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TimestampEmail Address
What languages do you speak?
First Name (optional)
Last Name (optional)
Street AddressPhone number
Did you attend a Working Group meeting at the Argenziano School?
How did you find out about the meeting?
Which of these best describe your "stake" in Union Square (check as many that apply)
What did you like about the meeting?
How can we improve such meetings?
Do you support the creation of a Neighborhood Council with an elected board? (setting aside board composition, membership, timelines)
Non-voting Stakeholder participation: Anyone may participate in meetings if they declare their "stake" in Union Square: (Participation in religious, social, or community organizations in Union Square, Participation in schools or classes in Union Square, Provision of services from an agency in Union Square, Recent displacement from Union Square, Strong identification with Union Square despite not living within its defined boundaries)
Voting Members: Only Stakeholders who live in Somerville OR work in Union Square OR own property within Union Square boundaries are full voting members
Candidates for the Founding Board must be over 16 and: live OR work OR own property within Union Square neighborhood boundaries.
Are there other membership models or requirements you are interested in exploring? Are there any particular qualifying or disqualifying criteria ?
Could you "live with" the founding board as-presented?
What is your ideal number of seats on a founding board?
Are there any categories you think should be removed?
If seats are allocated by category, what distribution would you like to see? (numbers in columns = number of seats) [Renters]
If seats are allocated by category, what distribution would you like to see? (numbers in columns = number of seats) [Homeowners]
If seats are allocated by category, what distribution would you like to see? (numbers in columns = number of seats) [Business Owners]
If seats are allocated by category, what distribution would you like to see? (numbers in columns = number of seats) [Business Workers]
If seats are allocated by category, what distribution would you like to see? (numbers in columns = number of seats) [Immigrants]
If seats are allocated by category, what distribution would you like to see? (numbers in columns = number of seats) [Open]
If seats are allocated by category, what distribution would you like to see? (numbers in columns = number of seats) [Other category (1)]
If seats are allocated by category, what distribution would you like to see? (numbers in columns = number of seats) [Other category (2)]
Are there alternate Board structures you would advocate for?
On a scale of 0-10 how comfortable are you with the concept of an appointed Neighborhood Council?
If you favor elections, what date do you suggest for holding them?
Would you consider running for a seat?
Would you be interested in joining an Elections Committee? (only for non-candidates!)
Have you gotten a chance to read the proposed Bylaws?
Do you feel the Bylaws need to be altered before a board is elected?
Do you feel Bylaws need to be formally adopted before elections occur?
What, if anything, would you like to change about the bylaws?
What are the most important ways you find out about community events (such as our meetings)? [Door fliers]
What are the most important ways you find out about community events (such as our meetings)? [Posters]
What are the most important ways you find out about community events (such as our meetings)? [Word of mouth]
What are the most important ways you find out about community events (such as our meetings)? [Community email list]
What are the most important ways you find out about community events (such as our meetings)? [Facebook]
What are the most important ways you find out about community events (such as our meetings)? [Twitter]
What are the most important ways you find out about community events (such as our meetings)? [City phone call]
What are the most important ways you find out about community events (such as our meetings)? [City text message]
What are the most important ways you find out about community events (such as our meetings)? [Newspaper bulletin]
Would you participate in Outreach (but not be on the committee?)
Would you like to join the Outreach Committee?
How would you like to help the NCWG improve outreach, especially to members of groups currently underrepresented at our meetings?
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Having a fully democratically elected (not appointed) Neighborhood Council board is important to me.
The elections timeline felt rushed.
I trusted the integrity of the voting process at the meetings.
I would have preferred to have more time to consider the proposal before being asked to vote.
The Working Group got it all wrong! We need to start from scratch.
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6/28/2017 17:02:53
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Rent in Union Square, Work in Union Square
I really appreciated that there were so many people there, it's exciting to see.
AgreeJust right
Not broad enough
Yes10-15322223
Consensus. Using runoff and/or ranked choice voting to deal with the "one person may fit multiple categories" issue
08/9/2017NoMaybeYes
I feel like there needs to be more structures in place for direct voices/power of community members. One idea is having more ideas go to direct member-ballot (digital voting could help this logistically, google surveys will be fine as you can still cross-reference voting rolls). Having a section of every meeting for public comment is good but could be much better.
Not sure
I wrote this in the question above, but more direct power of non-board members.
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For one I should start re-learning Spanish. I don't know the lay of the land with the immigrant populations here and need to know more, but I imagine bringing content of the meetings to folks instead of making them have to have time to come to you would help. Get the name of that lady who spoke on Wednesday who said she lived in a building where most people don't speak English and pay her to do some outreach.
Thank you for what you're doing here. I think it's critically important to get a voice for the people in Union Square and not just the developers and the City Government. I think the challenge we've got here is crazy, to try and establish a more democratic organization than our government in such a short time frame (not to mention the fact that the city could just choose to ignore it all...). I think the work you all have done so far in terms of structures, etc is great, but I do think that more people, particularly immigrants and people of color, need to be in this process. I've been dipping into these politics recently (just moved to town this past September, have been working here for ~2 years), and I'm glad to be on-board now and thinking about ways to work to make Somerville democratic.
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6/26/2017 22:01:22
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedactedBothWord of Mouth
Live outside Somerville, but care about Union Square ("non-voting stakeholder)
The presenters remained cool despite rude behavior by some participants
AgreeToo broadToo broadYes10-153212221109/15/2017NoNoYes
I feel the delay is unnecessary but the By-laws can always be improved.
