters”
“There are about 470 parcels of private property along the MBTA’s right-of-way that will be directly affected by construction of the Green Line in Cambridge, Somerville and Medford….Of those, m…


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12/16/13 Inner Belt/Brickbottom Planning Open House

Posted by a 9:57 pm on December 15, 2013

The Somerville Planning Department is sponsoring an Open House regarding changes to the Inner Belt/Brickbottom area. The Inner Belt/Brickbottom area is one of very few transformational areas left in Somerville. It is also very close to the Green Line tracks. More…


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

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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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Beat Report: 12/12/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:04 pm on December 12, 2013

City not getting cooperation from casino developer (WIN) and may have to apply itself for designation as affected community in 10 days after WIN files 12/31/13. Partners Healthcare is coming with 4500 jobs and 700K s.f. of office space. Aggressive schedule (2016). No R&D yet. City wants to look at rest of site (>60 acres). FRIT has gone live with a jobs web site with all the jobs in Assembly Row. They are being very cooperative. The City is contracting with a local agency for job training. City has an RFQ for a Master Developer for Union Square. Response is due Jan. 31, hope to decide by April 1. More…


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12/12/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 10:46 pm on December 10, 2013

Agenda includes an update on the Everett Casino, Partners Health Care, local hiring efforts in Assembly Square, and the Union Square Master Developer. More…


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The Green Line’s potential impact on Somerville

Posted by a 12:00 am on December 6, 2013

Boston Globe: “Somerville poised to grow along Green Line”
“Curtatone said the Green Line extension is not the city’s panacea. But the mayor – who recently announced a drop in property taxes for residents because of business growth – said the new subwa…


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Tufts University’s Tax Exemption, Silver Medal for Bikeability, High Schooler Gets ESPN’s Attention

Posted by a 1:24 pm on November 27, 2013

Somerville Neighborhood News – Nov. 26 episode now posted

Wonder how much Tufts would owe the City of Somerville if it had to pay real estate taxes? Curious…


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Motor vehicle pollution a major contributor to American deaths

Posted by a 12:00 am on

Two recent independent studies now suggest that simply living near major roadways and breathing harmful emissions from motor vehicles might be an even greater threat to U.S. health than accidents are. Read more.


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11/18/13 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting Notes

Posted by a 6:25 pm on November 24, 2013

The streets, sidewalks and ground floor retail on the four mixed use blocks will have their grand opening Memorial Day 2014. The new Orange Line T-stop is slated to open in July or so. According to Federal Realty, a grocery store at the IKEA site is not off the table. More…


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Green Line extension plans – as far back as 1923

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From the 1923 “Annual Report of the Public Trustees of the Boston Elevated Railway”:

“Looking elsewhere to the north, the present transfer station at Lechmere Square, itself part of a decided improvement in the former service between Boston and Cambri…


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Union Sq. Revisioning Mtg. 11/18/13

Posted by a 12:54 pm on November 19, 2013

I attended the first hour of last night’s Union Square revisioning meeting, a reach-out to the community for input on what we’d like to see Union Square ultimately look like as development and infrastructure upgrades proceed in 2014-2015. More…


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on November 18, 2013

Monday, Nov 18, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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11/18/13 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:07 pm on November 4, 2013

ASPAC meetings provide a venue for communicating directly with the major developer of Assembly Square. More…


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11/18/13 Union Square Streetscape Project Kickoff Meeting

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Union Square is a key economic hub in Somerville, surrounded by residential neighborhoods that must coexist with it. More…


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11/14/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 6:03 pm on

Agenda includes Assembly Square update, Casino update, and Union Square master developer RFQ. More…


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11/13/13 MassDOT Meeting on McGrath Corridor Improvements

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The McGrath Corridor includes a flyover that cuts Somerville in pieces. It was originally a boulevard and should be a boulevard again. More…


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on October 28, 2013

Monday, Oct 28, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Slides from Green Line Design Working Group meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on October 16, 2013

Download this PDF for a good update on the Green Line Extension project, including upcoming design and construction milestones and the federal New Starts funding process.


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10/10/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 5:02 pm on October 6, 2013

Agenda not available. Current issues include Union Square takings, major change to Assembly Square urban renewal plan. More…


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Green Line Design Working Group meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on October 3, 2013

Thursday, Oct 3, 6-7:30 pm
51 Winthrop St, Tufts University, Medford (map)


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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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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on September 30, 2013

Monday, Sept 30, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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10/26/13 MVTF 2013 Annual Meeting Announcement

Posted by a 10:08 pm on September 29, 2013

Assembly Square is transforming. The new Baxter State Park along the Mystic between Route 38 and Draw 7 Park has opened. The Orange Line T-Stop is framed in, and Federal Realty and Avalon Bay have walls up on mixed-use developments on the river side of the site. More…


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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, Comprehensive Plan, Davis Square, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Mystic River, Red Line, Transportation, Transportation Projects | No Comments »

State commits $393 million for first three Green Line stations

Posted by a 1:00 am on September 26, 2013

The Green Line Extension is one step closer to reality! The MassDOT Board unanimously approved a $393 million Intergovernmental Service Agreement (ISA) with the MBTA that will construct three new stations (Lechmere, Washington St, and Union Square). Th…


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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 »

9/9/13, 9/10/13, 9/11/13 Somerville by Design: Davis Square Design Charrette

Posted by a 7:40 pm on September 8, 2013

The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is sponsoring a two-day intensive design charrette on the future of Davis Square. Participating in this design charrette is a way to influence how Davis Square develops and changes over the coming years. More…


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1945 map of expanded MBTA

Posted by a 1:00 am on

We love this 1945 vision of an expanded MBTA, with tiny drawings of each imagined station. Imagine if the envisioned line through Somerville had been built back then? View large map.


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To My Fellow Cyclists

Posted by a 12:03 am on September 6, 2013

I write this letter as an enthusiastic bicyclist, to my fellow cyclists. Cyclists frequently complain, “We don’t get no respect.” Well, if you want respect, you start by deserving it.


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STEP’s letter to MassDOT on the Green Line

Posted by a 1:00 am on August 30, 2013

Comments submitted by STEP on the 2014-2017 State Transportation Improvement Plan

The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP) appreciates the opportunity to make comments on the 2014-2017 STIP. We believe that the funding in the STIP to e…


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on August 26, 2013

Monday, Aug 26, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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8/20/13 Somerville Bicycle Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:29 pm on August 18, 2013

Agenda includes an update on the Beacon Street reconstruction. More…


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8/22/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes an ordinance amending the zoning map to place additional land in Union Square and on Prospect Hill into the CCD-55 Zoning District. The Planning Board holds public hearings, provides recommendations to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Aldermanic committees, and grants permits for special districts, such as Planned Unit Developments. More…


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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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Inspiration for a Union Square Transit Hub

Posted by a 5:56 pm on July 31, 2013

Special for Union Square Main Streets by Adrienne Mathews Perhaps you’ve heard? The Green Line is coming to Union Square! After some delay, we expect its arrival in 2016. The land has been purchased, station designs prepared, and rail track … Continue reading


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Key construction firm selected for Green Line

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 29, 2013

Somerville Patch: “Construction Firm Hired for Green Line Extension”
“White Skanska Kiewit has been selected as the construction manager-general contractor for the Green Line Extension….White Skanska Kiewit is a join venture among J.F.White Contracti…


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Beat Report: 7/21/13 Snaps of Assembly Square and Somerville

Posted by a 3:13 pm on July 28, 2013

Assembly Square development has been going on as we speak. Here are some snaps of key locations. More…


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 22, 2013

Monday, July 22, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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7/25/13 Boston Region MPO Meetings

Posted by a 9:40 pm on July 21, 2013

The Boston MPO is holding back-to-back meetings on the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and on Long Range-Transportation Plan (LRTP) Amendments. The UPWP and the LRTP cover all transportation funding opportunities in Massachusetts, short-term and long-term. If a project does not appear in the MPO transportation documents, it will not happen. More…


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$26 million more funding for Green Line Extension

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 19, 2013

Boston Globe: “MassDOT approves another $26m for Green Line Extension”
“The board approved the funding, which will be used for work on preliminary construction management design, surveying, and noise and vibration studies.”


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Green Line map updated with new station plans and 3D renderings

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 15, 2013

STEP’s map of the Green Line Extension has been updated to include many new 3D renderings and site plans as presented by MassDOT during public workshops in June. While these station designs aren’t final, they’re getting closer. Click on a station loc…


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7/17/13 Citizenship and Governance in Somerville

Posted by a 9:21 pm on July 14, 2013

The Somerville Public Library and the Welcome project are sponsoring a discussion with Tufts Professor Susan A. Ostrander about how “beneath current high levels of engagement by Somerville residents lies a struggle about who should be the city’s elected leaders and how they should conduct the city’s affairs.”


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7/17/13, 7/30/13 Somerville by Design: Davis Square

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The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is holding two Visioning sessions on the future of East Somerville. More sessions will be held in September and October. Visioning sessions are an important means for Davis Square residents and other stakeholders to participate in the planning process. Come and make your views known. More…


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7/16/13, 7/29/13 Somerville by Design: East Somerville

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The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is holding two Visioning sessions on the future of East Somerville. Visioning sessions are an important means for East Somerville residents and other stakeholders to participate in the planning process. Come and make your views known. More…


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7/10/13 Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project Public Information Meeting

Posted by a 6:14 pm on July 7, 2013

Both Cambridge and Somerville will be affected by the lane shifts and closures. If your commute requires traversing the bridge and the roads that feed into it, you should attend this meeting. More…


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Gov. Patrick rejects transportation finance proposal

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 2, 2013

Boston Globe: “Patrick proposes bigger gas tax in transit plan”
In rejecting the transportation financing measure the Legislature sent him, Patrick countered with a proposal to further increase the gas tax in 2017 if Massachusetts Turnpike tolls expire as scheduled….”I have said I would accept the Legislature’s $800 million a year as a big step forward, so long as that number is real. This bill does not achieve that,” Patrick said.

WBUR: “Patrick Seeks Change In Transportation Bill”

Boston Magazine: “Gov. Patrick Shoots Down Latest Transportation Funding Proposal”


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Photos of Assembly Square T station construction

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 1, 2013

Construction of the new Orange Line station at Assembly Square is moving quickly, as the following photos from Wig Zamore show. These were taken in May and June. Click for more.


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Somerville News: New Lechmere station design

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 27, 2013

Boston Globe: “New Lechmere Station design unveiled”
“Lechmere Station, which is on the green line, is going to be relocated to a new area in order to make more room for passengers at the platform. Located in East Cambridge, this MBTA station is an imp…


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Legislature passes transportation funding, likely inadequate

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Boston Globe: “State lawmakers approve transportation funding plan; Patrick threatens veto”
“State legislators have voted to approve a compromise transportation funding plan that will raise taxes to fund investment in the state’s transportation department, but Governor Deval Patrick said the amount raised by the bill is not enough.”


