After meaningfully engaging over 900 people over the last four years to create and prioritize community principles for the Green Line Corridor through our Community Corridor Planning (CCP) initiative, it’s now time to our ideas into action. SCC’s Link Somerville committee is currently working to develop a set of community-generated “Equity Standards” to act as metrics for good development in Somerville with respect to local jobs, open space, mobility, affordable housing, and land use. This action-oriented plan will serve as an accountability tool for the City of Somerville and partner organizations to measure equity over time and achieve equitable outcomes.
The Link Somerville Equity Standards bring together different groups over a common agenda and connect stakeholders to one another so that important work in our community is not done in isolation, but instead reinforced through collaboration. Our hope is that this platform provides an impactful way to codify equity over the next 20 years and beyond, with the main purpose of inviting others to support our movement for equitable change and to have stakeholders commit to and contribute in helping reach just outcomes and policies.
The Link Somerville Equity Standards are meant to be both service and action-oriented, bringing like-minded people together over a common agenda and connecting participants to resources and opportunities. We want to link different groups so that important work in our community is not being done in isolation, but instead being reinforced through collaboration.
By numerically and graphically representing our shared issue areas with map and data visuals, we will be able to show which neighborhoods are changing dramatically and which areas continue to go underserved. This in turn can help inform future campaigns, local fiscal investments, and partnerships, as well as provide a system to measure from a baseline.
Stay tuned for more information as this project develops and we prepare to release the completed Equity Standards document in early to mid-2014!
Contact Mashael Majid for more information: mmajid @ somervillecdc.org x228