Saturday, March 16, 2013
The public initiative seeks to create a vision for three of Somerville's squares.
"Somerville by Design," an initiative which seeks to create a vision for Ball, Magoun and Gilman squares, continues Monday with an open studio session, according to an announncement from the city of Somerville. Members of the public will brainstorm design ideas for the squares. The session takes place at 6 p.m. at the Argenziano School. You can learn more here. Magoun and Gilman Squares Could Look Like This Magoun Square Could Get 'Naked' … in a City Planning Kind of Way 'Somerville by Design' to Present Future of Ball, Magoun, Gilman Squares 'Somerville by Design' Workshops to Discuss Ball, Magoun, Gilman Squares City Wants to Make Zoning Laws Less Byzantine, Plan for Green Line
Monday, January 14, 2013
A better look at the Somerville by Design drawings presented on Jan. 8.
On Jan. 9 we posted a story about the Somerville by Design presentations. The presentations represented the result of a process in which members of the public worked with city planners in an effort to map out the futures of Ball, Magoun and Gilman squares. Unfortunately, we weren't able to immediately post some of the cool drawings and renderings that were part of that presentation. Somerville's planning department was kind enough to pass along a drawing of Magoun Square and a drawing of Gilman Square. (Gilman Square is behind Somerville High School near Medford and Pearl streets.) Here they are. Because the exact location of the proposed Green Line station in Ball Square isn't yet determined, planning staff did not have a finished …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Somerville by Design envisions major changes for Magoun, Ball and Gilman Squares.
A "naked intersection" in Magoun Square, a tower in Gilman Square and a new bridge lined with storefronts in Ball Square: Those were some of the ideas presented Tuesday night for the future of those city squares. The proposals were the results of the Somerville by Design process, intended to prepare the city for changes that would come with the extension of the Green Line through the city. Jeff Speck, former design director at the National Endowment for the Arts and author of "Walkable City," served as a consultant for the city on Somerville by Design. The Green Line Extension, which is scheduled to come to Gilman, Magoun and Ball Squares around 2019, is a "game changer," he said. "The neighborhoods [will] change." "The purpose of this …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
City planners will present proposals for the neighborhoods at a meeting on Jan. 8.
"Somerville by Design," an initiative that seeks to plan the futures of Magoun, Ball and Gilman squares and prepare for the Green Line Extension, launched in October of 2012 with a "visioning session." In November, city planners held a two-day workshop about the neighborhoods to seek ideas and opinions from the public. Now, city planners will present the results of this initiative at a meeting on Jan. 8. Here's the announcement from the city of Somerville: Please join us at the Somerville Armory on Tuesday, January 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm for the presentation of the neighborhood plans for Ball Square, Magoun Square / Lowell Street, and Gilman Square. City planners and their consultants will show proposals for the future of these neighborhood …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The meetings, on Nov. 28 and 29, will take place at The Center for Arts at the Armory.
"Somerville by Design," an urban planning initiative, aims to create visions for the futures of Magoun, Gilman and Ball squares and plan for the Green Line. It also seeks to inform city planners in an effort to overhaul residential zoning laws. There was an initial "visioning session" on Oct. 17. Now, the city has a series of other meetings set up to seek thoughts and opinions from the public. Here's the announcement from the city: "SOMERVILLE BY DESIGN” INITIATVE PRESENTS FINAL TWO PLANNING SESSIONS City Seeks Public Input at November 28th, 29th Meetings for Gilman, Magoun and Ball Square GLX Station Planning SOMERVILLE – The final two planning sessions of the City’s new “Somerville by Design” initiative – which will assist in the …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A public "Somerville by Design" process will kick off on Oct. 17 with a "visioning session" at The Center for Arts at the Armory.
The city of Somerville is launching a urban planning initiative called "Somerville by Design," which will kick off with a "visioning session" on Oct. 17, according to an announcement sent by the mayor's office Tuesday. The purpose of "Somerville by Design" is to seek opinions about the future of Magoun, Ball and Gilman squares, which could be home to MBTA train stations by the end of the decade if the Green Line Extension progresses as planned. "Somerville by Design" will also inform city planners in an effort to significantly overhaul residential zoning laws in the city, according to Brad Rawson, a senior planner with the city's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. The two issues—residential zoning laws and visions for …