Yes
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Thank you for all the work, patience, and commitment
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6/30/2017 10:08:33
Redacted@redacted.com
English, We have Haitian/Nigerian/Cameroon/Taiwanese/Burmese/Spanish/Italian/Brazilian Catholic priests in Somerville
RedactedRedactedBoth
Ongoing participation in Working Group
Church and rectory in Union Square
Civility/Respect for others/exchange of insights & concerns in productive manner
AgreeJust right
16 yrs may be a little young
open candidacy for all 15 seats with residents and workers/owners voting
Yes15111112
would need for thorough review of NC in Boston and around country
59/15/2017YesNoYes
I was on ByLaw working grp--they need to be polished/ammended--best we could do given parameters at time
Not sure
Would need to refresh my familiarity with bylaws and here discussion/feedback
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Will make efforts to contact more effectively others in neighborhood
Thanks very much for your constructive efforts over short time frame and commitment to continue positive approach in future--appreciate investment
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6/27/2017 13:09:49
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedactedBothFamily
Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square, Family-owned property in Union Square, most free time spent in Union Square with family, have grown up in Union Square
Good information, strong and professional responses to rude questioning
AgreeJust right
Not broad enough
NoYes10-15322222220MaybeYesNoNoNot sure
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Thank you for all your work. I am sorry that some people were so disrespectful; please keep working for this important issue and don't give up hope. We need this council!
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6/27/2017 15:27:39
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Italian, Danish, minimal Spanish
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Ongoing participation in Working Group
Work in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
I like that there were so many people who showed up!
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes15322222
I like the board model, but I think it may be helpful for there to be a leadership structure within the board
08/25/2017NoYesYesNo
I think the temporary 1-year bylaw adoption is sufficient.
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I don't have any formulated ideas as of yet.
Thanks for all your time and effort in organizing this!
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6/27/2017 16:58:55
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Rent in Union Square, Work in Union Square
was great to see so many people come out and to get such a clear explanation of both the process that led us to this point, and possible ways to move forward.
also, the pizza was great - just throwing that out there.
Agree
a nitpicky question - how does the "work in union square" provision apply to people, e.g. freelancers, who tend to work out of places like Workbar or Bloc 11?
(same question)
Yes5-1009/14/2017MaybeYesYesNoNo
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there are so many different city-related meetings going on in somerville (especially right now!) it seems important to brand this particular issue as a big-tent one, and to better get that across in publicity materials.
thank you for all your hard work!
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6/26/2017 13:45:48
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
From friends & emails
Receive services in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square, Eat, shop & have fun in Union Sq.
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes1532222207/22/2017NoYesYesNoNot sureVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantYesNo1515
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6/26/2017 13:33:08
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Frenchcc
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Rent in Union Square
I thought the facilitators did a great job keeping things civil. I thought there was a good structure in place for people to express thoughts and concerns. I didn't believe that it was overly rancorous-- these are important issues and there are bound to be some heated emotions, but I thought the facilitation structure worked well.
This is a bit tricky given recent astroturfing of community meetings affecting Union Square. Hopefully requiring people to declare their stake could counter that. Relatedly, we don't know how many of the yes vs no votes this week actually came from Union Square residents. I wish that information had been collected because it does seem like an important litmus test in figuring out if opposition to the process came largely from within the neighborhood (which is an outcome I'd respect) or came disproportionately from beyond it (which I would not feel so good about.) I think I would trust the NC Working Group's decision on this.
Again, this is a little tough for me to answer. I am definitely open to a broad definition of stakeholdership (including the recently displaced seems crucial), but to some extent, as someone who lives at the epicenter of construction and displacement already happening in the Square, I do think I have a higher stake in development decisions. I think I would trust the conclusion of the NC Working Group here.
Just right
I do trust the work that the Working Group has done already, and feel confident in the vast majority of aspects of the model already presented. If having categories for representation proves to be a real sticking point (I think on Wednesday's meeting those categories, along with the election schedule, were the biggest points of contention), perhaps we could achieve the same end by a) preserving a simple statement in bylaws and on ballots saying that we seek to achieve a Founding Board that reflects community demographics re: renters vs owners, business owners, immigrants, etc., and then lists those demographics and b) having each candidate state their affiliations. That might be a de facto vs de jure way to preserve these categories.
Yes15422221
Again, I trust the work of the Working Group so far. I might tweak the homeowner vs renter distribution to reflect the fact that (to my knowledge) more than 2/3rds of residents are renters.
08/30/2017NoYesYesNo
I'm fine with tentative Bylaws that the Founding Board can then work on further.
I am comfortable with the majority of details as currently presented.
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In my experience canvassing for other issues, going door to door is effective-- but it can be slow! I am curious to know what other approaches have been effective in the past or might be effective in the future.
Thanks for all of the hard work by everyone on this. I'd like to see it move forward!
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6/27/2017 11:41:43
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
working group member
Rent commercial and residential property just outside the boundaries of Union Square
I wasn't able to be at the meeting, sadly. I'm assuming it was modeled on the earlier LOCUS / CAC meeting, which I thought was expertly facilitated
Agree
Does not include recently displaced stakeholders
Just rightYesNo opinion822288
I have no strong opinions about the structure of the board
09/15/2017YesYesYesNoNot sure
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The most significant thing that we can do to expand outreach is to expand our pool of wider participants beyond LOCUS / CAC. The initial outreach seems to have done that, but much of the discussion remains focused within that group
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6/26/2017 22:27:06
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish
RedactedRedactedBothWord of Mouth
I am a teenager who lives in Union Square and cares about it.
