Timeline & findings
Make a prediction!
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


Love your ideas and maps.... only suggested addition would be a BIGGER ring line that runs in the middle of 128 (like the BART system in San Francisco that runs down the center of the highways) and links all the suburban rail lines (Gloucester-North Beverly-Reading-Mishawum-Brandeis-Wellesley-Needham Heights-Dedham-Route 128-Quincy Center). And links to the 128 Amtrak station. For now, the only way to get from one suburb to another is to ride into Boston and back out again - way too long. Tens of thousands of commuters live near one part of 128 and commute along it to another, and crowd the highway instead....

... and as for when, well, the sooner the better, but things are so slow to happen in older cities.....

Following is an image of the BART train - in this case next to, not in the middle of, the highway; and then a map of the system. (It happens to be radial, just like Boston's, however note that the 'node' is not in SF itself but across the bay in Oakland, and that the lines tend to follow the highways; in other words, if you were going from most of the terminal stations on this map to other ones, you'd be following the track lines anyway (with the exception of Fremont to Millbrae - there is a bridge over the bay to the south; and there is also a highway between Walnut Creek-Dublin-Fremont...... maybe they'll add a track there some day).

(source: Life.com)

It supposedly has around 350,000 riders per day....

(source: Bart.gov)