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7/18/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:04 pm on June 23, 2013

These are two scheduled meetings of the BOA Land Use Committee, one at 6 PM and another at 7 PM. Agenda at 6 PM includes discussing a zoning amendment to separate supermarkets from other retail in the zoning code, and another to add Medical Marijuana Treatment Facility to the table of land use categories. Agenda at 7 PM includes processing a zoning amendment, currently withdrawn, to permit a ground floor supermarket that exceeds the Ground Level Retail Size Cap in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District. More…


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Notes from College Ave station design meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 21, 2013

From MGNA

Here are some notes from Thursday night’s design update meeting for the College Avenue Station on the Green Line Extension, attended by about 75 people at St. Clement School in Medford.

Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn welcomed the attendees and said the pre-meeting feedback he received from residents viewing the designs on display were that they wanted the station to tie in more with the architecture of Tufts University and the surrounding area, and were concerned about the height of the station, bridge and pedestrian walkway, and with who would maintain the walkway. He also said he would like the history of the community to be reflected in the station, such as the brickmaking in the area and Stearns Village. Read more…

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College Ave station design meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 20, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 6-8 pm
St. Clement School
579 Boston Ave, Medford (map)


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Notes from Lechmere station design meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 19, 2013

From MGNA…

Here are some notes from Tuesday night’s design update meeting for the new Lechmere Station on the Green Line Extension, attended by about 130 people at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

Representatives from the project management…


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Lechmere station design meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 18, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 6-8 pm
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second St, Cambridge (map)


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 17, 2013

Monday, June 17, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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6/25/13 Sullivan Square Disposition Study Meeting

Posted by a 8:52 pm on June 16, 2013

This is a public planning and visioning exercise to determine the character of new development and open space in Sullivan Square. Sullivan Square is an important area for Somerville citizens living just over the border. More…


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6/18/13, 6/20/13 Green Line Extension Station Design Updates

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These station designs should integrate well with your neighborhoods. Go and see that they do.


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State will design entire Community Path as part of Green Line Extension

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 14, 2013

Good news on the Community Path! During Tuesday’s station design meeting about Washington St and Union Square, the Green Line Extension design team announced that they will design the entire Community Path extension all the way to NorthPoint in Cambrid…


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Washington & Union Square stations design meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 11, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Notes from Washington St & Union Square stations design meeting

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From MGNA…

Here are some notes from Tuesday night’s design update meeting for the Washington Street and Union Square stations on the Green Line Extension, attended by about 85 people at the Somerville Holiday Inn.

Representatives from the project m…


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Union Square properties purchased for Green Line station

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 7, 2013

Somerville Journal: “Somerville board acquires land for Green Line Extension”
“City officials paid a total of $4.5 million for the North Prospect Block properties, which are bordered by Prospect St. on the west, Somerville Ave. in the north, behind the…


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Somerville Journal: Gilman & Lowell St station meetings

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 6, 2013

“MBTA unveils designs for Gilman and Lowell St. stations in Somerville Green Line expansion”
“We aim to reestablish Gilman Square as a transit-focused civic, residential, and commercial location,” Deborah Fennick told meeting attendees. The architect at Fennick & McCreadie Architecture, the firm that designed the station, noted that Gilman Square had a railway service until the 1940s.


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Notes from Gilman Square & Lowell St stations design meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 5, 2013

From MGNA…

Here are some notes from Tuesday night’s design update meeting for the Gilman Square and Lowell Street stations on the Green Line Extension, attended by about 90 people at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville.

Representa…


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Gillman & Lowell stations design meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 4, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 6-8 pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Report from Ball Square station design meeting

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From MGNA…

Green Line Extension project officials unveiled a slightly relocated and reconfigured Ball Square Station design Monday night in the first of five station design update meetings taking place this month.

A final design consultant team led…


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Greenline Station Planning Meeting June 11

Posted by a 1:38 pm on June 3, 2013

MassDOT and the MBTA will host five public meetings over three weeks in June to provide the Cambridge, Somerville and Medford communities with updates on station designs for the Green Line Extension Project. The meeting for the Union Square and … Continue reading


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Ball Square station design meeting

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Monday, June 3, 6-8 pm
St. Clement School
579 Boston Ave, Medford (map)


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6/18/13, 6/20/13 Green Line Extension Station Design Updates

Posted by a 7:49 pm on June 2, 2013

MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting five public meetings to provide updates on certain Green Line Extension station designs. These station designs should integrate well with your neighborhoods. Go and see that they do. More…


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6/11/13 Green Line Extension Station Design Updates

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MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting five public meetings to provide updates on certain Green Line Extension station designs. These station designs should integrate well with your neighborhoods. Go and see that they do. More…


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6/6/13 MassDOT Design Meeting on McGrath Highway Bridge over Gilman Street

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Proposal is to replace the existing three-span bridge with a one-span bridge. Two sidewalks are proposed, and a section of Gilman Street will be reconstructed. Acquisitions and easements may be required. More…


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6/4/13, 6/5/13 Forums on Ethanol Trains through Cambridge and Somerville

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The Cambridge legislative delegation is holding two public forums about a plan proposed by Global Partners to transport ethanol through Cambridge, Somerville, and Chelsea using the existing rail system. The ethanol trains may be a mile long and contain up to a million gallons of hot-burning, hard-to-extinguish ethanol. Far better to transport it by barge from Albany NY. More…


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STEP’s letter to conference committee on transportation finance

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 30, 2013

Comments on H.3382, An Act relative to transportation finance

The Honorable Conference Committee Members:

I am writing as a citizen of the Commonwealth and as President of the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP) to urge you to provide…


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5/28/13 Somerville by Design – East Somerville

Posted by a 9:01 pm on May 26, 2013

Broadway from Winter Hill to East Somerville initiative was presented last year. It is time to extend this initiative further into East Somerville. More…


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Boston Globe: Green Line Extension progress

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 22, 2013

“Green Line Extension moves toward key milestones”
“Although federal funding remains up in the air, state Transportation Secretary Richard Davey has remained committed to fully funding the entire project….If the state loses out on a federal New Start…


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Poynton Roadway Scheme Still Looking Good

Posted by a 4:23 pm on May 21, 2013

It seems to have been more than an infatuation with the new fangled. The people of Poynton in the UK who got rid of their traffic signals and curbs for a shared roadway scheme are still in love. The businesses … Continue reading


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Happy birthday STEP

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STEP’s 10th year anniversary party & annual meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 20, 2013

Monday, May 20, 7-9 pm
Precinct
70 Union Square (map)


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5/21/13 Somerville by Design – Davis Square

Posted by a 9:51 pm on May 19, 2013

Somerville prepared the Davis Square Action plan 30 years ago when the T came in to Davis Square. The results need to be updated.


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Celebrate STEP’s 10th anniversary!

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 17, 2013

STEP

Ten years ago STEP came into existence to advocate for better transportation options in Somerville. One big focus was to ensure that the Commonwealth meets its legal obligation to construct the Green Line Extension. While we are still not able to board the Green Line in Somerville, progress is being made and we will continue to work toward its completion. A new Orange Line Station will open at Assembly Square in 2014, the first new transit station in the region in 25 years.

We want to extend a special invitation to you for your advocacy and work on the Green Line Extension and other important Somerville transportation improvements to celebrate our anniversary with us on May 20th – at Precinct in Union Square (back room) 7:30 – 9:00 pm for music, appetizers, and cash bar.

Before the festivities, we will hold our annual meeting from 7:00 – 7:30 to vote in steering committee officers for the coming year, pay annual dues, and other administrative business.


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Grounding McGrath recommendations

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 15, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 pm
Argenziano School
290 Washington St (map)


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Groundbreaking for Community Path extension

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 14, 2013

Many were on hand Monday to celebrate the extension from Cedar Street to Lowell Street. Construction is scheduled for completion in fall 2013.


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Green Line Extension open house

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 9, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 5-7 pm
GLX Project Office, 2nd floor
100 Summer St, Boston (map)


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5/16/13 Joint Public Hearing of Planning Board and Land Use Committee

Posted by a 7:59 pm on May 6, 2013

The key issue is allowing a larger supermarket in Assembly Square at a location that should be dedicated to high-rise office and R&D space.More…


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5/9/13 Green Line Extension Open House

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The Open House provides an opportunity to tour the new office, meet the GLX project team, get project updates, and provide feedback on the current state of the project. More…


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Green Line bridge construction underway

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Phase I work is underway, including utility work and excavation support work northeast of Harvard Street Bridge in Medford.


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on April 29, 2013

Tuesday, April 29, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Tell legislators you want a real solution for transportation financing!

Posted by a 1:00 am on April 8, 2013

It is a critical time to let your legislators know that you want a real solution to the state’s transportation finance situation to address current fiscal needs, meet needed Chapter 90 funds for cities and towns, address state of good repair needs, p…


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4/8/13 – 4/11/13 Comment on Transportation Bond Bills

Posted by a 9:29 pm on April 7, 2013

The Green Line Extension and Assembly Square T-Stop may be at risk if inadequate funding is provided. Make your views known. More…


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Great perspectives on the transportation funding challenge

Posted by a 1:00 am on April 6, 2013

Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance: “Half a loaf: the Legislature’s transportation plan”
“I believed that we had the chance to set a visionary course for a post-Big Dig transportation system. It’s like having the opportunity to invest in an exciting new business, but instead you just pay off one of your credit cards.”

Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center: “The Joint Ways & Means Transportation Proposal”

Conservation Law Foundation: “MA Transportation Funding Framework: More (or really less) to the supposedly budget-minded proposal than meets the eye”
“The framework would not cover the maintenance of our transportation system, nor keep it in a state of good repair, let alone allow for any investment in modernization.”

CommonWealth Magazine: “Fear and loathing on the tax trail”
“Census data show that, as a share of their income, Massachusetts residents pay an exceedingly average tax bill. The Bay State’s overall tax bill falls squarely in the middle of the 50 states.”

State Senator Pat Jehlen’s newsletter
“I believe the Green Line Extension will be built anyway because it is legally required under the legal agreement between the state and Conservation Law Foundation to mitigate the Big Dig, and under the State Improvement Plan which is enforceable by the federal government under the Clean Air Act. But if we don’t have an adequate plan to get to a state of good repair, the federal government will turn down our application for $550 million in federal New Starts money. As I told the Globe, that will leave the state to pick up the whole $1.3 billion tab, leaving little for other projects or other needed repairs.”


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More coverage of inadequate transportation funding plan, including potential veto

Posted by a 1:00 am on April 4, 2013

Boston Globe: “Legislative transportation plan puts Green Line grant at risk, MBTA says”
“State House News Service reported that Patrick administration officials were warning that the legislative plan would eventually force ‘steep’ fare and toll hikes …


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Legislative plan could endanger Green Line funding

Posted by a 1:00 am on April 3, 2013

Boston Globe: “MBTA: Legislative transit plan would cost $500 million in Green Line project funding”
“The proposal released yesterday does not appear to provide funding for the MBTA’s ‘state of good repair,’ work, meaning the Federal Transit Administra…


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State legislature puts forward “woefully inadequate” transportation funding plan

Posted by a 1:00 am on April 2, 2013

Boston Globe: “Mass. legislative leaders unveil $500m tax plan to shore up transportation system”
The plan, while it represents a significant tax increase, falls far short of the $1.9 billion tax hike that Governor Deval Patrick has been seeking and wo…


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Express Yourself on Transportation Funding for Massachusetts

Posted by a 6:59 pm on March 27, 2013

Legislators on Beacon Hill are making important decisions this week about how much to invest in our state’s transportation system. They need to hear that we want them to solve our transportation funding crisis for the long term and to … Continue reading


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The Library Grows – Up?