I like the presentations, especially Michele Hansen's speech.
DisagreeJust right
It should be 16 and over. Maybe, this was just an error.
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You did a pretty good job already.
Tell Joe Beckman to stop mocking everybody when they are speaking; it is rude and annoying. Tell Gary T to stop talking. Tell Tori to stop bashing the council and then acting like she supports it; this is rather confusing.
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6/26/2017 7:16:29
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedactedBoth
I am a regular attending member of the NCWG.
Rent in Union Square
The presentation and time for questions
AgreeJust rightJust rightNOYes1532222200NO09/13/2017YesNoYesNoNo
Most voting should be by a simple majority. Only Bylaws should require 2/3s.
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Flyering and talking to my neighbors
Read ground rules at the beginning of the comment period.
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6/26/2017 14:17:54
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish ( some)
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Flyer
Own a home in Union Square, Work in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square, Own commercial property in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square, Concern with safety and culture at union square ( which spreads to somerville )
Information presented and opportunity for community to speak
When appropriate
Just rightJust right
Criminal background must be disqualified from being on board/ council
Yes10-1524312049/10/2017YesNoYesNoNo
Not use the current one
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Maybe choose polite and kind people who can answer questions without getting angry/ defensive
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6/27/2017 16:35:58
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish, Portuguese
RedactedRedactedBoth
Interning at SCC
Work in Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-154NoNoYesNoNoVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
YesNo5414
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6/28/2017 11:47:05
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Flyer
Own a home in Union Square, Work in Union Square
Timing was good.
Agree
Seems like you should live in Union Square to vote (or work or own property in Union Square).
Just right
We need more information on how the proposed balance of diversity will be achieved/ensured, esp since many people may qualify under more than one category. Also, we need some sort of verified registration to ensure that a voter and council member is valid.
Yes1509/15/2017MaybeNoYesNoNo
The bylaws are a few starting place. My concerns center on the transparency and legitimacy of the processes.
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Need more large community meetings to review and provide feedback on drafts before opp to vote.
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6/27/2017 11:58:18
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Rent in Union Square, Work in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square, Receive services in Union Square
great calm informative answers from working group, nice turnout
AgreeJust rightJust right
get rid of homeowner category/make owner & primary residence- potential for absentee landlords to have stake they should not have /people rich enough to have 2 homes should not get a voice
Yes5-1010013711
I like democratic elections
06/30/2017MaybeNoYesNoNo
nada they are flexible & great
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eager to get a neighborhood council ASAP- crushed it didn't pass and shocked at the vitriol against a volunteer-driven thoughtful proces when we are all here for the same thing. don't trust US 2 or the city to think about us & want the build-up done so we can get to that table & get some community benefits already!!
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6/27/2017 11:24:20
Redacted@redacted.com
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hatian Creole
RedactedRedactedBoth
in the NC working group
Rent in Union Square, Work in Union Square
Big turnout, new faces
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-153221209/9/2017NoMaybeYesNoNo
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Attend meetings of low-income residents and immigrants (churches, social clubs, parent meetings, etc)
While it's important to have resources available online, I think we should prioritize and encourage face-to-face engagement whenever possible. That will help the NC be more inclusive and hopefully reduce some of the hostility that breeds online.
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6/26/2017 16:08:26
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
Did not attend because of religious observances.
Working Group
Work in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
Agree
Out of town landlords shouldn't be voting members. everything else is just right.
Not broad enough
Stakeholders for membership, higher restrictions for leaders is just right.
Yes10-153223All open seats06/26/2017NoMaybeYesNoNo
2/3rd vote in order to make decisions is too high. It allows small groups to swing the block progress too easily.
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People who participate/talk a lot need to step back to create space for people who's voices aren't heard as regularly. If people can't do this themselves, then it needs to be a group norm and facilitated proactively. Voices that I have seen struggle to be heard in the process so far: women, people of color, low-income people, immigrants.
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6/26/2017 17:31:49
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Flyer
Rent in Union Square
It was nice to meet with my neighbors to find out about issues that affect us. As a new resident, it was nice to see that my opinions are still valued even though I just moved here.
Agree
Residents who identify with a different square (i.e. Davis Square) should not be voting members. However, those who live just outside the official Union Square boundaries and do not identify with another square should be voting members.
Just rightYes3222121128/19/2017NoMaybeYesNoYes
Meetings should be held more than once every other month, and notice for unexpected meetings should be increased from 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) to 72 hours.
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I look forward to the formation of this group!
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6/27/2017 13:40:48
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes5-1010NoMaybeYesNoNoVery important
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Yes1414
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7/3/2017 10:52:58
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
I found out about the meeting from flyers around union and I found out there would be a vote from my friend who attended the Wednesday meeting.
Rent in Union Square
Very knowledgeable and passionate working group members. Thank you for your efforts!
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-153NoMaybeYesNoNot sureYesNo
I think more lead time to notify people that there will be a meeting on the council, and more time to become a candidate for the council to get candidates who haven't already been involved in the process. Putting up signs about what the neighborhood council is as part of an education effort. Also, highlight on the signs that there will be an election at the neighborhood council meeting. For elections, candidate statements online and a drop off point for ballots of people who can't make it to presentations could be helpful.
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6/27/2017 20:08:42
Redacted@redacted.com
English, French, I can be polite in Spanish and Italian, but am not fluent.
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Flyer
Own a home in Union Square
I was impressed by all the efforts made by the Working Group and also by their willingness to hear what the opposition had to say.
