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7/17/14 McGrath Highway/McCarthy Boulevard Meeting

Posted by a 10:45 pm on July 14, 2014

Agenda includes the design work and environmental review required for the short-term improvements and the long-term conversion into a “complete streets” boulevard. More…


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11/18/13 Union Square Streetscape Project Kickoff Meeting

Posted by a 6:05 pm on November 4, 2013

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


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11/13/13 MassDOT Meeting on McGrath Corridor Improvements

Posted by a 6:02 pm on

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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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 »

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

Posted by a 9:17 pm on July 14, 2013

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

Posted by a 9:15 pm on

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

Posted by a 7:45 pm on June 2, 2013

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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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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Posted in Beat Reporter, Buses, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Events, Green Line, Housing, Mystic River, Neighborhoods and Squares, Traffic & Parking, Transportation Projects, Winter Hill | No Comments »

3/5/13 Beacon Street Public Meeting

Posted by a 8:11 pm on March 3, 2013

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


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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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Posted in Beacon Street, Bicycles, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Traffic & Parking, Transportation Projects, Uncategorized, Ward 2 | No Comments »

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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11/15/12 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

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


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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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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

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


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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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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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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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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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5/15/12 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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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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3/7/12 Grounding McGrath Working Group Meeting

Posted by a 2:43 pm on March 4, 2012

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

Posted by a 6:43 pm on December 4, 2011

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


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Great job, Joe!

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

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


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

10/18/11 Charlestown Neighborhood Council Meeting

Posted by a 8:32 pm on October 9, 2011

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


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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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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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9/20/11 Grounding McGrath: Public Information Meeting

Posted by a 3:35 pm on September 11, 2011

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 »

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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A Tale of Two Public Records Requests

Posted by a 5:42 pm on December 5, 2010

This is the true story of how the City of Somerville stonewalled my request for public records and then went out of its way to satisfy a very similar request by BU’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR).…


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11/22/10 Gilman Green Line Station Planning Walkaround

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

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


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11/4/10 Joint Public Hearing by Planning Board and BOA Land Use Committee — Beat Report

Posted by a 2:56 pm on November 7, 2010

Large Retail Cluster Parking: Proposal is to double the parking requirement for large retail (> 25,000 s.f.). Staff believes that because Somerville has little parking available, the effect will be to discourage suburban format in Somerville. Developers would have to build parking garages, which is expensive.


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10/25/10 MassDOT Public Meetings on Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project

Posted by a 3:09 pm on October 24, 2010

This project will close McGrath Highway or reduce the number of lanes available for several months. Detours and traffic congestion will result. Mitigation should be discussed at this meeting.


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11/4/10 Joint Public Hearing by Planning Board and BOA Land Use Committee

Posted by a 2:29 pm on October 20, 2010

The agenda includes the following:

* Change to the zoning ordinance to allow self-storage in Assembly Square
* Changes to the zoning ordinance to revise the procedures for reviewing Special Permits, Special Permits with Site Plan Approval, and variances
* Changes to the zoning ordinance to revise the parking requirements for large scale retail
* Change to the zoning ordinance to allow Historic Carriage House as a use in certain districts
* Special permit to allow Federal Realty to exceed signage size requirements in Assembly Square.


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10/21/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 12:40 pm on October 17, 2010

According to the paper agenda, this meeting will be devoted to Zoning Board of Appeals matters. The Self-Storage change of use ordinance, along with others, will be dealt with at the November 4 public hearing.


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10/18/10 BOA Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 12:37 pm on

The e-mailed agenda includes the following:

* MBTA Green Line Maintenance Facility, including air rights and a possible stadium.
* Support for Green Line Extension to Route 16
* Impacts of Green Line track layout around Brickbottom
* Traffic redesign for Union Square


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Improving pedestrian crossings: volunteers needed

Posted by a 3:21 pm on October 14, 2010

A few volunteers are needed to help us evaluate a new pedestrian safety option for crosswalks in Somerville called a pedestrian-head-start.…


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Somerville’s Squares Without Traffic Lights? Let’s Dare to Imagine It.

