Coronavirus: Updates on Cancelations, Closures, and More

Three Somerville residents have also tested positive for the virus, all seemingly linked to a Biogen conference, according to the City’s website. The three cases involve: a parent of a West Somerville Neighborhood School student and the spouse of a teacher at the school, the parent of an East Somerville Community School parent, and a male Somerville […]


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: 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 […]



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 […]


Behind the Curtain with Tyler Rosati

Tyler Rosati almost didn’t audition for his first Shit-faced Shakespeare play. After feeling overwhelmed by a perceived lack of experience and unpreparedness, he left the room and started crying. “I sat on the bench outside of The Rockwell, and put on weird versions of people singing [the song from the hit musical ‘Wicked’] ‘Defying Gravity’ […]


Drinks Before Dinner

When Stephen Mackey became president and CEO of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce in 1995, the nation was in the midst of an urban resurgence and the city wanted a piece of it.  As he saw it, Somerville had three big advantages: It was the most densely populated city in New England, it was closer […]



Destination: Somerville

There’s a small park, colorful three-decker homes, community restaurants, and local and franchise stores on Somerville Avenue, near Central Street. It’s a sparse and quiet area. And in a couple of years, a six-story luxury hotel is expected to squeeze into this environment. The city of Somerville currently has three hotels: La Quinta, Holiday Inn, […]


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 […]


Everything’s The Same, Everything’s Different

There are some 81,000 people living in Somerville’s 4.2 square miles of real estate, but there’s really just one you’re going to blame if our trash isn’t picked up or the roads aren’t plowed: the mayor.   Since 1872, 35 people have held that office. The current occupant, Mayor Joe Curtatone, is the city’s longest-serving […]