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-15222222210/12/2017NoNoYesNoNo
Either more explicit definition of the composition of the board, or leaving it more open. The categories are not mutually exclusive, and "immigrant" could be more narrowly defined. If the idea is to seek representation from recent immigrants, that could be clarified by limiting those positions on the board to those who have been in the US for fewer than, say, 15 years.
Very importantVery importantVery importantNot importantNot importantNot importantVery importantNot importantNoNo
I would be willing to distribute fliers on my street, but my street is near the Argenziano school and suspect that we are over-represented. I would suggest that underrepresented groups be approached through clergy, daycare and after-school and healthcare providers, as well as community organizers, but I'd guess that the Working Group has already done this.
Thanks for asking!
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6/26/2017 12:53:54
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
Community coming together
DisagreeToo broadJust rightYes5-1022158/9/2017MaybeMaybeYesNoYes
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6/26/2017 15:04:55
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Rent in Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust right
Chamber of Commerce members & elected officials should not have a vote in the neighborhood council - they already have loud voices in this process.
Yes10-15
Nope, it works for me!
0MaybeMaybeYesNoNot sureVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantNoNo
I'm 100% in favor of an elected neighborhood council.
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6/27/2017 9:38:19
Redacted@redacted.com
English, French, Spanish
RedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
I am part of the LOCUS group
Own a home in Union Square, Receive services in Union Square
The possibility of a great vision to be correctly implemented.
DisagreeToo broad
16 years old seems extreme. It should be 21
No5-1023301111
Its in the rigth direction, but not the right mix
69/9/2017MaybeMaybeYesNoYes
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Meetings Not be taken over by the not for profit organizations
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6/26/2017 14:34:15
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish
RedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Word of Mouth
Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
large turn out, indicating the interest is there
AgreeJust rightJust right
I would lean towards a more inclusive membership models, which at the same time guarantee that members do have a real stake in the local community.
Yes10-1542222217/26/2017NoNoYesNo
see my comment below
Perhaps these bylaws can be explicitly labeled as "provisional" bylaws, with a provision within them that a more permanent version should be approved within x months after the election of the committee.
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6/27/2017 8:29:05
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish, Portuguese
RedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Word of Mouth
Rent in Union Square
AgreeJust rightYes150MaybeNoNoNoNot sure
Potentially some way to do mail in voting for people who can't attend in person?
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6/27/2017 12:59:30
Redacted@redacted.com
French, ItalianRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square, Receive services in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
Good will and preparation on part of working group.
AgreeJust rightJust rightFine with it.Yes10-15No09/30/2017NoNoYesNoNoVery importantVery importantVery important
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6/27/2017 22:03:11
Redacted@redacted.com
English, FrenchRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Rent in Union Square, Receive services in Union Square
You communicated the objectives and mission of the NC effectively.
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-1532222208/30/2017NoNoYesNoNo
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You are doing a great job, thank you for all your hard work!
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6/27/2017 11:22:48
Redacted@redacted.com
English, French, Spanish
RedactedRedactedBothWord of Mouth
Rent in Union Square
It was a great learning experience to present to such large groups. I feel like we improved the presentation a lot between Wednesday and Saturday
AgreeJust rightJust right
I don't like the idea that employees of US2 or other for-profit developers could be involved in negotiating CBA's or voting to approve a negotiated CBA. There are robust conflict-of-interest protections for Board members, but none for the general Membership. I am not troubled by the involvement of or advocacy from non-profit groups being involved in this process - to me, their involvement is analogous to a doctor who is trying to help get a clinic built. Perhaps some day that doctor work at the clinic, and thereby "benefit" but in that case we could agree that the community needs the clinic, and their advice and input is extremely useful. US2 has hired consultants to provide a veneer of "grassroots" approval for their project while refusing to engage with existing community coalitions such as Union United or the NC working group.

https://medium.com/@strangebuttrue/somerville-got-astroturfed-991afb7870c3

Some might draw an equivalence between SCC and US2, but I feel that is a false one. The difference is community focus vs. the profit motive. The former has a place in a neighborhood council, but the latter does not.
Yes10-1532222208/19/2017YesNoYesNoNo
I think they are robust enough, and provide a good framework for moving forward.
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I would be willing to make presentations about the NC to existing "stakeholder" groups, such as church congregations, Black Lives Matter, The Welcome Project, etc.
nope!1415
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6/27/2017 16:59:36
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
Agree
Just right, I'm just also curious about already displaced folks who had to move from Union Square due to rental increases?
Just rightYes8-1232122209/1/2017NoNoYesNoNot sureNot importantNot importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
Least important
Not important
Least important
Not importantMaybeMaybe
Thank you to the working group and all of the work everyone has done, you all have had a hard task and have really done a lot to try to make this work for us all.
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6/26/2017 14:57:50
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Flyer
Rent in Union Square, Own a home in Union Square, Work in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square
lots of people
opinions from this group are fine but I'm afraid it will make this already cumbersome process even more unwieldy
too broad - see previous answer
Just right
Live in Union Square for 2 years or more. We have a large transient population that may not suffer the long term result of their decisions. We need board members with more "skin in the game".
Yes
5 is a good number. Meetings can be called to hear from the under represented. We need the founding board to be able to have the ability to reach consensus quickly and speak with one voice. It will never be perfect but we need people who can push sort out the major issues and not get bogged down in minutia.
