Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Somerville is not a fucking suburb.

78,000 people on four square miles is NOT suburban.

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17 Comments:

Blogger Ron Newman said...

Did anything in particular prompt this?

4:42 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

A clipping from the Berkshire Eagle with headline "Boston Suburb Goes on Diet" that appeared on my refrigerator.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds to me like someone is fat.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Rhea said...

Somerville is a city. But bordering on Boston makes it a suburb of Boston. Not suburban, but a suburb.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Strongly disagree. Boston is an exceptional case in that the municipal boundary exists at the exact [northern] edge of downtown.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous jon said...

Somerville = The Cambridge of Medford. 'nuff said.

in fact, google "Cambridge of Medford". 1st result? City of Somerville website.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Ian said...

Let's see what the police chief of the city of Somaville has to say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3xfYrrQ_Yc

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

consider the independent city of charlottesville, va.....only 39 k people in a 10.5 sq. mile area....should proximity to a large community, as in somerville's case, designate a relatively smaller community's status as suburb? sounds too restrictive. if boston wants to isolate itself from its neighbors in the way it draws up its borders,so be it. boston's a city surrounded by smaller cities.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Like it or not, Somerville is a part of Boston and vice versa. People commute from one to the other. Somerville contains the commuter rail repair facility for all of Boston. Etc, etc.

This city ringed by cities functions as one metropolis, which would be easier to manager if everything were merged into one municipal entity, a la New York.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said: "Like it or not, Somerville is a part of Boston and vice versa." I get your point - if Boston were almost anywhere else, Somerville would likely be a neighborhood of Boston. Sorry to tell you, but Somerville is NOT part of the City of Boston. It is a seperate city. If you pay property taxes, you pay them to the City of Somerville, not the City of Boston (as opposed to someone who lives in the neighborhood of Dorchester within the City of Boston - property taxes go to Boston, not "Dorchester").

10:20 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

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10:57 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

A lot of people, most of whom seem to come from the suburbs, don't understand the difference between municipalities and neighborhoods. I am not one of them.

You're getting the point perfectly and missing it completely at the same time.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohhhhhh.i wish i lived in boston.well, you dont.keep saving your pennies and we will have the association look at your application and possibly grant you entry into allston, which actually is part of boston! it aint the greatest but at least nobody calls it slumerville.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

"People commute from one to the other...

This city ringed by cities functions as one metropolis, which would be easier to manager if everything were merged into one municipal entity, a la New York.
"

Can I still shit on Yonkers?

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Ian said...

NO, you can't shit on Yonkers!

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. There's no way you can call Somerville a suburb. Or Malden for that matter (I grew up in both cities).

If Somerville was actually a suburb, it would be a suburb of Cambridge, not Boston.

In reality Cambridge/Somerville are their own metropolitan area and the suburbs are Medford, Arlington, Belmont, etc.

10:45 PM  

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