Posted by a 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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State wants to throw out Green Line lawsuit

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Boston Globe: “State looks to have Green Line Extension lawsuit thrown out”
The state is seeking to have a lawsuit against the Green Line Extension Project thrown out, arguing that its main complaints surround a portion of the project that has not been…


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3/15/13 – 4/9/13 Comment Period for Union Square Urban Revitalization Plan ENF

Posted by a 8:55 pm on March 24, 2013

Remediation of contaminated industrial areas in the Union Square area has been an issue. It may be in your interest to comment on the Environmental Notification Form. More…


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Green Line Phase 1 construction ramps up

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 20, 2013

Somerville News: “MBTA gets set to lay tracks”
“Contractor Barletta Heavy Division will start work this month on the first phase of the long-awaited project….An important first step in the $1.3 billion mass transit project, Phase One takes care of …


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Polls find voters open to revenues for transportation improvements

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 14, 2013

“Massachusetts voters see the potential benefits of raising additional revenue for transportation improvements and are open to several possible sources of revenue, according to a report on a series of polls and focus groups released today by MassINC an…


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Meet the Green Line construction firm

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Thursday, March 14, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Gov. Patrick files transportation bond bill, including Green Line Extension

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 13, 2013

The bond bill includes over $1.3 billion “for the purpose of implementing the Green Line Extension improvements; provided, that funds may be used for transportation planning, design, permitting and engineering, acquisition of interests in land, vehicle…


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Abutters’ meeting on Phase 1 Green Line construction

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 12, 2013

Summary from our friends at Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance…
Phase I of the project consists of three main elements: reconstruction of the rail bridges over Harvard Street in Medford and over Medford Street in Somerville to accommodate the e…


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STEP meeting

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Tuesday, March 12, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Transportation Secretary defends Green Line Extension

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 6, 2013

Boston Globe: “Davey defends transportation plan, renews commitment to Green Line extension”
On the Green Line extension, a project that broke ground last year and intends to extend the line through Somerville to a terminal stop in Medford by 2020, Dav…


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Transportation finance forum

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Wednesday, March 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
Century Bank
400 Mystic Ave, Medford (map)


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Green Line abutters meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 7 pm
St. Clement School cafeteria
579 Boston Ave, Medford (map)


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3/11/13 Ethanol Transport Draft Findings Public Informational Meeting

Posted by a 8:12 pm on March 3, 2013

Trains carrying large amounts of flammable alcohol would pass through Somerville, including Porter Square, Brickbottom, East Broadway, and Assembly Square. More…


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3/5/13 Beacon Street Public Meeting

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This project is controversial because the proposed cycle track could remove parking spaces. More…


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3/6/13 Transportation Finance Forum

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The state’s transportation infrastructure is long overdue for repairs and maintenance. Come to this forum to learn what options are on the table. More…


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State Senator Pat Jehlen on transportation

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Somerville Journal: “Transportation key to Somerville’s future”
“We now have a unique opportunity to restore our transportation system and we must not let it pass. With crumbling roads and bridges, severely outdated MBTA vehicles, and the specter of fu…


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Assembly Square T stop under construction

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 27, 2013

Here’s a recent photo showing the Orange Line tracks temporarily diverted while the station construction gets underway.


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The Beacon Street Cycle Track: False Promises of Cycling Safety and a Burden on the Neighborhood

Posted by a 8:07 pm on February 24, 2013

Another public meeting for Beacon Street Reconstruction meeting is coming on up on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00pm in the Argenziano School cafetorium (290 Washington Street). I strongly urge all with an interest in the…


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Green Line Extension status report

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 20, 2013

MassDOT’s February status report for the Green Line Extension is out, and MGNA has written up a great summary:

Phase I Construction
The MBTA issued a Notice to Proceed to Barletta Heavy Construction on January 31, 2013. The contractor will be introduc…


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2/20/13 Innovative Finance: Creative Options to Fund Transportation in Massachusetts

Posted by a 8:48 pm on February 18, 2013

Massachusetts public transportation is perpetually strapped for cash. Innovative financing options might help. More…


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Grounding McGrath Working Group meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 13, 2013

Wednesday, Feb 13, 4-6 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Shared Roadway IS Possible for High Traffic Centers

Posted by a 3:16 pm on February 11, 2013

Back when Union Square developed Washington Street and Somerville very much blurred.  There were no distinct sidewalks or roadways, just a big open space where wagons, cars, trolleys and pedestrians are moved through, sharing that common space. In the intervening … Continue reading


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Somerville by Design concepts for Ball, Magoun, and Gilman Squares

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 10, 2013

The City of Somerville has posted the presentation from last month’s Somerville by Design meeting, including sketches and renderings based on community input. Download the presentation.


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2/6/13 Public Hearing on Ethanol Train Routes

Posted by a 12:06 am on February 6, 2013

Ethanol trains carrying large amounts of flammable liquid would pass through Somerville, including right by Brickbottom, East Broadway and Assembly Square. More…


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on February 4, 2013

Monday, Feb 4, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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2/11/13, 3/18/13, 4/22/13 Somerville By Design: Complete Streets Series

Posted by a 7:43 pm on February 3, 2013

Agenda includes a presentation by Ian Lockwood and opportunities for citizen input ranging from spot improvements to larger scale network visioning. More…


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City Meetings on Roadway Improvements

Posted by a 5:04 pm on January 31, 2013

From the City of Somerville: We are pleased to announce the next series of Somerville by Design: the Complete Streets series.  To achieve our SomerVision Comprehensive Plan goals, and to compliment the Green Line station area plans developed by the &#…


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1/31/13 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:52 pm on January 30, 2013

Agenda includes two buildings on block 2 of Assembly Square. One is a food-service building and the other is a mixed-use building with retail and office uses. More…


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Somerville Citizen Transportation Update

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On SCATV, Wig Zamore, representing STEP, MVTF, MBTA ROC, and Logan CAC and Health Study, speaks with Ellin Reisner, President of STEP, and Lynn Weissman, Co-President of Friends of the Community Path about the progress of various transportation project…


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Medford obstructionists file lawsuit over Green Line Extension

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 29, 2013

Be sure the read the comments on the following articles. The vast majority of area residents want the Green Line!

Boston Globe: “Medford residents file suit over Green Line Extension”
“Medford residents Bill Wood and Carolyn Rosen have sued the state …


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 28, 2013

Monday, Jan 28, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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2/4/13 Beacon Street Reconstruction MassDOT Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:12 pm on January 27, 2013

Bicycle advocates turned out to the first meetings in support of a dedicated cycle track, which is opposed by neighborhood businesses. More…


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1/28/13 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #4

Posted by a 6:14 pm on

Bicycle advocates turned out to the first meetings in support of a dedicated cycle track, which is opposed by neighborhood businesses More…


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Gov. Patrick’s transportation plan is good news for the Green Line extension

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 15, 2013

Somerville Patch: “Patrick Presents Ambitious Transportation Plan With Green Line Implications”
“The federal government, in accepting the Green Line Extension into the first stages of its New Starts program, which could fund much of the project, said o…


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Gov. Patrick’s transportation plan is good news for the Green Line extension

Posted by a 12:00 am on

Somerville Patch: “Patrick Presents Ambitious Transportation Plan With Green Line Implications”
“The federal government, in accepting the Green Line Extension into the first stages of its New Starts program, which could fund much of the project, said o…


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1/24/13 Joint Public Hearing by Planning Board and Land Use Committee

Posted by a 8:16 pm on January 13, 2013

If a grocery store is built at the IKEA site, it should be on the first floor of a multi-story, high-value R&D building, otherwise the location is underutilized.


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Inspiring vision of the future comes from Somerville By Design

Posted by a 12:00 am on January 9, 2013

Somerville By Design

On Jan 8, city planners presented the results of the Somerville By Design process, envisioning future neighborhoods that will be getting new Green Line stops. The focus was Gilman Square, Lowell Street and Ball Square stations.

Somerville Journal: “Somerville planners outline walkable city vision”
The design strategy and process was outlined by DC resident and author of “Walkable City,” Jeff Speck, Principal at Speck & Associates and a consultant to the city helping to design new mixed-use, transit-oriented, walkable neighborhoods. Displaying photos from a chic walkway in Amsterdam to a blighted streetscape in Las Vegas, Speck said Somerville is already well on its way to becoming America’s most walkable city, as Mayor Joe Curtatone envisions.

Somerville Scout: “Somerville’s proposed Green Line makeover”
George Proakis, Somerville’s planning director, introduced Speck to more than 100 attendees at the Tuesday night gathering. “I’m incredibly impressed with the turnout,” Proakis says, adding that it’s extremely important for the community to shape the future of neighborhoods potentially affected by the proposed Green Line extension.

Somerville Patch: “Magoun Square Could Get ‘Naked’ … in a City Planning Kind of Way”
A “naked intersection” in Magoun Square, a tower in Gilman Square and a new bridge lined with storefronts in Ball Square: Those were some of the ideas presented Tuesday night for the future of those city squares.


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1/10/13 Assembly Square PAC Meeting

Posted by a 8:59 pm on January 6, 2013

Federal Realty has acquired the IKEA site and is considering placing a grocery there. We need to preserve upper-story R&D space at the site as well as choose a good grocer.


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Latest Community Path design

Posted by a 12:00 am on December 19, 2012

Download the presentation from the Dec 11 public meeting, which shows the proposed route of the Path from Lowell St to Inner Belt.

Somerville News: “A large turnout gathers for discussion of the Community Path and GLX”


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Report Shows Non-Car Customers are Better for Small Businesses

Posted by a 1:13 pm on December 18, 2012

Small business owners worry that without lots of parking spaces available immediately outside their business their sales will drop.  As the City of Somerville this past summer repurposed curbside parking spaces for bike corrals, some business owners m…


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Great summary of the transportation funding challenges and solutions

Posted by a 12:00 am on December 15, 2012

James Aloisi’s three short articles have excellent background information on our state’s increasingly dire transportation finance crisis, as well as thoughtful proposed solutions that go well beyond previous efforts that merely kicked the can down the …


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Bikes on Sidewalks Subject of Advocates

Posted by a 12:43 pm on December 14, 2012

Our recent post on possible changes to pedestrian signalization in Somerville attracted the attention of Greg Hill.  He shared this video, shot here in Union Square and in Davis. It shows bikes on the sidewalks in these busy commercial districts ̷…


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Mayor Curtatone on the Green Line Extension

Posted by a 12:00 am on

Somerville News: “For the Green Line, a milestone; for Assembly Square, an upgrade”
“Despite the delays and the doubters, despite all the foot-dragging and hand-wringing by opponents of transportation investment, the people of this city have won a majo…


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Photos from the Green Line construction kickoff

Posted by a 12:00 am on December 13, 2012

Representative Denise Provost


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Kickoff ceremony for Green Line Extension construction!

Posted by a 12:00 am on December 12, 2012

A good day for Somerville! Politicians, residents, and businesses gathered yesterday to celebrate the kickoff of Phase 1 construction of the Green Line Extension.

“Today, we’re here to reaffirm our commitment to seeing this project get under way. Fo…


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Community Path meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on December 11, 2012

Tuesday, Dec 11, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on December 10, 2012

Monday, Dec 10, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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12/11/12 Green Line Construction Kick-off!