1220000007/15/2017YesMaybeNoNoNoVery importantVery importantVery importantVery important
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Mayor robocall in multiple languages
Have a short concise presentation, form discussion groups of 10 people who refine a list of three most important issues then choose one representative who gets 5 min to present. Tally the common issues and focus on those.
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6/26/2017 15:25:15
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes15-20222222227/22/2017MaybeMaybeNoNoNo
Kinda important
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Not importantMaybeMaybe1333
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6/26/2017 18:15:59
Redacted@redacted.com
English, FrenchRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Rent in Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust right
One with proportional representation, i.e., fewer spots for property owners
Yes10-1541133307/24/2017MaybeMaybeYesNoYes
Kinda important
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Least important
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6/26/2017 18:51:58
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Flyer
Own a home in Union Square, Parent of children growing up in Union Square
Pleased to see that the working group had made changes to the board structure in response to previous meeting. I suggest you highlight when such changes are made, the community should be made aware of your responsiveness.
Agree
I would have no objection if this set were further restricted to Union Square residents, workers, and property owners -- and I believe this would be preferred by many.
Just right
I encourage your team to very rigorously align the chart on the next page with the qualifications above. For example the chart states that 2 seats are allotted to organizations from Somerville -- this contradicts the statement above limiting all candidates to Union Square. These are simple fixes, but are undoubtedly a source of consternation for those that are dubious about the Council....
Yes15
This seems like a good start.
6MaybeMaybeYesNoYes
I have only read the bylaws quickly. On first glance it does not seem to me that there is a clear distinction between decisions that require a vote and those that do not. What is the threshold? I also see no reason that meetings could not be posted more than two days in advance. I think that best attendance would occur if the meetings took place on a regular basis at a regular location -- when a big decision is pending, special advertising would be warranted.
Very importantVery importantMaybeMaybe
It is still not clear to me what power has been vested in this group by City government.... or do we not know until we are formed? I suggest bringing an Alderperson (if not the mayor) to one of these sessions to explain.
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6/26/2017 21:25:53
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Word of Mouth
Receive services in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
What is the question?
Just rightJust rightYes1532222217/15/2017NoMaybeYesNoNo
Kinda important
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Not important
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6/27/2017 10:17:35
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square, Work in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square
I felt that the 5 member who ran the meeting were very informative, organized, and helpful.
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes5-1032122208/22/2017MaybeMaybeYesNoNot sure
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MaybeMaybe1413
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6/27/2017 14:19:04
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Word of Mouth
Rent in Union Square
The meeting was informative and allowed for many different types of opinions to be shared during this meeting.
AgreeJust rightJust right
N/A at this point in time.
Yes15-2032222222
N/A at this time.
210/14/2017YesMaybeYesNoNo
I would not like to change anything about the current bylaws because I feel this is technically a task that is meant for the interim board members.
Very importantVery importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Yes
I think that there should be more in-person outreach to various communities that fall within the boundaries of Union Square. For instance, I believe there are more individuals with school aged children, people of color, more women, and others that should be a part of this group and potentially the board.
N/A not at this time.
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6/27/2017 8:59:22
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
locus-pmo listserv
Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square, member of SCC Board; SCC is in Union Sq.; affordable housing and responsible dev't advocate
well attended;AgreeJust rightJust right
I like Phil Parsons' model which allows people to indicate multiple demographics/categories they might be representing. Then algorithmically, choose the people with the highest vote totals that cover all the groups.
Yes15-201109/9/2017NoYesYes
not significantly; since people were uncomfortable with a year-long renewal if other bylaws aren't adopted, we might want to propose six-month renewal periods, which would force the new Board to focus more attention on new bylaws.
Yes
since people were uncomfortable with a year-long renewal if other bylaws aren't adopted, we might want to propose six-month renewal periods, which would force the new Board to focus more attention on new bylaws.
Kinda important
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Very important
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MaybeNo
wish people had prepared summary of WHY bylaws decisions were made the way they were made, so that rhetoric against bylaws wasn't the only input newcomers heard.
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6/28/2017 8:21:12
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Flyer
Rent in Union Square
It was relatively short
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes15-2022212211
Perhaps, but I don't have the time to investigate right now
59/1/2017YesYesNoNot sureNoVery important
Kinda important
Very importantVery importantVery importantVery important
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YesYes2434
41
6/27/2017 13:09:43
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish
RedactedRedactedBothWord of MouthLive Speakers AgreeJust right
16 or older should say
NoYes15-2009/30/2017NoYesNoNot sureNot sureVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantYesNo1515
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6/26/2017 12:59:45
Redacted@redacted.com
English, FrenchRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
City of Somerville website
Rent in Union Square
Time for participants to voice concerns
AgreeToo broadJust rightYes5-104112110029/4/2017MaybeNoYesNot sureYes
More transparency requirements and advertising/opening of all meetings and decisions
Kinda important
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YesNo
Offer child care at meetings and/or option to bring children, notice ahead of meetings
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6/26/2017 16:59:25
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square
mostly polite, somewhat informative
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes15-202222101109/12/2017NoNoNoNot sure
shouldn't we have articles along with bylaws?
have articles as well
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YesNo
Hand out buttons to stakeholders, "I am Union Square" -- I have already made a bunch of these and would donate them to the cause.
Need a 1 sentence summary of what a Neighborhood Council actually is/does
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6/26/2017 13:54:38
Redacted@redacted.com
English, pitiful french, currently learning some spanish
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square
It was great to see the community come together to talk about its future. It was a good venue and all things considered, I felt like it was as congenial as a contentious process could be.
