As private dorm developer moves in, Davis Square businesses pushed out, Burren safe

Scape, a British company that builds private, for-profit dorms, acquired half a block of Davis Square real estate running along Elm Street and Grove Street over the summer. The company has told many business owners they will need to relocate in a year and a half, though the owner of the Burren says the popular […]


Somerville with Townie Tim: Allston Christmas

Hello students and welcome back to Somerville! For all those returning to the column, it’s good to have you back. This semester promises to be a good one. But before we really get into the jibber-jabber, how was your move-in? If you are new to Tufts, then you probably did the whole song and dance […]


Following Somerville, Medford City Council files home rule petition, requesting Tufts’ master plans

The Medford City Council passed a home rule charter petition Sept. 5 that, if passed by the Massachusetts state legislature, would ensure that Tufts and other nonprofits provide the city with institutional master plans. The home rule petition was filed in the Massachusetts state legislature the same day by State Rep. Christine Barber. Under a […]


Tufts ups PILOT to Medford, Somerville as Boston sees cuts

Tufts increased its payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to the cities of Medford and Somerville to $450,000 each for fiscal year 2019 up from $275,000 in 2018, or a 64% increase. The City of Boston also received $450,000 for fiscal year 2019, but this was down from a contribution of $584,147 last year, a […]


Curtatone wins mayoral prelim, challenger sees hope for general

The results of yesterday’s preliminary election for Somerville mayor led both camps to declare victory. Joe Curtatone, Somerville’s incumbent mayor of 15 years, won the three-way contest with 57.49% of the vote, while his main challenger, Marianne Walles, a social worker and activist, garnered 37.12%. The percentage Walles racked presents the closest race against Curtatone […]


Tiered housing implemented as CoHo’s final phase opens its doors

The start of this school year marks both the end of construction on Tufts’ latest housing development and the implementation of a major new housing policy. According to the Tufts Student Life (TSL) website,  the anticipated tiered housing policy, which will change on-campus housing prices based on quality, is to be implemented in the 2019–20 […]


Out on the Town: Union Square/Bow Market

Over the past couple weeks, my eternal search for a way to kill time has led me to Union Square in Somerville. I have fallen in love with the area, and I’m eager to share it with all of you. There are all sorts of attractions there, which warrant repeat visits to the square to […]


Police Briefs — Week of April 22

On April 15 at 9:40 a.m., Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) was notified of two dislodged exits signs hanging from the ceiling in Miller Hall. The Tufts Facilities Service Department was notified and replaced both signs for the second time within the last two weeks. TUPD is currently investigating. Later that day at 12:48 p.m., […]


PILOT negotiating committee holds community update

Community members, students and members of Tufts Housing League (THL) attended an April 16 meeting held by the team negotiating a new partnership agreement between Tufts and Somerville. The meeting occurred in the Tufts Administration Building. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Ward 7 alderwoman Katjana Ballantyne, who are on the negotiating committee, led the meeting. […]


Ayanna Pressley speaks on experiences, policy making at Tisch College event

Rep. Ayanna Pressley spoke on a variety of subjects, including her congressional campaign and her stance on legislation supporting the impeachment of Donald Trump, last night at the ASEAN Auditorium in an event organized by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Alan Solomont, the dean of Tisch College, led the interview, which lasted […]


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