Posted by a 8:38 pm on December 9, 2012

Governor Patrick, Secretary Davey, Congressman Capuano, Mayor Curtatone, and other state and local elected officials are holding a kickoff ceremony for construction of Phase I of Green Line extension. The shovels are going into the ground. The Green Line Extension is really happening!


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12/11/12 GLX Community Path Design Meeting

Posted by a 8:34 pm on

Bicyclists, pedestrians, and other users of the Community Path should come to this meeting and ask that the CPX crossing over the Fitchburg Line be designed in.


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Updates from Green Line Design Working Group meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on December 7, 2012

The Green Line Extension Design Working Group met on Nov 15 and got an overview of station designs, including new renderings of the future Lechmere station. (Our Green Line map is updated with the latest images and plans.)

We also met members from the…


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City Hall Drops the Ball–Yet Again!

Posted by a 8:02 pm on December 5, 2012

No, there hasn’t been a premature dropping of a local New Years Eve time-ball–City Hall has dropped the ball on long-promised bike enforcement and a companion public safety campaign—yet again…


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12/6/12 Rutherford Ave. Redesign Community Meeting

Posted by a 6:07 pm on December 2, 2012

Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square are just over the Somerville line in Boston. Somervillians who use the Sullivan Square T-Stop should come to the meeting and participate.


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A visual summary of why better transportation keeps you healthy

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Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


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Somerville Journal: Community Path bridge

Posted by a 12:00 am on November 29, 2012

“Somerville, Cambridge weigh Inner Belt bridge for Community Path”
“We still do not have a complete and safe route to Cambridge and Boston that is agreed to by all parties and funded,” says Alan Moore, co-president of Friends of the Community Path, whi…


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11/28/12, 11/29/12 Station Area Planning Event #2: Design Meetings

Posted by a 7:45 pm on November 25, 2012

Come, look, listen, and participate. Neighbors and other stakeholders should assert their interests early rather than late.


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11/27/12, 11/29/12 Future of Transportation in MA Public Meetings

Posted by a 6:56 pm on

Come and participate. These meetings are part of developing a badly needed long-term financing plan for the state’s transportation system.


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Perhaps the state is finally getting serious about sustainable transportation funding?

Posted by a 12:00 am on November 17, 2012

Boston Globe: “Mass. tax hike on the table for roads and transit”
Nearly six years after a bipartisan commission sounded the alarm about a transportation system in a crisis so severe that it carried a shortfall of nearly $1 billion a year, Governor Dev…


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Utility lines force MBTA to revisit Ball Square station design

Posted by a 12:00 am on November 15, 2012

From MGNA…
The MBTA Green Line Extension project team is working to modify the Ball Square station design in Medford to accommodate an unexpectedly problematic NStar electrical line.

At a meeting of the GLX Design Working Group Thursday night at Tuf…


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What if the new Green Line trains looked like this?

Posted by a 12:00 am on November 13, 2012

New Green Line trains?


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11/13/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #3

Posted by a 8:17 pm on November 12, 2012

Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #3 Tue. Nov. 13 6:00 – 8:00 PM John F. Kennedy Elementary School Cafeteria 5 Cherry St. Somerville MA (map) This is a community meeting on proposed changes to Beacon Street called by the Somerville Office of Strat…


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11/15/12 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 6:38 pm on November 11, 2012

Agenda likely includes discussing the Community Preservation Act, the coming Green Line Extension, the Davis Square Visioning process, and the Porter Square Visioning process.


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11/13/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #3

Posted by a 6:27 pm on

Bicycle advocates have turned out to the first two meetings in support of a dedicated cycle track.


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11/6/12 VOTE! Local, State, and National Elections

Posted by a 1:59 pm on October 28, 2012

VOTE! In addition to the Presidential and Senatorial elections we all know about, there are seven initiatives on the ballot.


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10/29/12 Sustainable Streets: New York City’s New Public Space Vision

Posted by a 1:49 pm on

Andy Wiley-Schwartz will join Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek to discuss a groundbreaking approach to urban planning and design that has led to the construction of more than 50 new plazas and 21 acres of new public space in New York.


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on October 22, 2012

Monday, Oct 22, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Station area planning: Gilman, Lowell, and Ball

Posted by a 1:00 am on October 17, 2012

Wednesday, Oct 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Bond for Union Square Green Line land and planning

Posted by a 12:00 am on October 13, 2012

Somerville Patch: “Aldermen Authorize $8 Million Bond for Union Square Green Line Site”
Most of the bond – $6 million of it – would go toward acquiring land, between Prospect Street, Somerville Avenue and Allen Street, for the station and accompanying …


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Somerville Journal on Capuano’s Green Line criticism

Posted by a 12:00 am on October 12, 2012

“Somerville Congressman Capuano continues criticism of Green Line Extension”
“This is not easy, it’s very, very hard,” Pat Jehlen told the Journal in an interview. “That’s why we have to do it together, so we need the support of the public and business…


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"Somerville by Design" planning initiative envisions Green Line Extension

Posted by a 12:00 am on October 10, 2012

Somerville Patch: “City Wants to Make Zoning Laws Less Byzantine, Plan for Green Line”
The city of Somerville is launching a urban planning initiative called “Somerville by Design,” which will kick off with a “visioning session” on Oct. 17.


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10/15/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting

Posted by a 5:17 pm on October 7, 2012

This meeting is intended to solicit input from the community on ideas for reconstructing Beacon Street. Changes to Beacon Street can affect people from Porter Square to Inman Square.


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10/9/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 3:58 pm on

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. The agenda is to approve the 2012 Union Square Revitalization Plan as amended by the BOA on Oct. 2, 2012.


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WALKING/BIKING TOUR OF THE PROPOSED COMMUNITY PATH EXTENSION

Posted by a 6:37 pm on October 5, 2012

Tour Date: Saturday, 10/20 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.

Rain Date: Sunday  10/21, same time.

Tour info and weather-related updates:

http://www.facebook.com/events/536681823014262/

 

Meet at

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10/4/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 6:15 pm on September 30, 2012

Agenda includes resolving two continued Special Permits for parking in Assembly Square.


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10/2/12 Special Meeting of Somerville BOA on Union Square Revitalization Plan

Posted by a 6:03 pm on

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Board of Aldermen to discuss and vote on the revised Union Square Revitalization Plan. Come and observe. Citizen presence is the most important check and balance in governance.


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Edge of the City Bike Tour – Saturday, October 13

Posted by a 4:19 pm on September 26, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, the Somerville Bicycle Committee will lead the 20th annual Tour de Somerville.

This year’s theme is “Edge of the City”. We’ll ride as close as possible to the Somerville city…


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Somerville Residents, City Officials Discuss Union Square Revitalization at Public Hearing

Posted by a 12:19 pm on September 24, 2012

Little outright opposition was expressed to the city’s proposed Union Square redevelopment plan at a public hearing on the plan Sept. 19, though many Somerville residents urged city officials to tread lightly in implementing the long-range plan.


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Monday, Sept 24, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Study on traffic pollution and child asthma

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Science Daily: “Near-Roadway Air Pollution a Major Contributor to Asthma in Los Angeles County, Research Finds”
“Our findings suggest that there are large and previously unappreciated public health consequences of air pollution in Los Angeles County an…


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9/25/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 5:05 pm on September 23, 2012

Agenda includes a discussion and possible vote on the Union Square Revitalization Plan.


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MassDOT Public Transit System Improvements

Posted by a 1:00 am on September 18, 2012

Tuesday, Sept 18, 1:30 pm & 5 pm
MassDEP Headquarters
Washington Street Conference Center, 2nd Floor, Rooms A, B, & C
One Winter St, Boston (map)


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9/18/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Kickoff Meeting

Posted by a 6:00 pm on September 16, 2012

This meeting is called by the Somerville OSPCD to describe planned changes to Beacon Street. Changes to Beacon Street can affect people from Porter Square to Inman Square.


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9/20/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 5:40 pm on

Agenda will likely include parking lots in Assembly Square in addition to routine cases.


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9/24/12 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Meeting

Posted by a 3:57 pm on

This is the fifth in a series of meetings on proposed changes to Davis Square. Participation is important for a satisfactory outcome.


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$45 million contract awarded for Green Line Extension design

Posted by a 1:00 am on September 13, 2012

The MassDOT Board of Directors approved a contract for final design and preliminary engineering work on the Green Line Extension. It was awarded to a joint venture of AECOM Technical Services and HNTB Corporation. Construction on Phase I of the project…


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10/10/12 MVTF 2012 Annual Meeting

Posted by a 7:37 pm on September 9, 2012

Key issues are responding to IKEA’s withdrawal from Assembly Square and monitoring the City’s progress with the Comprehensive Plan.


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9/19/12 Public Hearing on Union Square Revitalization Plan

Posted by a 5:39 pm on

Agenda includes a Public Hearing on the Union Square Revitalization Plan and discussion by the Board of Aldermen meeting as a whole.


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9/13/12 Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting as a Whole

Posted by a 5:30 pm on

Agenda includes committee approval of Union Square Revitalization Plan and possible rescheduling of Public Hearing.


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9/12/12 MassDOT and MBTA Board of Directors Meeting

Posted by a 5:22 pm on

The MBTA and the MassDOT are holding their board meeting in Somerville City Hall. Agenda likely includes the Green Line Extension and the Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop.


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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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9/18/12 MassDOT Public Transit Improvements Public Hearings

Posted by a 1:12 pm on August 25, 2012

The status of the Green Line Extension project, among others, will be presented.


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8/29/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 12:50 pm on

Agenda includes report on whether covenants with IKEA and FRIT apply to future purchasers of the IKEA site at Assembly Square. Approval of Union Square Revitalization Plan.


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Walk Alewife Greenway boardwalk links Somerville, Arlington

Posted by a 7:48 am on August 21, 2012

Adam Auster of Arlington, in an Aug. 19 update, notes you may now walk on the boardwalk at the Alewife Greenway path, connecting to the Minuteman Bikeway to Somerville.

See an update and photos…


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IKEA’s Somerville Withdrawal Creates Opportunity and Risk

Posted by a 9:22 am on August 13, 2012

I’ve never met an IKEA representative I didn’t like. In negotiations they were honorable, and as companions they were enjoyable. But despite their many virtues, I’m glad they won’t be building a store in Somerville.


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Monday, Aug 13, 7:30-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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8/23/12 Somerville Planning Board Hearing

Posted by a 4:23 pm on August 12, 2012

Agenda likely includes a Special Permit for parking lots in Assembly Square blocks 5 and 6 to serve retail in blocks 1, 3, 4.


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8/13/12 East Broadway Streetscape Project Public Meeting

Posted by a 4:06 pm on

Broadway is a key commercial corridor in Somerville. Its urban design can improve the commercial potential of the neighborhood as well as its livability.


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8/13/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 4:02 pm on

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


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The Community Path moves forward – but not enough

Posted by a 1:00 am on August 8, 2012

Somerville Journal: “Somerville Community Path being extended – somewhat”
“We need MassDOT to fully fund Community Path construction as part of the Green Line Extension, or as mitigation for delays,” Weissman said.