Posted by a 4:26 pm on October 12, 2010

Last week I was riding through Union Square with my daughter on the back of our tandem bicycle. As I pulled up to stop at the red light, a woman rolled down the window on her mini-van/SUV and screamed at us: “Do NOT ride on this road with that kid!” Her tone and facial expression overflowed with anger and hostility as she whipped around the corner staring daggers.…


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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9/28/10 Green Line Extension Station Design Presentation

Posted by a 5:52 pm on

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

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


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9/25/10 Mystic View Task Force Annual Meeting

Posted by a 1:19 pm on September 20, 2010

The Mystic View Task Force will hold its annual meeting at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville.


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10/5/10 Designing for Pedestrian Safety Part 6: Interchanges and Roundabouts

Posted by a 1:46 pm on September 5, 2010

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


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9/27/10 Designing for Pedestrian Safety Part 5: Signalized Intersections

Posted by a 1:41 pm on

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


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Street Reconstruction Project: Promises Never Kept

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

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


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7/28/10 Boston Region MPO Certification Review Public Meeting — Beat Report

Posted by a 3:42 pm on July 30, 2010

This meeting was held at 6:30 at the State Transportation Building, around the corner from the Boylston T-Stop. A half-dozen officials from the Federal transportation authorities were present, along with some translators (never called upon) and a half-dozen or so members of the MPO. Only about a half-dozen members of the public showed up, all from Somerville.


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7/28/10 Boston Region MPO Certification Review Public Meeting

Posted by a 11:00 pm on July 18, 2010

The Boston MPO must be certified by the federal government in order for the Boston area to receive federal funding for transportation improvements. Citizen input is an important part of this process.


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

Posted by a 10:50 pm on

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


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

Posted by a 10:47 pm on

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


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

Posted by a 10:43 pm on

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


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

Posted by a 10:39 pm on

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


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

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

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


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6/9/10 East Somerville Community Meeting – Beat Report

Posted by a 1:31 pm on June 26, 2010

Construction starting right now on roads and infrastructure at and around Assembly Square. IKEA not to start construction until after Spring 2011. Planned improvements to Kensington Ave. pedestrian crossing from Stop & Shop to Assembly Square.


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6/9/10 East Somerville Community Meeting

Posted by a 10:53 pm on June 6, 2010

This meeting is important because it deals with ongoing developments at Assembly Square and East Somerville.


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6/12/10 Green Line Extension Project Land Use Workshop and Comprehensive Plan Visioning Session

Posted by a 11:06 pm on May 16, 2010

This meeting is important because it relates to land use around the new Green Line stations in Somerville and to the forthcoming Comprehensive Plan for Somerville.


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5/20/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:40 pm on

This meeting includes a continuation of the 1 Benton Road case, which has proved controversial.


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5/6/10 Planning Board Meeting – Beat Report

Posted by a 7:07 pm on

This Planning Board meeting included continuing hearings on 79-83 Broadway (slightly controversial), 39R Medford St., and 1 Benton Rd. (also controversial). There was also a discussion of declaring properties part of historical districts, sometimes controversial.


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How Many City Departments Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb, or Coffee and Accountability

Posted by a 8:15 pm on April 22, 2010

Before the emergence of Coffee Parties, we saw, locally, the advent of Somervillevoices.org, a courageous and worthy experiment in a 21st Century democratic, community- controlled public media forum, and of the much heralded, government- built Resistat program…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:21 pm on March 7, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues., Mar. 9, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the second phase 3…


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Progress on the Parking Tickets Story

Posted by a 9:17 am on February 25, 2010

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University has taken an interest in our (Somerville Voices) proposed investigation of parking fines and has offered to analyze the ticket data for the amount of $500.…


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Davis Square Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 9:09 am on February 22, 2010

