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  1. Somerville will be a testing ground for networked traffic management and self-parking carsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Nov 24 |

    The City of Somerville and Audi have teamed up to allow the German automaker to test self-parking car technology and a traffic management system in the city. In a press release, Audi said Somerville is an ideal testing ground because, according to Audi's research, about 60 million Americans live in a city about the same size.


  2. Boston neighborhoods are the most 'economically integrated' of any US metroRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Nov 24 |

    Despite Boston's reputation for rising rents and luxury condos with sky-high price tags, relatively few of the city's neighborhoods are accessible only to the rich, according to a new analysis of home prices by the real estate company Redfin. This does not mean it's not expensive to live here.


  3. 5 things to know about living in PlymouthRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Nov 22 |

    You may have gone to Plymouth on a field trip to walk around the Plimoth Plantation or to check out the famous Plymouth Rock . In fact, it was in this town that the first Thanksgiving is said to have taken place in November 1621 .


  4. How to sell 7 of the most expensive condos in Somerville, all at onceRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Nov 20 |

    Real estate developer Gwen Simpkins, the owner of Delaporte Development, has been in the business for 30 years and seems to know what the market wants. If she's right this time around, it means Somerville wants spacious condos selling at a price point the city has rarely seen, even for single-family houses.


  5. MBTA scraps Green Line extension public art projectsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Nov 19 |

    If the new transit stations on the Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford are ever built, they likely won't include previously planned public artwork. Eight artists who had been awarded contracts by the MBTA to design and install public artwork at the stations were told Tuesday by email that their work "cannot continue."


  6. Rep. Seth Moulton slams Gov. Charlie Baker's 'un-American' Syria refugee oppositionRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Nov 18 |

    U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton has provided the most prominent and personal criticism of Gov. Charlie Baker's opposition to accepting Syrian refugees since Monday. Moulton, a former Marine Corps officer who served in Iraq and is currently on the House Armed Services Committee, began his barbs with a tweet on Monday afternoon.


  7. Open house: Somerville condo has the coolest layout everRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Nov 13 |

    This 1,395-square-foot three-level loft condo in Somerville has one bedroom and one bathroom and is about as open concept as one can get.


  8. Police say Medford man pointed replica gun in road-rage incidentRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Nov 10 |

    A Medford man was arrested Tuesday after police say he pointed a replica gun at another driver during a road-rage incident. The other motorist called 911 at 4:30 p.m. and told Medford police that a man in a Honda Accord had pointed a gun at her while they were on the ramp from I-93 north to Mystic Avenue in Somerville.


  9. This could be me': A Somerville police officer reaches out after an emotional traffic stopRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Nov 5 |

    It began when Somerville Police Officer Ashley Catatao was running radar on Alewife Brook Parkway, and pulled over a car that was going 40 mph in a 30-mph zone. Sutherland told Catatao that she thought the last time she was pulled over for speeding was in 1985, and her precise recall made the officer laugh.


  10. The Boston Children's Museum beat out international competition for a top awardRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Nov 3 |

    The Boston Children's Museum is a mecca for exploration, discovery, and learning. And now the whole world knows it.


  11. Police are searching for a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a bicyclistRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Oct 31 |

    The crash occurred on Sept. 29 around 7:15 a.m. while the bicyclist, a 35-year-old from Somerville, was biking to work on Webster Avenue, according to police.


  12. Yikes...the latest home and condo prices in SomervilleRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 29 |

    Somerville home and condo prices are on fire with some of the biggest gains in the state as the fall sales market takes off. The median home price in Somerville hit $775,000 in September after a 64 percent leap, the highest of any city or town in Eastern Massachusetts, stats released by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors show.


  13. Can Cambridge and Somerville slow gentrification amid sky-high home prices?Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 28, 2015 |

    Two of the most expensive places to live Greater Boston are looking to make their communities a little more affordable to buyers of modest means. A panel of more than two dozen Somerville officials and residents are brainstorming ways to help buyers of more limited means and to get a handle on gentrification as real estate values soar.


  14. What kind of people actually make a living as freelancers?Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 22, 2015 |

    With freelancers making up roughly 34 percent of the U.S. labor force , you might be wondering just who these people are what kinds of jobs they have, how many projects they work on at once, and how good they are at their gigs. Thanks to a new report from LinkedIn, a little more light has been shed on the life of the average professional freelancer, or at least the ones who use the business-oriented social network.


  15. No new target completion date for Green Line extension amid cost hikeRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 21, 2015 |

    The Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford, a project that was cast into doubt earlier this year due to projected cost overruns as high as $1 billion, probably won't pick up momentum again before next spring at the earliest, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack said Wednesday. At a meeting of the Massachusetts of Department Transportation's board, Pollack said officials are focused on four big questions right now: How much will the project cost? How should the project be contracted? How will the project be paid for? And what should the next steps be? "The goal of our analysis is two-fold," Pollack said.


  16. Mixed reviews in Boston about no-tips policyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 19, 2015 |

    After a prominent New York restaurateur did away with tipping at 13 establishments last week, Boston is buzzing about whether tips should stay or go. Eliminating tips could make it harder for restaurants to attract good servers and could lead to a decline in service and sales, Bob Luz, president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, told The Boston Globe .


  17. Here's your guide to 'co-working' in the Boston areaRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 14, 2015 |

    "Co-working" spaces - places where individuals or small teams can pay to share office space and other work resources with a community - are all over the Boston area. Workbar : Workbar wants you to "reimagine how you work" in each of its three locations, which all have different amenities to fit your needs.


  18. UConn mac and cheese kid: 'I was, to say the least, very intoxicated'Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 13, 2015 |

    The UConn student who went on an extended drunken rampage after he was denied a plate of bacon-jalapeo mac and cheese apologized in a YouTube video on Monday. In a nine-minute video that went viral last week , 19-year-old Luke Gatti was refused service for bringing alcohol into the campus dining hall.


  19. Advocates see station design as a Green Line extension compromiseRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 9, 2015 |

    Long-time advocates of the Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford aren't willing to see the project stopped or any of its proposed stations eliminated in light of the August news that it was running as much as $1 billion over budget . But they are willing to stomach some adjustments to the plan, such as simplifying the designs for the new stations the long-anticipated rail project would bring.


  20. Urban farming grows along with (and on top of) Boston's development boomRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 8, 2015 |

    Aesthetic value aside, communal gardens and greenhouses can provide residents with fresh fruit and vegetables, a new outdoor hobby or even jobs. Urban agriculture is taking many cities by storm, and according to a recent article in Citylab , large-scale developers are starting to take notice.


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