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Hubway is Here

Posted by a 1:22 pm on August 3, 2012

Union Square has just received its own Hubway kiosk, joining the network across Boston, Cambridge and Somerville of shared bikes. Hubway provides short-term bike rentals at automated stations.  Launched in Boston last summer the program proved wildly …


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Somerville agreement with MBTA and MassDOT keeps Union Square station on track

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Somerville Patch: “Agreement Says Union Square Green Line Station Operational by 2017″
“According to the announcement, the city will purchase land in Union Square for the station and then grant a permanent easement to the MBTA.”

Boston Globe: “Somer…


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Green Line Annual Status Report covers Phase 1 construction

Posted by a 1:00 am on August 1, 2012

By Ken Krause of MGNA…

Groundbreaking for Phase I construction of the Green Line Extension (GLX), and the hiring of a new team to complete engineering and design work are among the milestones anticipated for the project this fall, according to a rep…


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Assembling the Pieces

Posted by a 1:27 pm on July 27, 2012

Construction is underway at Assembly Row, Somerville’s great hope for economic development. The path to this point has been winding.

What will the way forward bring?


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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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Livable Streets Updates on McGrath De-Elevation

Posted by a 2:43 pm on July 25, 2012

From Livable Streets MassDOT has agreed that McGrath’s McCarthy Overpass over Washington Street will be removed! The hundreds of “Remove McGrath” postcards you signed, and your voice at the May 31 public meeting, made this victory p…


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 23, 2012

Monday, July 23, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Infographic on the benefits of public transportation

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From The Atlantic…


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STEP at ArtBeat

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 22, 2012

Thanks to all who visited our booth at ArtBeat yesterday – and to all who stand with us to support the Green Line Extension! Click below for photos.


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MBTA seeking bids for Green Line work

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 17, 2012

From our friends at MGNA…

The MBTA today began to solicit bids for Phase I of the Green Line Extension project with an advertisement in the Boston Globe.


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8/2/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 4:50 pm on July 15, 2012

Agenda includes changes to the Assembly Row Special Permits requesting more parking spaces for blocks 4, 5, 6.


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2012-2015 TIP Amendment Two Comment Period and Meeting

Posted by a 4:28 pm on

Plan includes money for extending the Somerville Community Path from Cedar Street to Lowell Street and money for the Green Line Extension to College Avenue and Union Square. To show support for these plans, send e-mail to publicinformation@ctps.org.


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Green Line Extension gets federal approval on environmental study

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 13, 2012

Boston Globe: “Feds approve Green Line Extension environment plan”
“Without the environmental thumbs-up, the project would lose a shot at $557 million in federal New Starts grants requested by the state and currently under review by the Federal Transit…


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Update on Tufts/STEP transportation health study

Posted by a 1:00 am on July 7, 2012

Tufts Medicine Magazine: “Big Road Blues: Living Near a Highway Can Be Bad for Your Health in a Million Small Ways” (PDF)
“The goal of the study, expected to wrap up a year from now, is to understand how vehicular pollution affects the health of people…


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STEP’s Ellin Reisner honored as 2012 Unsung Heroine

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 28, 2012

Somerville Journal: “5 questions with Somerville Unsung Hero Ellin Reisner”
The Unsung Heroines, who were identified by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women working in partnership with state legislators, are extraordinary women whose wor…


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StreetTalk: How overpasses are so 1950′s

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 27, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 7-9 pm
Brickbottom Artists Building
1 Fitchburg St (map)


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MBTA lists possible interim offset projects

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 25, 2012

Because the State will miss its legal deadline to open the Green Line Extension in 2014, it’s obligated to implement additional projects that will provide equivalent clean air benefits until the Green Line does open. These interim offset projects need…


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6/25/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 4:58 pm on June 24, 2012

Agenda includes the Assembly Square 2002 Revitalization Plan, the Union Square Revitalization Plan, and the proposed SRA website.


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Rep. Capuano discourages fighting for the entire Green Line

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 22, 2012

Somerville Journal column: “Time for ‘adult conversation’ on Somerville Green Line Extension”
“The options are clear – either we roll the dice for an all-or-nothing approach and hope the legislature and future governors are committed to the GLX, or we …


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MBTA funding problems are a public health issue

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 19, 2012

Boston Globe: “Public transit ills called a health issue”
“You can get a significant amount of your recommended daily physical activity by simply walking to the local bus or T stop,” said Maddie Ribble, director of policy and communications for the Mas…


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 18, 2012

Monday, June 18, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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6/21, 6/26, 7/17, 8/7/12 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Public Meetings

Posted by a 4:52 pm on June 17, 2012

Public participation on city square improvements is essential to their success.


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Green Line enters federal New Starts pipeline, funding options considered

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 11, 2012

Somerville Patch: “Green Line Extension Takes Step Forward With Feds”
“The Green Line Extension has permission from the administration to enter the ‘preliminary engineering’ phase of planning. This puts the proposed Green Line Extension on a master lis…


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6/12/12 Statewide Day of Action for Transit Justice

Posted by a 3:42 pm on June 10, 2012

Fare hikes and service cuts hurt economically depressed areas first. Somerville will only get its transportation needs met if the legislature adequately funds the MBTA and other mass transit.


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Construction method approved for Green Line

Posted by a 1:00 am on June 4, 2012

Somerville Patch: “House Approves Non-Traditional Green Line Construction Method, Says State Rep”
The Construction Manager/General Contractor model has been used for buildings in Massachusetts, “but not for transportation projects,” State Rep. Denise P…


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6/12/12 Boston Region MPO Public Meeting (Boston)

Posted by a 5:11 pm on June 3, 2012

The air quality determination governs whether the state is required to do all of the Green Line Extension or whether it can quit early.


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6/11/12 Transportation Summit

Posted by a 5:07 pm on

Somerville will only get its transportation needs met if the legislature adequately funds the MBTA and other mass transit.

For more information, see MPO Transportation Im


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McCarthy Overpass/McGrath Hwy community meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 31, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 6-8 pm
Argenziano School
290 Washington St (map)


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Gov. Patrick speaks in support of Green Line Extension

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Somerville Patch: “Patrick Affirms Support for Green Line Extension After Somerville Campaign Visit”
“I want the project to happen … and it’s obligated [to happen],” he said. He said federal rules require the state to have a clear plan for completing…


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Details on Green Line retaining walls and noise barriers

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 30, 2012

MassDOT has posted its presentation on retaining walls and noise barriers, from the May 22 public hearing.


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Livable Streets Takes on the De-elevation of McGrath Highway

Posted by a 5:28 pm on May 29, 2012

LivableStreets Alliance is a non-profit organization that challenges people to think differently and to demand a system that balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles. Their foundational principle is that urban transportation has the powe…


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Back in Angled Parking Experiment Now in Progress

Posted by a 10:53 am on

Mark Chase of Livable Streets short a simple video documenting the changes on Bow Street before and after the installation of the new back-in angled parking. The goal was to make the road safer for cyclists and pedestrians, as well … Continue rea…


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Fred Salvucci on MBTA finances

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Boston Globe: “Massport should help solve T mess”
“Forward Funding dumped billions of dollars of state debt on to the MBTA, and assumed without reason that growing costs of service expansion into lower-density suburbs could be supported on a tax base t…


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5/29/12 Ward 6 Resistat Meeting

Posted by a 12:49 pm on May 28, 2012

Ward 6. which includes Davis Square and part of Porter Square, may be affected by the proposed zoning change for Elm Street and Somerville Avenue.


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Stop MassDOT from repairing Somerville’s McCarthy overpass

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 24, 2012

A Somerville Journal guest column…

It seems like the same old story for our city. The state continues delaying the long-promised Green Line but pushes unwanted repair of the McCarthy overpass ahead of completing the planning study to remove the over…


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Assembly Square T stop construction underway

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Somerville Patch: “Bus Diversions on Orange Line to Begin in June”
Construction on the new Assembly Square Orange Line stop, which has already begun, will lead to periodic bus diversions on the subway line beginning in June and lasting until the statio…


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Assembly Square Orange Line community meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 23, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-8:30 pm
Michael Capuano Early Childhood School
150 Glen St (map)


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Public meeting on Green Line retaining/noise walls

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 22, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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STEP meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 21, 2012

Monday, May 21, 7-9 pm
SCAT meeting room
90 Union Square (map)


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5/31/12 McCarthy Overpass Community Meeting

Posted by a 7:09 pm on May 20, 2012

Turning McGrath Highway back into a boulevard would relink parts of Somerville that have long been severed.


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5/30/12 Assembly Square PAC Meeting

Posted by a 7:07 pm on

Assembly Row and Assembly Square T-Stop development has started. It’s time to move ahead with the Transportation Mitigation Plan.


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5/20 Historic Bike Tour “Somerville Parks, Now and Then

Posted by a 10:22 pm on May 19, 2012

This year’s theme will take us from one end of the City to the other, learning about Somerville’s wealth of parks and what they used to be.


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Bike Safety – Hayes Morrison & Sgt. James Rooney – City of Somerville Department of Transportation and Infrastructure & Somerville Police Department (5.15.12)

Posted by a 9:21 am on May 16, 2012

Want to avoid getting a ticket? Watch the episode and find out how, as well as what you can do to stay safe in Somerville and how to find out more on the Somerville biking culture.


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Funding approved toward Route 16 Green Line stop

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Somerville News: “Boston MPO approves funding for Route 16 GLX stop”
“The MPO recently approved $8.1 million worth of funding to go toward the research, development and construction of a Rt. 16 Green Line stop as part of the Green Line Extension Projec…


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5/23/12 Assembly Orange Line T-Stop Community Meeting

Posted by a 7:33 pm on May 13, 2012

Managing neighborhood impacts is necessary for the success of the Assembly Square T-Stop project.


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5/22/12 Public Meeting on Green Line Retaining/Noise Walls

Posted by a 7:32 pm on

Managing neighborhood impacts is necessary for the success of the Green Line Extension project.


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5/8/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 2:46 pm on May 6, 2012

Agenda includes the acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave., the status of Assembly Square and Union Square, and the creation of a web page for the SRA.


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Green Line contract approved amid cost concerns

Posted by a 1:00 am on May 2, 2012

Statehouse News Service: “T board briefed on worker assaults, discusses Green Line project costs”
“Board members also approved a $19 million contract to Gilbane Building Company/HDR Engineering Inc. for design and engineering services for the Green Lin…


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5/15/12 Reclaiming neighborhoods: Better living with less traffic

Posted by a 9:26 pm on April 29, 2012

Turning McGrath Highway back into a boulevard would relink parts of Somerville that have long been severed.


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5/3/12 Boston MPO Meeting

Posted by a 9:18 pm on

Agenda includes expansion of South Station (may replace the Grand Union project), and changes to the Draft Long Range Plan (currently still includes the Rt. 16 Green Line stop).


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4/30/12 Assembly Row Groundbreaking Ceremony

Posted by a 9:12 pm on

Ceremony marks the start of retail/residential construction of Phase I of the Assembly Square mixed-use development.


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Copy of e-mail to Nancy Busnach, Chair, Somerville Redevelopment Authority

Posted by a 8:36 pm on

Now that the Somerville Comprehensive Plan has been endorsed by the city and adopted by the Planning Board, I would like to pass along a suggestion.


