On Monday I had the amazing opportunity to meet Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, and hear him speak about his vision for the city. He is an eloquent and engaging speaker, and it’s obvious that he genuinely loves his city–not only in the way he talks about it, but from his track record of accomplishments since he took office in 2004.
It would take way too much time to try to list all the improvements Curtatone has brought to Somerville, and the accolades the city has received during his five terms in office, so instead, I thought I’d highlight just a few things we can look forward to in the near future:
Extension of the Community Path–The stretch between Cedar and Lowell Streets has already been funded and is breaking ground this spring.
East Broadway Streetscape–Sidewalks are currently being widened, trees being planted, and traffic being reduced to one lane in each direction, creating a more lively and pedestrian-friendly boulevard from McGrath to Sullivan Station.
More Restaurants–Ten new eateries are moving in over the next year and a half to two years.
The Green Line extension (Yes, it will happen!)–The Union Square leg should be complete and operational by 2017–yay!
All great stuff, right? And as Curtatone repeated several times during his presentation on Monday, “We’re just getting started!”