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Comments on EEA #13989, Notice of Project Change: Assembly Row Revised Program for Partners Healthcare Site
Comments on Application for Modifications to Preliminary Master Plan Approval for Assembly Square PUD
15-Jun-2014

Stop Unsafe Bicycling, Walking, and Driving
22-Sep-2013

To My Fellow Cyclists
5-Sep-2013

Boston Cyclists Union (Facebook)
(29-Apr-2012)

Live Streaming Committee and Board Meetings
Aldermanic Standing Committees
Aldermanic Special Committees
Urban Ring
OSPCD - The Visioning Process at Porter Square and Wilson Square
(18-Dec-11)

Somerville Housing Authority (Agendas and Minutes)
(27-Nov-11)

Presentation: Arlington Center Safe Travel Project
Arlington Center Safe Travel Project
(8-Jan-12)

E-mail to Ald. White and the Planning Board regarding Porter Square Zoning Changes
(30-Dec-11)

DCR Section 61 Finding on Assembly Square (PDF)
(27-Dec-11)

Draft MBTA Capital Investment Plan FY2013-FY2017 (PDF)
How to Organize a Redevelopment Authority (PDF)
2012 Somerville City Budget (PDF)
(11-Dec-11)

Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line Extension Community
Visioning Process Draft Report (PDF)
Green Line Extension to Somerville Project
(4-Dec-11)

Somerville Board of Assessors
FTA Region 1 - New England
(News and Bulletins)
FTA Library

(20-Nov-11)

Grand Junction Commuter Rail Project
(27-Nov-11)

interactivesomerville.org
Somerville Comprehensive Plan 2010-2030
Somerville Community Path Extension Project

(13-Nov-11)

United States Access Board (Public Rights-of-Way)
Somerville ResiStat Program
Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop Project
(6-Nov-11)

MWRA Board of Directors Meeting Schedule
(30-Oct-11)

Federal Realty (Massachusetts | Assembly Square)
(23-Oct-11)

Beat Report: 10/6/11 Planning Board Meeting
(6-Oct-11)

Beat Report: 9/29/11 Design Review Committee Meeting
(1-Oct-11)

Beat Report: 9/26/11 Assembly Square PAC Meeting
(1-Oct-11)

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) (Public Meetings | News and Events)
Charlestown Chamber of Commerce
(9-Oct-11)

Beat Report: 9/15/11 Planning Board Meeting
(Posted 15-Sep-11)

E-mail to Mass DEP Regarding Assembly Square River Park
E-mail to Boston MPO Regarding Green Line Extension
What Is the Boston MPO and Why Is It Important?
MPO Transportation Improvement Plan Process
Beat Report: 9/8/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

(Posted 11-Sep-11)

Porter Square Visioning Process
(Updated 5-Sep-2011)

Regional Transportation Advisory Council
MPO Transportation Improvement Plan Process
7/20/11 Mystic River Master Plan Public Meeting Slides (PDF) | Follow-up Communication 7.25.11
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (Public Meetings | Public Meetings Archive | News)
(Posted 7-Aug-11)

Mystic River Master Plan
WalMart in Assembly Square Project
WalMart Wants to Come to Assembly Square

(Posted 24-Jul-2011)

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (Public Meetings | Announcements)
Mystic River Master Plan (PDF)
(Posted 17-Jul-2011)

The Tragedy of the Commons
Refutation of the Tragedy of the Commons
On the “tragedy of the commons” (that is, the tragedy of commons without communities)
(Posted 19-Jun-2011)

Inner Belt/Brickbottom Plan Website
Inner Belt / Brickbottom Development Project
(Posted 4-Jun-2011)

Green Line Extension to Somerville Project
Inner Belt / Brickbottom Development Project
(Posted 30-May-2011)

Porter Square Visioning Process
(Posted 22-May-2011)

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)
MEPA Environmental Monitor
Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop Project
Green Line Extension to Somerville Project
Analysis of the Boston Engineering Terminal for the Purposes of Siting a Light Rail Vehicle Support Facility (PDF)
(Posted 15-May-2011)

Assembly Square Mixed-Use Development Project
Somerville Bicycle Committee (Agendas and Minutes)
Somerville Conservation Commission (Agendas and Minutes)
Somerville Design Review Committee
(Agendas and Minutes)
Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (Agendas and Minutes)
Somerville Planning Board (Agendas and Minutes | Reports and Decisions)
Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals (Agendas and Minutes | Reports and Decisions)
Somerville Traffic Commission (Agendas and Minutes)
(Posted 8-May-2011)

