City of Somerville

A broad goal outlined in SomerVision is to promote economic development while maintaining the unique character found Somerville’s squares and neighborhoods. To achieve this goal, the Planning Division established Somerville by Design. Through regular engagement with residents, Somerville by Design strives to conduct long-term planning within the spirit of SomerVision – guided by the values, aspirations, and tastes of the community. Somerville by Design often uses creative methods to spark inspiration, for instance, by creating temporary “pop-up” plazas with food trucks or holding outdoor walking meetings so residents can physically point to design attributes that work or don’t work in their neighborhood.

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