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The Model City

Somerville -- yes, "Slumerville" -- is outperforming its much bigger and wealthier neighbors. What can the Bostons and Wellesleys of the world learn from this little burg that could?

Davis Square
By Thomas M. Keane Jr.
May 14, 2006

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T he best-run city in Massachusetts is not its biggest. Tiny Somerville, wedged into a corner between Cambridge and Medford, is chockablock with cutting-edge ideas, from a city hot line to computerized tracking of city services to performance-based budgeting. Its openness to change and willingness to use technology are turning around the city often derided as "Slumerville." Once ignored, Somerville ... (Full article: 750 words)

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