Davis Square Visioning Meeting

Wed. Mar. 3 6:30 PM

Tufts Administration Building (TAB)
169 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by the Office of Strategic Planning…


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Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

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Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Tues. Mar. 2 6:00 PM

Federal Realty Investment Trust
5 Middlesex Ave. Suite 401
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting the Assembly…


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Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting

Posted by a 10:11 pm on February 8, 2010

Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting

Wed. Feb. 10 3:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rm. 4
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

Jan. 28, 2010 MPO


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Comment Period on Amendment to MPO Public Participation Plan

Posted by a 10:09 pm on

Comment Period on Amendment to MPO Public Participation Plan

Starts: Mon. Feb. 8
Ends: Thurs. Mar. 25

Amendment (PDF)

This is the beginning of the 45-day comment…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:16 pm on January 31, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues., Feb. 16, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the rescheduling of the…


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Have Safety Issues Been Addressed at Market Basket?

Posted by a 10:47 pm on January 10, 2010

Following an armed robbery in the Market Basket parking lot last October, store representatives promised the Aldermen to address safety issues by installing surveillance cameras and better lighting in the parking lot. They also promised to undertake a parking study to address concerns about overcrowding and parked cars in fire lanes.  I wonder how much progress they’ve made so far?…


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MassDOT Public Hearing for Somerville’s Washington Street Project

Posted by a 6:52 pm on January 3, 2010

MassDOT Public Hearing for Somerville’s Washington Street Project

Thurs. Jan. 7, 7:00 PM

Ralph and Jenny Senior Center
9 New Washington St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is a…


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Ward 5 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 8:38 pm on November 25, 2009

Ward 5 ResiStat Meeting

Tues. Dec. 1, 7:00 PM

Cafeterium
John F. Kennedy School
5 Cherry St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward…


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Ward 2 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 8:37 pm on

Ward 2 ResiStat Meeting

Mon. Nov. 30, 7:30 PM

Argenziano School
290 Washington Street
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward 2 Alderman Heuston…


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The Pittsburg Precedent

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

Pittsburgh floats a sales tax on college tuition!


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Somerville Parking Updates from SPARC

Posted by a 11:02 pm on November 13, 2009

Permit parking changes are coming. The City has officially set Monday January 4th as the enforcement date for citywide resident permit parking. + SPARCs Push for Tweaks to Permit Parking- Wins to Report + Summary from Nov 4th Parking Solutions Task Force meeting.


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Parking Rules Forum This Sunday

Posted by a 12:04 pm on November 12, 2009

Somerville Voices will sponsor a public forum on Sunday, Nov 15th, 7-9:30 pm about our city’s changing parking regulations and how they will affect residents, visitors, businesses, and the city budget. …


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Rutherford Avenue/Sullivan Square Project Design Meeting

Posted by a 9:38 pm on October 4, 2009

Rutherford Avenue/Sullivan Square Project Design Meeting

Thurs. Oct. 8, 6:30 PM

Schrafft’s Center Cafe
529 Main St.
Charlestown MA (map) ‎

Public meeting to discuss the Rutherford Ave./Sullivan…


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Somerville Traffic Commission Meeting

Posted by a 8:55 pm on

Somerville Traffic Commission Meeting

Thurs. Oct. 15, 6:00 PM

Somerville Traffic and Parking
133 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of the Traffic Commission…


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Joe’s Original Crosswalks

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

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

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

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


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Public Records Request : Parking Meter Revenues

Posted by a 9:56 am on August 26, 2009

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the City:

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to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Public Records Request : Parking Officer Data

Posted by a 9:54 am on

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the City:

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to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Public Records Request : Car Towing Information

Posted by a 9:51 am on

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the City:

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to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Public Records Request : Parking Ticket Appeals

Posted by a 9:47 am on

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the City:

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to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Public Records Request : Parking Ticket Data

Posted by a 9:43 am on

In preparation for the parking tickets story, I have submitted the following request for public records to the city:

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to Jaclyn Rossetti <JRossetti(at)somervillema.gov>
cc Thomas Champion <TChampion(at)somervillema.gov>
date Tue, Aug…


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Somerville Traffic Commission Meeting

Posted by a 5:15 pm on August 16, 2009

This is the regular meeting of the Traffic Commission to discuss extending resident-only parking throughout Somerville and increasing meter rates and time periods. Thurs. Aug. 20, 6 PM , Tufts Admin. Building (TAB) 167 Holland St.


