Articles by Elie Levine

Following Somerville’s LEED: How the City is Working Towards Green Construction

Somerville’s new zoning ordinance introduces a set of limits to the city’s energy standards for new laboratory buildings in the city, and not everyone agrees that this will help the city. The new LEED Platinum standards require that development in Somerville is even more sustainable than what is currently required in nearby Cambridge and Boston.  […]


What’s New: City Beat

Rep. Denise Provost will not seek re-electionDenise Provost, who has represented the 27th Middlesex District for 13 years, announced at the beginning of January that she would not seek reelection this year. Throughout her career, Provost has championed environmental protection policies and worked for attaining equal rights for transgender people. Provost says it’s been a […]


What’s New: New & Improved Eats

Teele Square Happy Crab: OpenHappy Crab, a new cajun seafood restaurant, opened Jan. 1 in the former location of Amelia’s Kitchen at 1137 Broadway. Happy-hour drinks, available from 3 to 5 p.m., are buy one, get one free. The menu is teeming with seafood options, featuring scallops, mussels, and baby clams, with a selection of […]


The Maker’s Mark

As skyrocketing real estate prices cause rents to soar, maintaining space for the arts in Somerville is increasingly difficult. Still, arts and recreation thrive in a recently developed non-industrial complex—located in a historically industrial space.  Along the abandoned B&M railroad line and within one of Somerville’s oldest industrial neighborhoods lies the Somernova business complex. It […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Lloyd Schwartz

The year was 1983. Lloyd Schwartz was living in Cambridge, working as classical music editor for The Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly periodical with a nationally renowned music section. He was also teaching full-time at the University of Massachusetts Boston. At the time, Conde Nast Publications was reviving the magazine Vanity Fair, which had been […]


Reduce, Reuse, and Wrap

This holiday season, think before you buy reams of wasteful gift wrap. Step up your gift-wrapping game with sustainable tricks that won’t cost you tons of money or end up in the trash.  Scout caught up with Sarah Levy, founder of the Cambridge store Cleenland, which sells low-waste home goods; Amy Lou Stein, owner of […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Tufts Hillel’s Initiative for Innovative Community Building

As Christmas approaches, strings of holiday lights illuminate trees, winter festivals bring cheer to Somerville and Cambridge, and religious minorities in the city find their own light and warmth. Only 4 percent of Boston’s adults are Jewish, according to data from Pew Research Center. It’s no surprise that Jewish students may feel alienated by the […]


Join the Liz Bolduc Hate Club

Liz Bolduc says she’s the number-one person in her hate club, and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, that’s exactly how she became one of the Somerville comic book store Hub Comics’ favorite local artists.  Bolduc uses comics and zines to explore autobiographical themes like identity, personality, mental health, and relationships. She goes by […]


Petition calls to “Restore Broadway” in Winter Hill

Bus and bike lanes implemented this past September on Broadway in Somerville have stirred local unrest, manifesting in a movement called “Restore Broadway.” Installed as part of the city’s Winter Hill in Motion project, the lanes were intended to improve mobility in the area, serving as Somerville’s first lanes to support two-way bus traffic on […]