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THE SOMERVILLE FILES: A FOUR PART INVESTIGATIVE SERIES

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For 10 months, Chris Faraone, Tom Nash, and Adam Vaccaro dug into the unseemly political underbelly of the City of Somerville, where the power and privilege of an elite few has dominated and perverted municipal progress for decades. The Somerville Files is the culmination of their work, which pulls back the hip urban Somerville facade to reveal a shadow government amidst both turmoil and transition.

THE SOMERVILLE FILES: PART 1: THE FIXED GEARS

“Now, for the first time in four decades, the Dig looks behind Somerville’s fluffy, festive facade to see how much, if anything, has changed.

The story begins this week with an ongoing showdown over a proposed street redesign, and will unfold over the next several weeks, as we spelunk into the operational ecosystem of the city’s most powerful pols and players.”

THE SOMERVILLE FILES: PART 2: GHOSTS OF ASSEMBLY SQUARE

“To trace how the municipality arrived at this juncture, more than three decades into their largest development project in history, DigBoston summoned the ghosts of Assembly Square’s past.

Covered in slime, we came to understand what Somerville’s Big Dig says about the city itself, both then and now.”

THE SOMERVILLE FILES: PART 3: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

“As DigBoston has revealed over the past month, certain companies can seemingly build anything in Somerville if the proper levers are aligned, and the appropriate cogs are greased. This week, we lift the hood and take a hard look at the machine that makes it possible.”

THE SOMERVILLE FILES: PART 4: THE MAN IN THE MAYOR SUIT

“For this last installment of the Somerville Files, the Dig looks deeper into Curtatone’s rise and tenure, and at the current state of city politics as he eyes the top office in the Commonwealth.”






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One Response to THE SOMERVILLE FILES: A FOUR PART INVESTIGATIVE SERIES

  1. Paula Paula says:

    When discussing the resignation of Aldermen Roche and O’Donovan, and their choice of their own replacements, you write “Somerville’s charter calls for deserting aldermen to nominate their replacements—so long as less than one year remains in their term.” In truth, the charter does not say how the replacements are to be named. As Alderman Bill White found in looking back at the history of the Somerville BOA, the tradition of aldermen resigning when there’s less than a year of their term left and nominating their own successor started with Alderman Joe Macaluso who resigned in the early 1990s and appointed Stan Koty to take his seat in ward 5 after Macaluso just barely held onto his seat in a challenge from (now State Representative) Denise Provost. Stan Koty, who had been on the School Committee, gave his seat there to Sean O’Donovan, who later ran for ward 5 alderman — and just recently resigned and nominated Courtney O’Keefe to take his seat.