Somerville PO

Whereas: Cambridge faces a number of issues that are also pertinent to neighboring municipalities, including: urban planning, affordable housing and education; and

Whereas: Cambridge and Somerville are closely interconnected communities and should explore opportunities to collaborate on regional issues; and

Whereas: Cambridge City Councillors and City officials ought to have regular opportunities and incentive to directly coordinate with their Somerville counterparts; and

Whereas: Corresponding departments between Cambridge and Somerville could form partnerships and share information on issues that affect both cities such as the upcoming Green Line extension; and

Whereas: A committee, working group, or department initiative could be formed to explore the best methods of forming regional partnerships across the Greater Boston Area; and

Whereas: Somerville has already been through the Master Plan process, sharing of information on this process would be beneficial for Cambridge, and similar reciprocity could be established for Somerville; and

Whereas: These meetings could eventually include surrounding municipalities such as Arlington, Belmont, Boston, and Watertown; now therefore be it

Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments and elected officials from Somerville to arrange a public meeting of the two cities to discuss regionalism and potential regular scheduling; and be it further

Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter.

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  • commented 2015-02-27 11:19:22 -0500
    In a rational world, there would be Peninsular City, USA, bounded by the Mystic and Charles Rivers and Alewife Brook (environmentally monitored with a sensor of humor – Maybe joint STEAM activities are a first step?

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