Agree
I think stakeholders should have to live, work, or if they are displaced, receive services in Union Square in order to be voting members.
Just rightYes10-150000029/18/2017MaybeMaybeYesNot sureNot sure
It's hard to say. They are extremely complex and I'm not confident that I understand them 100%, nor that many others in the community understand them 100%. That said, I'm not sure it's reasonable to expect them to get any simpler than this. It's a complicated issue!
Very important
Least important
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YesMaybe
Meet people where they are. Be sure to present beginners' context to assist people in getting up to speed if they have no idea what's going on and barely have any time.
I want to express my appreciation to everybody who worked so hard to make this happen and my eagerness to join in and help drag it over the finish line. I also want to express my hope that people who voted "yes" take very seriously the objections of people who voted "no." There's some toxicity for sure but there are also some valid objections that need to be addressed in order for the community to be able to rally, en masse, behind this. Thanks, y'all.
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6/26/2017 14:26:29
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
AgreeToo broadJust rightYes15-2033333309/15/2017MaybeMaybeYesNot sureNot sure
Least important
Kinda important
Very importantVery important
Least important
Not importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
YesMaybe
Sandwich boards in square, robocalls, mailings
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6/28/2017 12:56:18
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square, Work in Union Square
AgreeToo broadJust rightNo152322220039/25/2017MaybeMaybeYesNot sureYes
Not sure yet, need to spend a little more time with them but wanted to get some feedback in before tonights meeting
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YesMaybe2141
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6/26/2017 17:28:07
Redacted@redacted.com
English, French, Spanish, other than english, not that well
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
the pizza but then, I hate meetings......
AgreeToo broadJust rightYes15-20333332209/13/2017MaybeNoYesNot sureNot sure
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Least important
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NoNo
thank you for doing this.
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6/26/2017 17:49:51
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EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square, children in school in union square
it was clear that you all had done a lot of work and care deeply
AgreeJust rightJust right
I don't like the breakdown of how many of each "type" of board member. I've been a union sq renter and a union sq homeowner. my stake as a homeowner is VASTLY GREATER than when I was a renter. We may be fewer in numbers, but that can't be the only metric. better to have no breakdown than value one over the other
No10-15333629/30/2017MaybeNopartlyNot sureNot sureNot importantNot importantVery importantVery importantNot important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Not importantNoNo
As a general rule, it is better to do things right than to do them fast.
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6/27/2017 11:36:05
Redacted@redacted.com
English, French, Turkish
RedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square
Just rightJust right
Regardless of the higher percentage, renters should Not have a higher representation in the membership. Owners have a longer stake in the area they live.
No152421111138/1/2017NoNoNoNot sureNot sureVery important
Kinda important
NoNo
I would very much like to know about the proposal for the next phase of Union Square, visual, literal any way!
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6/28/2017 15:25:41
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Ongoing participation in Working Group
Work in Union Square
That many people attended.
DisagreeToo broadJust right
I think that we need to make sure that all stakeholders and issues are addressed. I also think that we need a much better election process.
No5-10
I strongly prefer the first structure presented which would have had different groups and constituencies in Union Square appoint representatives.
NoNoNoNot sureYesVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantNoNo
Work with local businesses
Many people simply cannot attend lots of meeting either because of work conflicts, personal conflicts or family obligations. But there would be notice of a meeting when major decisions were being made and a chance to review the content of the decision with adequate lead time, I think people would find a way to make time for occasional meetings with this approach.
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6/28/2017 16:54:59
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes
I don't know enough to make an educated decision
39/10/2017NoNoYesNot sureYes
Kinda important
Not important
Kinda important
Very importantNot importantNot important
Least important
Least important
Not importantNoNo2333
52
6/26/2017 14:26:55
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I attended a very brief part of the 6/24 meeting.
Working Group emails
Work in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
Honest conversation.
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes1532222209/29/2017MaybeMaybeYesNot sureYes
Kinda important
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NoNo
CAAS will continue to publicize NCWG meetings and events to our staff and clients.
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7/3/2017 11:09:13
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
kept to agenda, kept to time, variety of speakers who were prepared
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-1522222328/14/2017NoMaybeYesNot sureYesVery important
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Kinda important
Very important
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Not importantNot important
Least important
Not importantNoNo1323
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6/26/2017 17:22:41
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Union Square Main Streets
Work in Union Square
Open discussion
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes5-101111110089/6/2017NoNoNoNot sureNot sureVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantMaybeNo
I'm happy to spread the word through emailed newsletters
If slides are going to be used, having a hand out that has bullets of the slides, and letting people follow along through the packet. This way they have something to take home and discuss with others who might not be able to make the meetings.
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6/27/2017 22:42:20
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Ongoing participation in Working Group
Rent in Union Square
Meeting on 6/24? I thought it was well attended and informative
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-152111111109/23/2017NoNoYesNot sureNoVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
MaybeNo
I could help pass out fliers, door to door or at Farmer's Market, Market Basket, etc
I want to thank you both so much for doing the survey, I thought it was great! I really appreciate the time that you and others have put into the group. I truly believe that we WILL have a Neighborhood Council! I am working full time and am in grad school but hope to help out when classes are out in July and August.
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6/28/2017 11:34:19
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Flyer
Own a home in Union Square
Well structured. Presenters were prepared and clear.
AgreeToo broadJust rightYes10-1522222227/30/2017NoNoYesNot sureNot sureVery important
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MaybeMaybeMaybe 2323
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6/26/2017 16:09:26
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square
Presentations by the Working Group members
AgreeToo broadToo broad
Limit to those who live or work in Union Square
Yes15311111No08/15/2017MaybeMaybeNoNot sure
Yes, but adopted by whom? I would have them adopted by the working group.
