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


2025: I predict that the parking lot of Porter Square shopping center will have a green roof installed above it which becomes a community garden. People will grow their own fruits and veggies and have a barter-driven farmers' market on Saturdays. Somerville will have annexed the shopping center to help the city of Cambridge stay afloat.

Also, Somerville will install more of the rotating red sculptures currently on display at the Porter Square T stop. They will be cleverly-disguised wind turbines. 2014

Every door to every business in Somerville will be fitted with a microgenerator, so every time people enter and exit shops, restaurants, and offices, they will be helping to power the electrical grid. 2015.

All exercise equipment in gyms will render the health club energy-neutral. 2013.

(source: Adam Olenn)