Self-Storage in Assembly Square Project
(Posted 23-Apr-2011)

Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop Project
Assembly Row District Improvement Financing Program

(Posted 1-May-2011)

Assembly Square Mixed-Use Development Project
Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop Project
Self-Storage in Assembly Square Project
(Posted 3-Apr-2011)

OSPCD Planning and Zoning
Assembly Row District Improvement Financing Program
(Posted 20-Mar-2011)

Economics of Happiness Flyer (PDF)
(Posted 20-Mar-2011)

Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) (Calendar)
Somerville ResiStat
(Posted 6-Feb-2011)

Comprehensive Plan SomerVision Flier (PDF)
(Posted 14-Feb-2011)

MaxPac Redevelopment Project
Green Line Extension to Somerville Project

(Updated 6-Feb-2011)

MaxPac Redevelopment Project
(Updated 16-Jan-2011)

ecitizenfoundation.org
Open Public Meetings
Public Meeting Notices and Agendas Wiki
e-democracy.org
(Posted 9-Jan-2011)

Assembly Square Mixed-Use Development Project
(Updated 9-Jan-2011)

Somerville Community Path Extension Project
(Updated 6-Dec-2010)

Interactive Somerville Open Neighborhood
(Posted 5-Dec.2010)

Assembly Row District Improvement Financing Program
(Updated 1-Dec-2010)

Gilman Walk Flier (PDF)
(Posted 20-Nov-2010)

11/14/10 Subcommittee Draft Policies and Actions (PDF)
Somerville Comprehensive Plan Process
(Posted 14-Nov-2010)

Somerville Zoning Map (PDF)
Large Retail Parking Ordinance (PDF)
Large Retail Parking Ordinance Staff Report (PDF)

(Posted 7-Nov-2010)

Testimony on Ordinance Allowing Self-Storage in Assembly Square
Self-Storage Scenarios (PDF)
(Submitted to Planning Board and Land Use Committee 11/4/10)
(Posted 6-Nov-2010)

Aldermanic Standing Committees
Aldermanic Special Committees

(Posted 4-Nov-2010)

Friends of the Community Paths (Somerville)
(Posted 1-Nov-2010)

Assembly Square Mixed-Use Development Project
Somerville Meeting Portal

(Posted 31-Oct-2010)

Self-Storage in Assembly Square Project
(Posted 20-Oct-2010)

Green Line Extension to Somerville Project
Union Square Development Project
(Posted 17-Oct-2010)

Somerville District Improvement Financing Program
9/15/10 Somerville District Improvement Financing Program Public Hearing
Testimony on Somerville DIF
City Transcript of DIF Public Hearing (PDF)

(Posted 3-Oct-2010)

Green Line Extension to Somerville Project
(Posted 26-Sep-2010)

Assembly Square Mixed-Use Development Project
Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop Project

Assembly Square Change-of-Use Ordinance
(Posted 21-Sep-2010)

Assembly Square Self-Storage Ordinance (PDF)
(Posted 19-Sep-2010)

HUD Consolidated Plans, Action Plans, and CAPER
Assembly Square Ch 91 Tidelands Application
Somerville District Improvement Financing Program

HUD Action Plan
(Posted 12-Sep-2010)

Boston.com Public Notices
Somerville News Legal Notices

(Posted 5-Sep-2010)

MassDOT Transit Division
MassDOT Highway Division
MassDOT Accelerated Bridge Program
MassDOT Aeronautics Division

(Posted 9-Jul-2010)

Davis Square Bridge Club
(Updated 30-Aug-2010)

My God's Better Than Your God
(Uploaded 22-Aug-2010)

Beat Reporter Project Proposal
(Updated 18-Jul-2010)

Green Line Extension FEIR
(Posted 20-Jun-2010)

Green Line Extension to Somerville Project
MBTA Red Line / Blue Line Connector Project
(Updated 13-Jun-2010)

Somerville Historic Preservation Information
Somerville Historic Preservation Commission
(Posted 6-Jun-2010)

FTA Livable and Sustainable Communities
(Posted 31-May-2010)

STEP Green Line Extension Design Workshop Proposal
Assembly Square FEIR Testimony (Submitted to EOEA 4/22/10)
(Posted 25-Apr-2010)

Somerville Planning Board (Reports and Decisions)
Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals (Reports and Decisions)
Gentle Giant Rowing Club
(Posted 11-Apr-2010)

The Curse of Tsongas (Somerville Voices, 5/9/10)
(Posted 9-May-2010)

Blog Entries
(Updated 25-Apr-2010)