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Are Somerville’s parking regulations available online?

Posted by a 1:58 pm on

I would like to read Somerville’s official parking regulations, including the schedule of fines, the hearing process, etc. Does anyone know if this information is available online? Thanks…


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Evening of civility ends with abrupt rejection at Traffic Board Meeting

Posted by a 12:39 pm on August 15, 2009

Thursday’s event at City Hall was a far cry from the tense, emotion-high fracas that went down at the Traffic Commission meeting two weeks ago. The stately Aldermanic chamber was likewise filled with concerned Somerville citizens, but this time, the city’s controversial May 21 vote was the agenda.…


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Recording of August 13 Traffic Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:18 am on

Click here to listen: link


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Fund This Story : Somerville Parking Tickets

Posted by a 1:14 am on

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Although parking tickets are meant to punish violators and provide maximum street access to those who live, work, or visit here, the city depends on this revenue to shore up its budget. We intend to find out whether all residential neighborhoods and business districts pay an equitable share of parking fines. If not, why? We will analyze the ticket data to see who is paying or not and for which types of tickets.…


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Traffic Board Meeting and Hearing

Posted by a 8:54 pm on August 9, 2009

Traffic Board Meeting and Hearing

Thurs. Aug. 13, 6 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)

This is…


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Aug 13 Public Hearing on Parking Changes

Posted by a 4:30 pm on August 8, 2009

This public hearing will be convened by the Traffic Board in the Aldemanic Chamber at City Hall. I initially noticed this in Deb Filcman’s Aug 7 SJ blog post.  For background about the parking changes, visit the SPARC blog , check out the just-posted video of the 7/27 interview on SCAT’s Progressive Voices of SPARC-co-founder Courtney Koslow,  or see the recent articles on Somerville Voices/Journal/News.…


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Permit-Only Parking Under Fire at Traffic Commission Meeting

Posted by a 9:28 pm on July 30, 2009

It seems as if the Somerville Traffic Commission has a sticky situation on it’s hands. I attended the regularly scheduled Somerville Traffic Commission meeting at the Tufts Administration building this evening, and from what was printed on the agenda, I expected a fairly run-of-the-mill session. But the 75-odd residents who packed the TAB cafeteria had a different agenda in mind…


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Somerville Traffic Commission Meeting

Posted by a 10:09 pm on July 26, 2009

Somerville Traffic Commission Meeting

Thurs. July 30, 5 PM

Tufts Admin. Building (TAB)
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

Report of Parking Solutions Task Force, June


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Somerville Parking Advocacy and Reform Coalition (SPARC) forms in response to parking regulation changes

Posted by a 2:43 pm on July 18, 2009

Somerville Parking Advocacy and Reform Coalition (SPARC), a group of business groups, neighborhood associations and concerned residents advocating for a more thoughtful and comprehensive approach to parking regulation in Somerville, has formed to addresses the recent citywide parking changes.…


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48 hour parking rule

Posted by a 11:09 am on March 9, 2009

I got ticketed for not moving my car. The snow had melted, noone had complained. This rule is AWFUL…


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Drivers Education to be offered at Somerville Adult Evening School

Posted by a 7:31 pm on December 16, 2008

Pleasant Auto School and Somerville Adult Evening School have teamed up to provide a 5 week driver’s education course for any teens or adults with a learner’s permit. Students receive 30 hours of classroom instruction, twelve hours of Road Lessons, six hours of observation time.


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