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INTERACTIVE MAP: Mass. DOT Still Targeting 2018-19 for Green Line Despite MBTA Budget Woes

Posted by a 8:00 am on April 23, 2012

The state and the MBTA “are doing everything possible to hit targeted dates” for the opening of the Green Line Extension in the face of deep MBTA financial issues, a Mass. Department of Transportation spokeswoman said.


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New Somerville transportation working group

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Boston Globe: “Panel to examine Somerville transportation systems”
The 13-member Transportation Research, Innovation and Planning group includes current elected officials, police, community groups, and consultants, and will have a broad mandate to reco…


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4/24/12 Ward 1 Resistat Meeting

Posted by a 5:56 pm on April 22, 2012

The ResiStat meetings provide an opportunity for citizens to hear what the city government is doing and for the city government to hear citizen’s concerns.


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4/25/12 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing (1 of 2)

Posted by a 7:00 pm on April 15, 2012

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville.


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4/25/12 Design Public Hearing on Gilman Street Bridge (McGrath Highway)

Posted by a 6:55 pm on

The Gilman Street bridge design must be consistent with the Gilman Square Green Line T-Stop.


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4/19/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 10:31 pm on April 8, 2012

Agenda includes adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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4/12/12 Somerville Board of Aldermen Meeting

Posted by a 10:22 pm on

Agenda likely includes a resolution of support for the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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4/9/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 10:20 pm on

Agenda includes Magoun Square, Union Square, and the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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Map of Obscure Somerville-area stairways, ramps, paths, and shortcuts

Posted by a 10:10 am on April 6, 2012

Two years ago, I began making a Google Map of obscure stairways, ramps, paths, and shortcuts in and near Somerville. Since Google Map URLs are quite long, I gave this map a shorter one that’s easy to remember:

http://TinyURL.com/ObscureSomerville


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4/4, 4/19, 4/25 Inner Belt Symposium

Posted by a 1:08 pm on April 1, 2012

The Inner Belt struggle was the first time Boston-area neighborhoods stood up for their own interests with regard to transportation improvements.


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New images of Green Line stations

Posted by a 1:00 am on

At two pubic hearings in March, MassDOT revealed revised site plans and 3D renderings of the future Green Line stations for Gilman Square, Lowell St, Ball Square, and College Ave. To view the large images, go to our interactive map and click on the s…


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MBTA proposes 23% fare hike, no Somerville service cuts

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 28, 2012

Boston Globe: “MBTA unveils 23 percent fare hike; limited service cuts also proposed”
“I can’t emphasize enough this is a one-year solution. And all things being the same, we will be back in the same position a year from now, looking at service cuts an…


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4/16/12 London || Tucson: The Art and Politics of Urban Transformation

Posted by a 9:10 pm on March 25, 2012

This session explores how progressive transportation and planning policies can strengthen a city’s economy, encourage exciting new urban development, and improve quality of life and long-term sustainability.


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4/9/12 Wikicity: How Web-Enabled, Citizen-Driven Planning and Design is Changing the City

Posted by a 9:03 pm on

This session explores how grassroots, Internet-empowered “tactical urbanism” concepts are changing the way we plan, design and program urban public space.


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3/26/12 Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:19 pm on

Agenda includes Magoun Square, Union Square, Somerville Avenue, planned bridge repairs by Mass DOT, and the Comprehensive Plan.


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STEP letter on McGrath overpass repair and de-elevation

Posted by a 1:00 am on

Sent to the Board of Directors of MassDOT

As residents of Somerville advocating for good transportation for our city and the region, we are writing to express our dismay over the rush to repair the McCarthy Overpass on the McGrath Highway. It was with…


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Slides from Green Line designers/contractors meeting

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 21, 2012

On February 27, MassDOT held a meeting for potential Green Line extension designers and contractors. Download the slides for more details on construction phases and the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) process.


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4/5/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 4:44 pm on March 18, 2012

Agenda includes Assembly Square Blocks 1 and 4 and small changes to the Assembly Square PUD. Adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan may be deferred.


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3/29/12 Somerville Joint Land Use/Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 4:42 pm on

This is a joint meeting of the BOA Land Use and Housing and Community Development Committees. The agenda includes adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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3/15/12 Somerville Joint BOA and Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:19 pm on March 12, 2012

Agenda includes evaluating whether the City should adopt the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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3/26/12 Become a Super Designer! Get Planning & Transportation, Save the City

Posted by a 2:54 pm on March 11, 2012

Progressive urban planning requires not only urban transformation, but also neighborhood enhancement and conservation.


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3/21/12 Green Line Extension Public Meeting: Ball Square and College Avenue

Posted by a 2:50 pm on

Public participation in designing neighborhood T-stops is essential to their success. Come and make your views known.


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3/14/12 Rally at MBTA Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:42 pm on

Join Mass Senior Action in telling the MBTA…”Bail Out the Riders, Build Massachusetts!”


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3/13/12 MAPC Panel Discussion: Transportation and the Economy

Posted by a 2:24 pm on

Massachusetts public transit is grossly underfunded. How do we address this problem? (Note: Morning event.)


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Richard Davey on Green Line extension

Posted by a 1:00 am on March 7, 2012

Somerville News: “MassDOT Secretary talks GLX plan”
“The FTA and the administrator, Peter Rogoff, are well aware of the Green Line Extension being a top priority of the Patrick Administration, and obviously the Governor enjoys some close relationships …


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3/7/12 T-Stop Design Workshop – Gilman Square & Lowell Street Stations

Posted by a 8:16 pm on March 5, 2012

Public participation in designing neighborhood T-stops is essential to their success. Come and make your views known.


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3/22/12 HUD One Year Action Plan – Public Hearing

Posted by a 2:54 pm on March 4, 2012

Next to road repairs, community housing has the most immediate effect of all City programs on the day to day lives of Somerville residents. Come and make your views known.


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3/20/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 2:51 pm on

Agenda includes status reports on Assembly Square and the Green Line Extension, acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave.


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3/7/12 Grounding McGrath Working Group Meeting

Posted by a 2:43 pm on

The McGrath overpass cuts Somerville in pieces. A boulevard would work better with the new Green Line T-Stop at Union Square.


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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Traffic & Parking, Transportation Projects, Union Square | 1 Comment »

MBTA Service Cuts and Fare Increases

Posted by a 9:47 am on March 2, 2012

This program considers the changes that were proposed to deal with the MBTA’s dire financial condition. Panelists are State Representative Denise Provost, Victory Allah of Urban Family Outreach, Ellin Reisner of STEP, and Rafael Mares, Attorney for the…


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Somerville fights back against proposed MBTA cuts

Posted by a 1:00 am on February 29, 2012

Boston Globe: “MBTA hearing on cuts draws rowdy, heartfelt crowd in Somerville”
“The MBTA is a lifeline, and what the MBTA wants to do would devastate the community,” said Ronald Leaks, a community organizer for Groundwork Somerville.

Somerville Patch…


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A comic look at a non-comic situation

Posted by a 1:00 am on February 27, 2012

DanWasserman-Transit-cartoon.jpg


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2/29/12 2012 Community-Wide Assembly

Posted by a 12:59 pm on February 26, 2012

Community corridor planning is essential to making the best use of the new Green Line T-Stops. Come and make your voices heard.


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2/28/12 Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 12:51 pm on

Agenda includes Assembly Square Order of Conditions (OOC) for changes to Block 3 and to Shore Drive in Ten Hills.


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Important hearing Tuesday on MBTA fare increases and service cuts

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The MBTA needs to hear from you about how the proposed fare increases and service cuts will affect you and your family as well as what you want them to do to address the transportation financial crisis. Please attend the Public Hearing on February 28 a…


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Assembly Square Orange Line images and maps

Posted by a 1:00 am on February 25, 2012

Click to view maps of the area and station as well as 3D renderings. You can also download the Nov 2011 MassDOT presentation (PDF).


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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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Somerville Scout on Occupy protests

Posted by a 1:00 am on February 21, 2012

“Occupy Somerville protests potential MBTA cuts and fair hikes”
“The bitter debate over fare hikes and service cuts has given new and focused momentum to the Occupy movement, which has been criticized for lacking a specific agenda. In addition to talki…


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2/23/12 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:18 pm on February 20, 2012

Agenda not available (2/20/12). The Design Review Committee provides design criteria, guidance and recommendations to permit applicants. Its mandate is to maintain and enhance the natural, aesthetic, and cultural heritage of the City and to preserve the value of land and buildings.


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New images of Union Square and Washington St stations

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At the Feb 8 pubic hearing, MassDOT revealed revised site plans and 3D renderings of these two future Green Line stations. To view the large images, go to our interactive map and click on the stations. (Or you can download MassDOT’s slides.)


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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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Car exhaust tied to stroke risk

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Boston Globe: “Air pollution tied to stroke risk”
Car exhaust and other air pollution, even at levels considered safe by federal regulations, may substantially increase the risk of a stroke, a research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center rep…


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2/28/12, 2/29/12 MBTA Fare and Service Proposal Meetings

Posted by a 5:33 pm on February 13, 2012

MBTA service cuts and fare hikes hit everyone in Somerville. Come and make your views known.


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Yup, that’s about right

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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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2/2/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 3:57 pm on January 29, 2012

Agenda includes further discussion and possible vote on the Porter Square/Wilson Square zoning change, which has proved controversial.


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1/25/12 Green Line Extension Corridor-Wide Public Meeting

Posted by a 8:01 pm on January 15, 2012

Agenda includes the early bridge and demolition package, affecting the Medford Street Rail Bridge (Somerville), the Harvard Street Rail Bridge (Medford), and 21 Water Street (Cambridge).


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1/12/12 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:18 pm on January 8, 2012

Agenda not available (1/1/12). The Design Review Committee provides design criteria, guidance and recommendations to permit applicants. Its mandate is to maintain and enhance the natural, aesthetic, and cultural heritage of the City and to preserve the value of land and buildings.


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1/10/12 Minuteman Bikeway Arlington Public Meeting

Posted by a 2:35 pm on January 1, 2012

This meeting will present five options for fixing the break in the Minuteman Trail at Mass Ave. and Rt. 60 in Arlington Center, which forces bicyclists onto the streets and sidewalks.


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1/5/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:31 pm on

Agenda includes the proposed zoning changes to Somerville Avenue from Wilson Square to Porter Square, White Street, and Elm Street from White Street to Wilson Square. “What’s in it for us?”


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1/4/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

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Agenda includes converting the existing Mystic Water Works into a 25 unit affordable housing apartment building.


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12/15/11 – 1/31/12 Comment Period for Porter Square Zoning Change

Posted by a 10:09 pm on December 18, 2011

The City of Somerville is proposing zoning changes to Somerville Avenue from Wilson Square to Porter Square, White Street, and Elm Street from White Street to Wilson Square. While this zoning change can bring definite benefits to the city in tax revenue, some abutters are asking “What’s in it for us?”


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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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12/15/11 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:48 pm on December 11, 2011

According to state law, Redevelopment Authorities are empowered to buy and sell property, acquire property through eminent domain, and grant tax concessions. Agenda not available (12/11/11).


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12/14/11 Green Line Extension Public Meeting

Posted by a 9:45 pm on

Public participation in station designs is essential to making them work with the neighborhoods.


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12/14/11 MBTA Capital Investment Program Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:43 pm on

The CIP includes the Green Line Extension and the Assembly Square T-Stop.


