Somerville releases final plan for new citywide bike network
Somerville released its first-ever Bicycle Network Plan on April 11 to build an 88-mile system of connected bike lanes throughout the city. The network, which will be completed within the next few decades, would make Somerville the only municipality in Massachusetts besides Cambridge to establish a citywide bicycle network.
Somerville passes new ordinance to prevent discrimination against people in polyamorous relations
The Somerville City Council passed an ordinance on March 23 seeking to combat discrimination against polyamorous people in the workplace and in interactions with law enforcement. The bill is one of the first of its kind, and comes three years after Somerville passed an ordinance officially recognizing polyamorous relationships.
Somerville allocates $1.6 million toward housing supportive services
Somerville’s Housing Division plans to allocate $1.6 million in federal funds towards services including rental assistance and housing stabilization by 2030. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnership American Rescue Plan Program, an initiative that provides funding to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across the country.
City tells Somerville Media Center to relocate by April 30
The City of Somerville is requiring Somerville Media Center to relocate from its current home in Union Square by April 30. Formed in March 1983, SMC produces local radio shows and TV shows as well as youth programs that seek to educate children in the use of media tools to tell their own stories.
Somerville ZBA approves plans for 299 Broadway housing, retail development
Somerville’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously on Feb. 1 to approve permit requests for a new Winter Hill building complex, representing a major step towards the area’s long-desired revitalization. Located at 299 Broadway, the site of a closed Star Market, the development would consist of two mixed-use buildings, multiple retail spaces and a civic plaza, in addition to a pocket park along Seawall Street.
Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism raises $5,000 to keep the Somerville Wire running temporarily
The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism raised $5,000 in three weeks to keep running the Somerville Wire, Editor Jason Pramas announced in a Feb. 2 editorial. The donations of 40 Somervillians allowed the Wire, an online, independent newspaper, to avoid a long-term spring hiatus.
Somerville starts ‘consolidated rental waitlist’ for affordable housing
The City of Somerville plans to launch a new consolidated rental waitlist in late 2023 to simplify the application process for reduced-cost housing opportunities as part of the city’s expanding inclusionary housing program.
Somerville City Council passes measure to eliminate medical debt
The Somerville City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Jan. 12 calling for the cancellation of Somerville residents’ medical debt. Headed by City Councilors At-Large Willie Burnley Jr. and Charlotte Kelly, the plan details the reappropriation of American Rescue Plan Act funds to buy medical debt portfolios in bulk for those residents who make up to 400% of the federal poverty rate, or those for whom debt is 5% or more of their annual income.
Residents will decide how Somerville spends $1 million of its budget next year
Davis Square is pictured on Nov. 3, 2021.Photo by(Kiana Vallo / The Tufts Daily) For the first time in the city’s history, Somerville will let its residents decide how to spend a portion of the city budget next year. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne has set aside $1 million of the city’s $293-million fiscal year 2023 budget for participatory budgeting, a method designed to fund small-scale community improvement projects while engaging locals — particularly those from historically marginalized communities — in the political process.
Somerville named a leading global city for climate action
A residential street in Somerville is pictured on Dec. 6.Photo by(Lauren Aliotta / The Tufts Daily) Somerville has made the 2022 Carbon Disclosure Project’s cities A-List, an award for leadership on environmental action and transparency. Only 12% of the 1,002 cities evaluated worldwide received this designation based on commitment to long-term climate action plans, fossil fuel emission reduction targets and local climate risk assessments.
Tufts and local community members react to impending Davis Square renovation project
Stores located along Elm Street in Davis Square are pictured on Nov. 12.Photo by(Elin Shih / The Tufts Daily) Due to its close proximity to campus, Davis Square has been a place for many Tufts students to spend time and enjoy a variety of local businesses in the area. But according to recent local news reports, Scape Development plans to construct a four-story lab building that would displace beloved businesses including When Pigs Fly bakery, McKinnon’s Meat Market, Sligo Pub, Kung Fu Tea, Martsa on Elm Tibetan Cuisine and Dragon Pizza. On Sept. 22, the City of Somerville’s Planning Board officially approved the renovation plan.
Abandoned House - Somerville, Massachusetts
I found this abandoned house while walking around Somerville, MA. I wasn't able to get inside but I was able to get some information (in the video) on the house and drone footage. ENJOY! For more, Follow me on TikTok & YouTube. Unknown Ventures
Somerville gathers for annual domestic violence vigil, Ballantyne, advocates call for community action
Mayor Katjana Ballantyne speaks at Somerville's Domestic Violence Vigil on Oct 26.(Courtesy Greta Hagen) Members of the Somerville community came together on Wednesday evening for the city’s annual Domestic Violence Vigil, mourning lives lost to domestic violence this year. Held at the West Branch of the Somerville Public Library, the vigil was organized by the Somerville Commission for Women and RESPOND, New England’s oldest domestic violence prevention agency. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne gave opening remarks at the vigil.
Community Day returns to Tufts campus after 2 years
The Tufts Community Day event is pictured on Oct. 2.(Quan Tran / The Tufts Daily) Tufts held its annual Community Day event on Oct. 2. Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered for a day filled with performances, food, fun activities and thought provoking discussions with organizations on the academic quad.
Somerville moves one step closer to a net-zero emissions policy for new buildings
Somerville City Hall is pictured on March 12.(Nicole Garay / The Tufts Daily) In late August, the Somerville City Council unanimously passed a home rule petition creating a net-zero fossil fuel emissions policy for new construction projects and major renovations in the city. The policy was introduced by Councilors Ben Ewen-Campen and Lance Davis with support from Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne.
Somerville residents hold Safe Streets rally for improved transportation infrastructure
A display for the Somerville bike safety rally is pictured on Sept. 17.(Madeline Wilson / The Tufts Daily) Residents of Somerville gathered on Sept. 17 for a rally in support of safer streets at Seven Hills Park in Davis Square. The event was held in response to the death of Stephen Conley, a Somerville resident who was fatally struck by a car door while riding his bike on Broadway on Aug. 12.
This Free Family Festival Will Include Fireworks, Kids Crafts & Live Music
(SOMERVILLE, MA) Assembly Row invites you to celebrate the end of summer and "cap off the summer season" with an entire day filled with free events, fun, and fireworks! This year Riverfest is brought"to you by Capital One Cafe" and being held on Saturday, September 10th.
Magical Event Invites You to Build a Fairy House, Create a Magical Wand & Search for Signs of Fairies!
(SOMERVILLE, MA) You're invited to "a garden celebration for fairies and their friends: build a fairyhouse, create a fairywand, listen to a fairystory, and search the garden for signs of fairies." Hosted by The Somerville Community Growing Center, the event is free to attend although "donations are encouraged to support the Growing Center and future Gatherings of Fairies."
Somerville City Council passes ordinance protecting those seeking gender-affirming care
Somerville City Hall is pictured on March 12.Nicole Garay / The Tufts Daily. The Somerville City Council unanimously passed an ordinance protecting the rights of individuals seeking gender-affirming care on June 9. The ordinance prohibits City of Somerville law enforcement from helping to enforce laws e.
Lyndell’s Bakery: The sweetest spot in Somerville
The interior of Lyndell's Bakery is pictured on Feb. 9.Elin Shih / The Tufts Daily. When you open the door to Lyndell’s, you’re walking into more than just a bakery. You’re taking a bite of local history.