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?
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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