Comment on Changes to MA Open Meeting Law (Submitted via e-mail to openmeeting@state.ma.us 4/20/10)
(Posted 20-Apr-2010)

Huffington Post, 4/18/10, in response to "Restore the Constitution Rally: Open-Carry Gun Advocates to Protest Obama, Health Care, Gun Rights."
Assembly Square Final EIR Contents (3/15/10)
(Posted 18-Apr-2010)

Somerville Voices, 4/17/10, appended to "April 15 Planning Board Meeting"
Somerville Voices, 4/12/10, appended to "April 15 Planning Board Meeting"
(Posted 17-Apr-2010)

Somerville Voices, 4/14/10, in response to "Sarah Palin’s tea party in Boston, April 14"
(Posted 14-Apr-2010)

Somerville Voices, 4/11/10, in response to "Sarah Palin’s tea party in Boston, April 14"
Somerville Voices, 4/11/10, in response to “2010-2011 HUD Action Plan Public Hearing”

(Posted 11-Apr-2010)

Parks and Open Space Department
(Posted 21-Mar-2010)

Imprinting
(Updated 15-Mar-2010)

Assembly Square Orange Line 30% Design Meeting Slides
Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET)
(Posted 07-Mar-2010)

Short-term variation in near-highway air pollutant gradients on a winter morning (J. L. Durant, et al. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 10, 5599-5626, 2010) (PDF) (Link to technical paper on air pollution along I-93 )
(Posted 28-Feb-2010)

Somerville Voices, 2/21/10, in response to “Public Hearing for 2010-2011 HUD Action Plan”
Somerville Commercial District Information

Davis Square Task Force
Davis Square Development Project
Washington Street Improvement Project
HUD Action Plan
(Posted 21-Feb-2010)

Somerville Office of Sustainability and Environment
You Move Massachusetts
MoveMass.org (Events)
Urban Ring Project
MIT Master's Thesis (2008): Strategies to Develop and Preserve Affordable Housing along the Green Line (PDF)
HUD Action Plan Meeting Flier (PDF)
(Posted 10-Feb-2010)

MPO Transportation Improvement Project Database
MetroFuture.org
(Events)
(Posted 08-Feb-2010)

Boston Society of Civil Engineers
MetroBoston DataCommon

(Posted 31-Jan-2010)

The Scene of the Heaving Bedclothes
(Posted 31-Jan-2010)

STEP Summary of Scope of Technical Work Program for the Green Line Extension FEIR
CTPS Scope of Technical Work for the Green Line Extension FEIR (PDF) Mystic River Data Common
MAPC Somerville Community Snapshot

(Posted 24-Jan-2010)

STEP Response to Green Line Extension DEIR Certificate
WalkBoston
(Posted 23-Jan-2010)

Green Line Extension DEIR Certificate (PDF)
(Posted 19-Jan-2010)

Green Line Extension Draft Environmental Impact Report Testimony (Submitted to EOEA 1/3/10)
(Posted 3-Jan-2010)

SomerVision Flier (PDF)
(Posted 15-Nov-2009)

E-Mail Comments to MPO on Draft 2010-2013 TIP and Air Quality Conformity Determination (Submitted to MPO 9/21/09)
(Posted 21-Sep-2009)

Comments to EOT on SIP Transit Commitments 2009 Status Report and Draft 2010-2013 TIP and Air Quality Conformity Determination (Submitted to EOT 9/13/09)
Comments to Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz on Assembly Square T-Stop (Submitted 9/12/09 as testimony toward 9/16/09 Finance Committee hearing)
Background Information and Recommendations for the Design of the Assembly Square T Stop Prepared by Wig Zamore, MVTF and STEP (PDF)
(Posted 13-Sep-2009)

Mayor Curtatone Welcome Letter (PDF)
(Posted 6-Sep-2009)

Free Market Loves Me
Comments on Urban Ring Phase 2 Notice of Project Change EEA #12565 (Submitted to Executive Office of Environmental Affairs 8/7/09)
(Posted 9-Aug-2009)

Structuring Oral Testimony for Public Participation
(Posted 26-Jul-2009)

Viking Kittens
(Posted 19-Jul-2009)

Auto-Tune the News (American blessings)
(Posted 18-Jul-2009)

Vision for Porter Square Testimony (Submitted to City of Somerville Director of Economic Development 5/31/09)
Testimony for Boston MPO Program for Mass Transportation (Submitted to Boston MPO PMT 5/31/09)
Assembly Square Draft Environmental Impact Report Testimony (Submitted to EOEA 8/10/08)
(Posted 5-Jul-2009)