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I support the proposal of the Working Group even if I may have disagreed with certain provisions. They did the work and it deserves to be adopted.
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6/26/2017 13:11:16
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square, Work in Union Square
AgreeToo broadToo broadNo5-10433
One in which the categories are not as perpscriptive.
59/26/2017MaybeMaybeNoNot sureNot sureVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantMaybeMaybe1151
59
6/26/2017 14:54:40
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Russian
RedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
Word of Mouth
Rent in Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-1532222239/15/2017MaybeMaybeNoNot sureNot sure
Kinda important
Least important
Very importantVery important
Kinda important
Least important
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Not importantMaybeMaybe3423
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6/26/2017 16:22:28
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Neighborhood listserv
Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
organized and multiple speakers - and felt inclusive
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-152332200037/18/2017MaybeMaybeNoNot sureNot sure
Least important
Not importantNot importantVery important
Kinda important
Not importantNot importantNot importantNot importantMaybeMaybe
Go door to door for businesses in Union and sign them up for the email list
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6/27/2017 10:08:02
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedactedBothFlyer
Own a home in Union Square, Own commercial property in Union Square
The PassionJust rightJust rightYes5-102321200YesMaybeNoNot sureNoVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantMaybeMaybe1231
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6/28/2017 13:07:15
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
Neighborhood listserv
Receive services in Union Square, Live outside Somerville, but care about Union Square ("non-voting stakeholder)
There should be a concrete and identifiable interest in the area like children attend school, public or private
Too broad
Sixteen is too young
There should be a direct correlation between the population demographics and the council with absolutely no conflicts of interest. Members should include community parents, business owners, renters and homeowners.
Yes10-152222211
Green space advocate
09/12/2017MaybeMaybeNoNot sureNot sure
Least important
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Kinda important
Very importantVery important
Least important
MaybeMaybe1131
63
6/26/2017 14:50:39
Redacted@redacted.com
English, FrenchRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square, Work in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square
The hard work of everyone who worked on the concept
Disagree
Sounds good except when the developpers start owning properties, do they have then the same voice than me?
minimum age 18; not sure about people who own properties in US and don't live there
People who never spend time in US
No19/27/2017MaybeNoNot sureYes
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Very importantVery important
Kinda important
Kinda important
MaybeNo1151
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6/28/2017 9:34:31
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Receive services in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust rightless than 511111NoNot sureNoVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantMaybeNo
This survey was too long.
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6/26/2017 16:39:04
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
Getting first hand info
AgreeJust rightJust rightNoYes10-15222022
I understand it is a messy issue. I would like the categories to ideally not have as much overlap
0NoYesNoNot sureNot sure
I wish we could vote remotely, but I understand the technical limitations of that.
I will help, but I don't personally have any ideas.
This is a thankless job. Thank you for working on it. I hope people can focus on building something good and then making it great over time.
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6/26/2017 14:14:52
Redacted@redacted.com
English, FrenchRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Flyer
Rent in Union Square
AgreeToo broadJust rightYes5-10NoNoYesNot sure
Least important
Least important
Kinda important
Kinda important
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Not important
Least important
Not importantNot important
The material does not explain why we the council is being formed. It does not clearly explain what the council can do for Union Square residents & business. It does not make it clear that the council is the designated group advising the mayor on the community's opinion for the US2 redevelopment, and it does not make it clear that there is already $3M+ of development money associated with that. These are very important messages that are need to be clearly stated on the website, flyers and other materials.
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6/26/2017 0:04:17
Redacted@redacted.com
English, FrenchRedactedRedactedBothParticipation
Rent in Union Square, Work in Union Square
The presentation and the passion
I think I agree. I'm trying on how it feels if I lived just outside the boundary, but felt Union Square was my home and how I would feel excluded. Then I think about the potential that groups whose stakeholders are throughout l Somerville limited to union
I'm still digesting stuff, but I wanted to fill out the survey because I wanted to see what you guys have put together. So far so good., except I can't scroll back and look at my comments to edit them. Is there a way to fix this?
Just right
Yes. Models that involve elected officials. I'll do research too.
No10-15
I'm leaning more towards an open seat model. Something I hadn't thought about a lot before, but I feel that's more democratic.
00000More than 1000
Open Board Seats
19/28/2017YesNoYesYesYes
Board make up and possibly membership structure
Very importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantYesYes
I would like to go around and flyer cafes and bars and churches, I would like to be the aldermen on board with getting the word out, incould contact the city about use of their electronic saw horse sign. I would compile a list of all the people, groups and places we should hit up and tell them about it. I will ask the city about mailings cause the mayor keeps saying whatever you need. I think we should get the school committee involved. The historic preservation committee. Groundwork Somerville. The somerville committee committee. The lollipop-guild. The high school (green team, theater guild).
You guys have done an amazing job. You swooped down. Picked the mantle back up and moved forward. I would like to continue to help carry that mantle.

Other thoughts, I fear that I may be judged in my responses.. So who will be reading these surveys? Will they be available for everyone to read? Will they be anonymous? I wonder if responses should be made available to everyone, or if there should be an option to have them be anonymous for those who feel there will be judgement passed and potential animus towards responders. I'm a sensitive being and I hope to minimize those thinking negative thoughts about me. I believe in the psychic injury of negative thoughts, and conversely the psychic healing of positive thoughts toward another being.