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11/23/11 – 12/30/11 Comment Period for Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line Extension Visioning Report

Posted by a 10:23 pm on December 4, 2011

Continuing the Green Line Extension to Mystic Valley Parkway will complete the integration of West Somerville and Medford into the Green Line.


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12/8/11 Grand Junction Commuter Rail Feasibility Study Public Meeting

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Light rail mass transit is a good thing, but directing commuter rail trains, including diesel trains, through the middle of Cambridge is controversial.


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12/8/11 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:45 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Design Review Committee. Agenda not available (12/4/11).


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12/7/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing

Posted by a 6:43 pm on

Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St., a controversial development that includes residential and a replacement for the existing VFW club.


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12/7/11 Green Line Extension Design Working Group

Posted by a 6:41 pm on

Interactive Somerville is running a design competition for the area around the proposed Gilman Square station.


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12/7/11 Mystic River Watershed Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:40 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Mystic River Watershed Steering Committee. This committee, sponsored by the Federal EPA, works to improve water quality and environmental conditions in the Mystic River watershed. Agenda not available (12/4/11).


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12/6/11 Mystic River Reservation Riverfront Park Improvements Public Meeting

Posted by a 6:38 pm on

The Mystic Riverfront Park upgrades are a big part of the improvements to Assembly Square resulting from the Assembly Square PUD.


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11/28/11 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 4:51 pm on November 27, 2011

Agenda includes the acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave. and updates on Assembly Square and Union Square. Note: the Somerville Redevelopment Authority does not have a web page.


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11/22/11 Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 4:16 pm on November 20, 2011

Agenda includes an update on the Order of Conditions for Assembly Square and a new fence for the Bike Path Community Garden.


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11/22/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 4:14 pm on

Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St., a mixed-use building including a new VFW hall near Davis Square.


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11/14/11 Launch Party for interactivesomerville.org

Posted by a 5:11 pm on November 13, 2011

Attend the launch party for interactivesomeville.org, a new forum for discussions about the Green Line Extension and other events. Managing the GLX extension and its integration with the community requires public participation.


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11/21/11 Public Hearing on Community Path Design

Posted by a 4:13 pm on

This is a first look at the proposed design for the Community Path. All concerned with the path and the Green Line Extension should show up and comment.


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11/17/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 4:11 pm on

Agenda includes an update on the Somerville Comprehensive Plan and a signage change at a restaurant at 379 Somerville Ave. Note change of venue.


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11/15/11 Assembly Square Station Project Meeting

Posted by a 7:59 pm on November 6, 2011

It is very important that the public catch up with the Assembly Square T-stop project progress and decisions.


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Proposed Rights-of-Way Federal Guidelines Comment Period

Posted by a 7:15 pm on

The comment period ends 11/23/11. This is your chance to provide input to Federal guidelines on access by persons with disabilities.


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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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11/2/11 MBTA Community Meeting

Posted by a 10:31 pm on October 31, 2011

This meeting is called by the MBTA to discuss temporary changes in Red Line Service due to construction from Harvard to Alewife Station. The Red Line is a crucial connection between West Somerville and the rest of Boston. If you need it, find out what’s going on.


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Bicycle Public Safety Campaign Wimps Out

Posted by a 10:04 pm on October 26, 2011

On Thursday, 6 pm, November 3rd, at the VNA, 259 Lowell St., the Board of Aldermen’s Public Safety Committee will discuss the Administration’s disinclination to implement a promised Bicycle Safety Campaign for the city’s cyclists…


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10/25/11 Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 8:02 pm on October 23, 2011

Agenda includes Assembly Square Blocks 1 and 4 and sewer and drain work in Ten Hills. This work helps fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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10/25/11 Mystic River Watershed Association Annual Meeting

Posted by a 8:00 pm on

Melissa Hoffer of the Conservation Law Foundation will speak on the role of legal advocacy in environmental protection and restoration.


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10/26/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:57 pm on

The group will review the draft comprehensive plan document and discuss the stakeholder’s presentation.


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11/3/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:50 pm on

Agenda includes a special permit for dry boat storage at 74 Foley Street in Assembly Square, possibly for boats from the Winter Hill Yacht Club.


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10/19/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 5:29 pm on October 16, 2011

Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St. for a special permit to develop a new two to three story mixed-use building consisting of a VFW hall and 31 residential units.


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10/20/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 5:27 pm on

Agenda includes Assembly Square Block 3, a Special Permit for two levels of retail and restaurant, including a 12-screen cinema, with residential above. This development helps fulfil the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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Great job, Joe!

Posted by a 5:06 pm on

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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11/2/11 Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line Extension Final Public Meeting

Posted by a 8:38 pm on October 9, 2011

Completing the Green Line Extension to Route 16 is essential to Somerville’s future. Make your voice heard.


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10/20/11 Green Line Extension Environmental Assessment and Public Comment Period

Posted by a 8:36 pm on

This hearing is preceded at 6:00 by a Shovel Ready Rally and Mock Groundbreaking in front of Somerville High School to protest Green Line delays. It is essential that the Green Line Extension be carried out on time with responsible attention to environmental impacts.


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10/18/11 Charlestown Neighborhood Council Meeting

Posted by a 8:32 pm on

The Surface Option presented accommodates traffic from the redevelopment of Assembly Square in Somerville (IKEA). We should support it.


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10/12/11 Green Line Public Workshop on Maintenance Facility

Posted by a 8:29 pm on

The Maintenance Facility is currently located at Option L, as far as possible from Brickbottom. This is a good opportunity to weigh in on this design.


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10/11/11 Key Bus Route Improvement Program: Bus Route 77

Posted by a 8:27 pm on

Route 77 connects Porter Square, which adjoins Cambridge, with Harvard, Central, and Kendall Squares, along with Boston and Arlington. If you live near Porter Square, this can affect you directly.


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10/5/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 1:49 pm on October 1, 2011

Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St. developing a new two to three story mixed-use building consisting of a VFW hall and 31 residential units.


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19th Annual Tour de Somerville: “Arts in the ‘Ville”

Posted by a 9:13 am on September 29, 2011

The Somerville Bicycle Committee invites you to ride our 19th Annual Tour de Somerville.  This year’s theme is “Arts in the ‘Ville”.

We’ll meet at 10 am on Saturday, October 15 in Seven Hills…


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10/6/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 6:58 pm on September 25, 2011

Agenda includes public hearings on proposed developments at Blocks 1 and 4 of Assembly Square. These developments help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/29/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:34 pm on

Agenda likely includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Block 3, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/26/11 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:32 pm on

Agenda will likely include the Avalon Bay developments at Blocks, 1, 3, and 4 and may include prospects for further development.


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10/5/11 Mystic View Task Force Annual Meeting

Posted by a 7:21 am on September 19, 2011

We will present a summary of the City’s almost finished Comprehensive Plan, followed by discussion. The plan is the product of over two years of work by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.


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9/19/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:18 am on

The group will review the zoning change maps, begin to review the comprehensive plan draft document, and create a map describing future transportation improvements.


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9/22/11 Somerville Community Path Workshop

Posted by a 6:49 pm on September 18, 2011

Extending the Community Path along the proposed Green Line spur will encourage people to bike and walk through central Somerville.


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Green

Posted by a 12:25 pm on September 16, 2011

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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What Is the Boston MPO and Why Is It Important?

Posted by a 7:29 pm on September 11, 2011

The Boston MPO is a Federally-mandated organization responsible for conducting transportation planning for the Boston region. Among other documents, it produces a yearly Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), which allocates funding for transportation improvements. A project must be included in the TIP to receive Federal funds. The Green Line Extension has been omitted from the 2012-2015 TIP. As a result, Massachusetts is in danger of losing its Federal transportation funding.


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9/22/11 Boston Region MPO Meeting – MPO vote on TIP and LRTP

Posted by a 3:44 pm on

At this meeting the MPO will vote on whether to ignore the needs of Somerville and Medford residents and push back the Green Line Extension to 2018.


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9/20/11 Grounding McGrath: Public Information Meeting

Posted by a 3:35 pm on

An important improvement to McGrath Highway would be to return it to its original concept, as a ground-level boulevard with predestrian crossings.


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9/8/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:05 pm on September 6, 2011

Agenda includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Blocks 1, 3, and 4, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/13/11 DEP Public Meeting on Green Line Delay

Posted by a 9:41 pm on September 5, 2011

This is a critical meeting to give your comments on the Green Line extension delay. If you can’t attend either meeting, please send your comments by Sept 13.


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9/15/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:01 pm on

The agenda should include removing a loading area from the Block 10 restaurant at 133 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square.


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9/15/11 Walking Routes to the Mystic River

Posted by a 8:57 pm on

MAPC is working with neighboring communities to create a network of safe walking routes to connect neighborhoods with the lower Mystic River, Chelsea Creek, Mill Creek, and the Malden River. You can help.


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9/14/11 Porter Square Visioning – Community Meeting

Posted by a 8:55 pm on

At this meeting, the city will present a proposed rezoning map depicting zoning changes that will allow for mixed-use development in the key gateways of the Porter and Wilson Square areas.


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UnSafe Routes to School, East Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on

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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9/14/11 Come Shape McGrath/O’Brien Redesign Goals

Posted by a 11:05 pm on August 29, 2011

It is important to reunite neighborhoods, lower traffic speeds, and add more trees to make McGrath Hwy a boulevard.


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9/6/11 and 9/7/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meetings

Posted by a 11:02 pm on

The agenda includes upgrades to a building on 70 Inner Belt Road.


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9/1/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 11:00 pm on

The agenda includes removing a loading area from the Block 10 restaurant at 133 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square.


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8/8/11 – 9/13/11 FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Comment Period

Posted by a 10:58 pm on

The Green Line Extension, a legal obligation of the Commonwealth, has been dropped from the 2012-2015 TIP and delayed until 2018. This not only deprives Somerville of long-needed transit access, it jeopardizes the state’s access to Federal transportation funding.


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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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8/10/11 Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting

Posted by a 2:10 pm on August 7, 2011

The agenda includes a staff update on transportation plans for the Boston region, and most likely includes postponing the Green Line Extension another 5 years.


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Follow-up to Parking Ticket Trends Story

Posted by a 11:20 pm on July 27, 2011

Inspired by SJ reporter Andy Metzger’s skeptical review of my investigative article Trends in Parking Ticket Appeals: Uncovered , I followed up about two months ago with the as-yet-unresolved email below to Traffic & Parking Director Matt Dias.…


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8/3/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

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

The agenda includes 343 – 351 Summer St. (site of the existing George Dilboy VFW Post #529) to build a new two to three story mixed-use building consisting of a VFW hall and 31 residential units with parking lot.


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7/20/11 – 8/20/11 Comment Period on Assembly Square Riverfront Park Plans

Posted by a 8:49 pm on

Check out the conceptual proposals and make your views known. Written comments submitted will be posted on the DCR website.


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WalMart Wants to Come to Assembly Square

Posted by a 2:32 pm on

According to articles in the Boston Globe, Somerville Journal, Somerville Patch, and Boston Herald this week, WalMart wants to open “a grocery store” at the site of the defunct Circuit City next to Home Depot…


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7/20/11 Public Meeting on Improvements to Assembly Square Riverfront Park

Posted by a 8:17 pm on July 17, 2011

This is a good chance for Somerville residents to help improve our river frontage in Assembly Square.


