Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida set forth a predictable pattern of mass public outrage and concentrated political apathy. Yes, the NRA really is that powerful. This time, however, the level of activism that has emerged feels more potent. That includes many forceful rejoinders from the high-school survivors of the … Continue reading Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Climate Coalition of Somerville crash course on zoning

The City of Somerville is looking for public comment on its proposed new zoning code, so that it can finally revamp a century-old code. And it's reasonably well thought out. But it's also an opportunity to push the city to be more aggressive in setting out a code that will help it achieve its own … Continue reading Climate Coalition of Somerville crash course on zoning

Zoning and Somerville’s Land Use Committee

Zoning is the process of planning how a city will be used. Zoning sets guidelines that direct urban growth and development. A zoning code will designate permitted or prohibited uses for different parts of a city. Naturally, a city's zoning code is a contentious document, placing requirements on new development, with impacts on many stakeholders. The City … Continue reading Zoning and Somerville’s Land Use Committee