Timeline & findings
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The history of Somerville, 2010-2100 Contact

Between February 2009 and December 2010, we spoke to hundreds of people about the future. A few dozen of these people were nice enough to make predictions about the future.

Some of these predictions took the form of elaborate short stories, or intricate drawings or maps.

Click on their names to see what these participants submitted to the project. (Note: to see these predictions in context, click on "Timeline & findings", above.)

Adam Olenn
Alain Jehlen
Alana Kumbier
Alex Pirie
Amara Good
Andrew Lynch
Auditi Guha
Ayanna B
Bambi Good
Ben Husk
Bill Rankin
Bill Ritchotte
Columbine Phoenix
Emily Arkin
Hannah Beynon Strutt
Heather Berlowitz
Heather Pena
Jay O'Grady
Jenn Harrington
Jennifer Mazer
Jessica Straus
Jim H.
Josh Burchord
Julia Fairclough
Karen Krolak
Lauren Schumacher
Lawrence Paolella
Linda Frye Burnham
Linda Haviland Conte
Louis Epstein
Maureen Barillaro
Neil Horsky
Pam Summa
Paul Johns
Rachel Strutt
Robin Wilcox
Sandra Day Smith
Seth Itzkan
Stacy Hill and Erin Leiman
Steven Popkes
Ted Bach
The Dan Crary Fan Club
Tim Devin
"Tinkerbell's human companion"
Wesley Heidi
and a number of Anonymous people


(image source: Andrew Lynch. Click here to see the full map)

As for construction timing, well, it depends. Are we going to base this on how the T does things currently or "best case scenario"? Right now the T is looking at opening the Green Line to Medford in 2014. The way the T runs things I'd say its a better bet for sometime between 2015-2017. It's a shame really when you think about how fast they can build these things in Europe or China.

The idea behind my map was that this was something that could be finished and opened by 2050 if all parties decided that this was the plan and put their full support behind it. If you think about when the original subway was planned and opened you get a similar time
frame, planned in 1894, first opened in 1897, last major addition to the original system was in the 1920s.

But for a simple answer, all lines through Somerville (Green Line to W. Medford, Urban Ring) could be opened by 2020-2025. But that is "best case scenario."

(source: Andrew Lynch)