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Pod Squad

Posted by a 9:05 am on July 7, 2011

Black Swallowwort (AKA “dog-strangling vine”) is one of the most aggressive invasive weeds, and has spread throughout Somerville.


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7/14/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 10:37 pm on July 1, 2011

The agenda includes a public hearing on another extension of the IKEA permits and a continuation of the 378-390 Somerville Avenue development, which is controversial.


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7/13/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 10:35 pm on

Among other business, extending a permit to replace a one-story commercial structure at 292 Beacon Street with a larger 2-1/2 story commercial and residential development.


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Puglia reacts to new parking fee increases

Posted by a 11:28 am on June 30, 2011

City government should not misrepresent its hostile revenue-boosting scheme as a policy to improve parking conditions. For many residents it imposes greater hardship.


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6/27/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:33 pm on June 26, 2011

The agenda includes a (continued) public hearing for final approval of the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and a hearing for constructing a restaurant on the site. The 378-390 Somerville Avenue hearing is being continued to July 14.


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6/20/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee

Posted by a 7:17 pm on June 19, 2011

The agenda includes annotating city maps with possible locations of transformational districts, neighborhood infill districts, and other land use categories.


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6/23/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:09 pm on June 12, 2011

The agenda includes a (continued) public hearing for final approval of the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and also a hearing for constructing a restaurant in Assembly Square.


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6/22/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 2:05 pm on

Among other business, the agenda includes converting an auto parts warehouse business to personal trainer and artist studios.


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6/13/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 1:56 pm on

Among other business, the agenda includes reviewing the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and a proposed restaurant in Assembly Square.


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6/25/11 Inner Belt Brickbottom Plan Public Meeting and Walkshop

Posted by a 12:14 pm on June 4, 2011

The Inner Belt, soon to have a new Green Line T-Stop, is one of the few locations in Somerville still available for transformation into an economic powerhouse for Somerville.


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6/9/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:09 pm on May 30, 2011

The agenda includes a public hearing for final approval of the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and also a hearing for constructing a restaurant in Assembly Square.


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6/8/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 7:06 pm on

Among other business, the agenda includes establishing a bus and taxi rental, storage and servicing use on 21 Third Avenue in the Inner Belt. (Somerville could want to use the Inner Belt for a higher use at this point.)


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6/11 Green Line Station Design Public Workshops

Posted by a 7:00 pm on

MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting a series of Green Line station design workshops, one for each proposed stop. It is important to integrate the new Green Line stations with the community and with the proposed Community Path. Your participation can help with this process.


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5/24/11 Porter Square Visioning Community Meeting

Posted by a 4:20 pm on May 22, 2011

Potential zoning changes include architectural design, height, uses, setbacks, dimensional configuration, and parking for each of the key gateways: Wilson Square, Somerville Avenue, White Street, Elm Street, and Mossland Street, as well as the MBTA Air Rights.


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Trends in Parking Ticket Appeals: Uncovered

Posted by a 12:26 am on May 19, 2011

When Watertown, MA resident Mark Pickering received a parking citation during a visit to a friend in nearby Somerville, he figured a simple letter to the Office of the Parking Clerk would result in a scheduled hearing or a ticket dismissal. Instead, he received an anonymous note of rejection with an extra $5 fine. [See Mark's letter in the SJ : Parking ticket appeal system needs work]…


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Posted in City Finances, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Somerville By The Numbers, Traffic & Parking | 14 Comments »

5/26/11 Green Line Extension Project Update Public Meeting

Posted by a 4:41 pm on May 15, 2011

Among other updates, the group will likely review an analysis by MassDOT and the MBTA on the feasibility of incorporating a light rail vehicle support facility into the Boston Engine Terminal.


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5/9/11 – 6/9/11 Ch. 91 Tideways Comment Period on Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop (Ref: #W11-3326)

Posted by a 12:55 pm on

This is one of the final hurdles for the long-awaited Orange Line T-Stop at Assembly Square. Please support this development. A T-Stop at Assembly Square will unlock the potential of the site and make possible what Somerville has wanted for more than a decade.


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5/19/11 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:42 pm on May 8, 2011

The agenda includes expanding an existing restaurant use on Washington Street.


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5/17/11 MAPC 3rd Public Forum: Green Line to Mystic Valley Parkway

Posted by a 7:38 pm on

This is the third in a series of meetings about extending the Green Line to Mystic Valley Parkway. This meeting is part of a visioning process examining the effects of a potential Mystic Valley Parkway station on the planned Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford. This session will be an opportunity to share with them your ideas, questions, and aspirations for the project.


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5/12/11 Green Line Extension “Meet and Greet” Session

Posted by a 7:34 pm on

MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting a session to introduce the members of the new Green Line Extension project team. This session will be an opportunity to share with them your ideas, questions, and aspirations for the project.


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5/5/11 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 3:37 pm on May 1, 2011

The agenda includes developments on Somerville Avenue and an update on the Comprehensive Plan.


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5/4/11 MassDOT Board Meeting

Posted by a 3:35 pm on

The agenda includes as item #8 (“Request of MassDOT Legal and Planning Departments to authorize the execution of a Public Funding Agreement for the construction of the Assembly Square Station on the Orange Line”).


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5/2/11, 5/3/11 Special BOA Meetings on Assembly Row DIF Bond Issue

Posted by a 3:34 pm on

This is the final discussion and vote on the DIF bond issue. The City should issue these bonds only with a signed commitment to the “best effort” of Federal Realty to bring R&D/office into Assembly Square.


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5/2/11 BOA Finance Committee Meeting on Assembly Row DIF Bond Issue

Posted by a 3:30 pm on

The agenda is to discuss the Assembly Row Bond issue and a petition by 60 Somerville residents to ensure that development financed by the Assembly Row DIF yield jobs for Somerville residents.


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4/25/11 A Better City Presents: Fixing Transit Finance

Posted by a 4:11 pm on April 17, 2011

This is a presentation and panel discussion on how to finance public transportation in Massachusetts. Paying for public transportation has proved a critical problem in the current economic and political environment.


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4/21/11 BOA Finance Committee

Posted by a 3:41 pm on

The Committee is calling this meeting to further discuss the Assembly Row DIF Bond issue. If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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4/13/11 BOA Finance Committee Public Hearing

Posted by a 6:56 pm on April 10, 2011

This is a continuation of the 3/31/11 Assembly Row DIF Bond hearing. If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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Parking Ticket Appeals Story Update

Posted by a 11:24 pm on April 9, 2011

Following the last update on this story in late February, T&P Director Matt Dias offered and provided the requested data including a column indicating whether each ticket appeal was made online or not. Even better, the cost was $30 less than his original quote.…


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4/7/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 10:19 pm on April 5, 2011

This meeting includes, among other business, a zoning amendment to change the definition of “pervious area” and update minimum pervious area requirements (comment period closed).


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4/6/11 BOA Finance Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:54 pm on April 3, 2011

Convened to discuss the Assembly Row DIF Bond proposal. If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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4/5/11 Somerville Green Line Extension Advisory Committee

Posted by a 9:52 pm on

Agenda includes current GLX status, Community Path status, new consultant team, and station designs.


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4/4/11 Conservation Commission Meeting on MBTA Assembly Square

Posted by a 9:50 pm on

This is a public meeting of the Somerville Conservation Commission to review and accept the MBTA Assembly Square Station Order of Conditions.


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4/21/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 12:28 pm on March 27, 2011

Among other business, this meeting will hold a public hearing on the Special Permit with Site Plan Review for the Assembly Square self-storage facility, 50 Middlesex Avenue.


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3/24/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 4:41 pm on March 23, 2011

Among other business, this meeting will deal with the proposed self-storage facility at 50 Middlesex Ave. in Assembly Square.


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3/31/11 Assembly Row DIF Bond Hearing

Posted by a 3:47 pm on March 20, 2011

If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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3/17/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 3:39 pm on March 13, 2011

The master plan for the self-storage facility at 50 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square is to be presented.


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Monthly Meeting of the Friends of the Community Path – Join us! Thurs 3/10

Posted by a 9:38 pm on March 8, 2011

Please join us in our efforts to connect the Minuteman Bikeway and Charles River path networks, by extending the Community Path!…


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Transportation Gateway to Northern NE: 175 yrs of the RR in Somerville

Posted by a 1:35 pm on March 1, 2011

Join Historic Somerville on Thursday night, March 3rd, 7-8PM for a lecture by John Roderick, Somerville resident, train and RR enthusiast and past editor of the magazine of the Boston and Maine RR Historical Society


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1/24/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:00 pm on February 22, 2011

Among other business, this meeting will deal with the proposed self-storage facility at 50 Middlesex Ave. in Assembly Square, and with changes to the design of 100 Temple St. (St. Polycarp Redevelopment).


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3/11 SomerVision Conversation on Comprehensive Plan

Posted by a 2:39 pm on February 20, 2011

These meetings provide an important opportunity to weigh in on the direction Somerville is setting for its future.


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3/10/11 District Improvement Financing Governing Body Meeting

Posted by a 2:27 pm on

The Governing Body determines how much of the tax increment from DIF districts is used for district improvements and how much is returned to the city general fund.


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5/10/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:49 pm on February 13, 2011

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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4/12/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:46 pm on

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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3/16/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:43 pm on

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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2/16/11 Green Line Extension Public Meeting for Mystic Valley Parkway/Route 16 Station

Posted by a 4:07 pm on February 5, 2011

This important connection was omitted from the current Green Line Extension due to lack of funds. It needs your support!


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1/26/11 Design Public Hearing on Broadway Streetscape Project

Posted by a 3:08 pm on January 24, 2011

MA DOT holding a Public hearing on Broadway Streetscape improvement Project on January 26, 2011 at the Cross Street Senior Center, 7 pm. Public Comments are also accepted via mail.


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2/9/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:15 pm on January 23, 2011

This is the meeting to get to! The group will begin a city-wide land use map showing the proposed development areas and their categorizations.


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1/31/11 Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership Meeting

Posted by a 3:13 pm on

At this meeting STEP is likely to discuss the current status of the Green Line Extension, the Community Path, and the Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop.


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Towing Company Profiting from Public Land Use?

Posted by a 6:19 pm on January 21, 2011

Happy snow emergency! Do you know where your towing dollars go?


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Posted in 311 Requests, Beat Reporter, Consumer Money Saving, Environment and Open Space, Government Reform, Investigative Reports, Politics, Teele Square, Traffic & Parking, Ward 7 | 40 Comments »

1/10/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 5:06 pm on January 9, 2011

At this meeting, the committee will work toward a consensus on the Goals and Actions and begin work on land use mapping.


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Help Uncover Trends in Parking Ticket Appeals

Posted by a 7:41 pm on January 1, 2011

When Watertown, MA resident Mark Pickering received a parking citation during a visit to a friend in nearby Somerville, he figured a simple letter to the Office of the Parking Clerk would result in a scheduled hearing or a ticket dismissal. Instead, he received an anonymous note of rejection with an extra $5 fine.


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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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12/16/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 5:26 pm on December 12, 2010

Cases include revision to a special permit for 199 residential units at 56-61 Clyde Street and review of six ZBA cases.


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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,