Our strategy and approach to community development is informed by a wide variety of sources including research studies, people in our neighborhoods, movements in other cities, and local organizations and partners. Below, we’ve included some of the written studies and reports that inspire our work. The list is by no means complete, as movements and strategies are constantly growing and changing and more is always being written. We encourage you to explore these materials and to contact people and organizations with questions.
Studies Commissioned or Conducted by SCC
- Dimensions of Displacement: Baseline Data for Managing Neighborhood Change in Somerville's Green Line Corridor
The Green Line Extension may benefit the City of Somerville in many ways, but it may also cause displacement of low- and moderate-income residents, finds this critical report released February 11 by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in partnership with the City of Somerville, Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP), Friends of the Community Path, and Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance. Read More
Union Square is a neighborhood in transition. With the arrival of the Green Line, major redevelopment efforts, and a neighborhood plan in the works, local residents in Union Square East - the area between Prospect, Medford, South, and Washington streets - got together to think of ways to influence the changes that reflect their values and needs. SCC worked with neighbors, Davis Square Architects, and Enterprise Community Partners on this community vision.
After meaningfully engaging over 1000 people to create and prioritize community principles for the Green Line Corridor through our CCP initiative, Link Somerville is excited to introduce the Link Somerville Equity Standards – a set of community-generated metrics for good development in Somerville with respect to local jobs, open space, mobility, affordable housing, and land use. The Link Somerville Equity Standards bring together different groups over a common agenda so that important work in our community is not done in isolation, but instead reinforced through collaboration.
This report was prepared for SCC by Reconnecting America, the Center for Transit-Oriented Development. The report analyzes and offers strategy ideas to address the major impact the new Green Line Corridor and Assembly Square T-stop will have on land uses and development.
In 2011, the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (MSGA) announced Great Neighborhoods, an exciting and innovative partnership launching in five Massachusetts communities. Through the generous support of the Barr Foundation and Ford Foundation, MSGA is partnering with local stakeholders and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) to create Great Neighborhoods that will transform the lives of more than 100,000 residents through economic development, transportation and environmental initiatives, housing development,design and planning.
Great Neighborhoods worked with a coalition of community groups (Somerville Community Development Corporation, East Broadway Main Streets Groundworks Somerville, STEP, MAPC) and the City of Somerville to revitalize the areas in East Somerville along the Broadway Corridor leading to a renovated Sullivan Square and Assembly Square transit stations. This project and report presents many opportunities for economic revitalization and the creation of new public spaces in this community.
The East Somerville Initiative was a two-year, community-based planning process that provides a concrete example of how to involve residents in discussing and planning for the future of their community. Over 350 people were involved in developing and implementing an Action Plan to "proactively improve conditions in East Somerville while taking strong steps to minimize the displacement of the diverse population of people who live here."
Report on Summary of Results of the Community Workshop on the Green Line Extension Through Somerville and Medford
Learn the lay of the land in East Somerville and about the community itself straight from the people who live here.
RESEARCH BY SCC INTERNS AND FELLOWS
- Strategies to Develop and Preserve Affordable Housing along the Green Line. Cali Kay Gorewitz, Masters in Urban Planning, MIT, 2008.
- Community Food Security in East Somerville: Small Businesses and Local Food Written by Students of Tufts University, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, 2007.
INSPIRATIONS BY PEERS IN THE FIELD
- Building the Line to Equity - 6 Steps for Achieving Equitable Transit-Oriented Development in MA. PolicyLink, 2006.
- Community Controlled Housing for Massachusetts. PolicyLink, 2006.
- Tenants Rights in Massachusetts: Private Housing. MassLegalHelp, 2008.
- Geography of Opportunity: Building Opportunity in MA. Kirwan Institute, 2009.
- Foreclosed: State of the Dream 2008. United for a Fair Economy, 2008.
- Journal of Community Power Building. Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, 2005.
Small businesses were on the edges of their seats May 12th, listening to real estate attorney Matthew Lynch answer questions about how to get or renegotiate a lease that gives the most power and ability to stay here in Somerville. Read the tips in this document. Matthew Lynch is a partner with Nixon Peabody and gave the workshop through his participation in the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. The workshop was co-sponsored by Somerville Local First.