These meetings and emails have been hard, I've been emotional distraught, my soul has been hurting and I've been crying during and after meetings. I want for our community to heal. I feel that the divisiveness would not have happened if the mayor had put the community needs over those of developers.

I'm going to say as much when I see him this week.

Thank you , Jacob and Andy for not missing a beat.

Tori
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6/26/2017 13:14:07
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Flyer
Own a home in Union Square, Work in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square
It was nice to see friends and neighbors.
Agree
And why live in Somerville as a whole? What about Union Square renters?
Just right
All of your questions presume that I want a neighborhood council. As envisioned (with rights to negotiate with developers and administer funds), I do not think we should have a neighborhood council. And how this preliminary vote was handled and all the infighting just prove what a bad idea this is.
Yes
an odd number - either 7 or 9
323332No board.2MaybeNoYesYesYes
Ability to negotiate with developers on behalf of the neighborhood (out); ability to manage and distribute funding (out).
Kinda important
Least important
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Very important
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YesNo
I don't want to be responsible for this, but more outreach to congregations, through the schools, doorknocking, radio, local TV, etc. might help. Also, creating a welcoming environment.
I appreciate all the hard work people have been done and the compromises that have been made. This questionnaire presumes that we all want a neighborhood council. As envisioned (with rights to negotiate with developers and administer funds), I do not think we should have a neighborhood council. I've listened to the many perspectives presented and changed my position on this based on what I've seen. I do not think that a neighborhood council that negotiates with developers and administers funds is in the best interest of the residents and businesses in Union Square.
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6/26/2017 13:54:08
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Spanish
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Flyer
Own a home in Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-15111111
All-open would be fine, if we made sure to recruit candidates from all categories.
6YesNoYesYesYes
Even after reading the bylaws, I am not sure what the mechanism of operation for the council is: How does it allocate funding? What leverage does the council have in negotiating with developers? Why is a council better than just taking CBA money and allocating it to parks and affordable housing?
Kinda important
Very important
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Very importantVery importantYesNo
I know we've done some already but we will need to go through the churches and businesses that serve people in the area. I don't think Market Basket would let us hand out flyers but...

Another issue is that a lot of people just don't have the time. I don't know how to address that.
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6/27/2017 7:35:01
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Also email
Own a home in Union Square
Agree
Proof of identity and connection
Too broadNo22222129NoNoYesYesYes
As previously noted
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Kinda important
YesNo
I appreciate all the work and dedication. Thank you. I'm sorry I can't be involved in the ways that I would like but I'm gone 4 to 5 months of the year.
1153
71
6/26/2017 12:45:39
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Work in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square, Own commercial property in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
General structure
They may participate through input but not through voting
Too broad
Not broad enough
Voting should be more narrowly based but being on the board should be broader. This would help solved both logistical problems and concerns as to who is involved.
Noless than 500000000
All open seats, no prescriptive distribution
59/27/2017YesNoYesYesNot sure
Structure of the council board, eligible voters
Kinda important
Least important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Not importantNot importantVery importantVery important
Least important
YesMaybe
Lobby the city for funds for outreach or find alternative sources of funding specifically for outreach
Presentations and answers to questions were continually framed as personal attacks. Highlights issues that there was a very small group of people giving input on this.
4141
72
6/28/2017 11:27:11
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Ongoing participation in Working Group
Own a home in Union Square, Receive services in Union Square
See pros and cons of both
Not sure - could be persuaded either way.
If there are boundaries, i think they should be the ward precincts (all of 2, plus 3-1 and 3-2) or based on a map that the City draws now that assigns everyone to a business district.
No15-2000000821
All open, but with three seats created for low-income/under-represented populations, including with contract for organization to provide support to those appointees and gather more feedback.
311/6/2017NoNoYesYesYes
Kinda important
Least important
Very importantVery importantVery importantNot importantVery importantVery importantNot importantYesMaybe
CTY calls are very helpful.
3141
73
6/26/2017 19:52:44
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedactedBothNCWG
Rent in Union Square
I was pleased that both meetings were fairly well attended and that people were not afraid to make statements and ask questions.
AgreeJust rightJust right
I don't know of other models, but suggest we research possibilities and invite presentations at future NCWG meetings.
No10-15
I suggest we form a new subcommittee to study other models, and would be interested in being part of that subcommittee, which I know would have to work quickly and make a report back to the full group, both in writing and by means of a presentation, so we can think together about other ways in which we might deal with objections to what we have come up with to date.
09/27/2017NoMaybe
I have read the bylaws in various stages of their development over the course of months. I need to read them again with great care so as to be able to be more helpful in the next phase of our activities as a member of the bylaws subcommittee.
YesYes
I will answer this question by other means as soon as possible after doing a careful study of the bylaws. Meanwhile, I will compile a list of objections and suggestions that have been advanced by means of the PMO working group mailing list and then separately indicating which of these I support (possibly with modifications) and why I do so.
Very importantVery importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very important
Kinda important
Very importantYesYes
I will await discussions within the outreach committee and assist as I'm able.
Yes, but I'll do so via the mailing list after I've assembled my thoughts better.
1131
74
6/26/2017 17:27:44
Redacted@redacted.com
English, ItalianRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
NCWG meetings
Own a home in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square
Chance for new community members to speak up and provide input
Just rightJust rightYes15
Erik Neu's proposed model, hybrid and/or appointment
79/19/2017MaybeMaybeYesYesYes
things we've been discussing and debating already - most importantly better address issues of inclusion, participation, transparency, and purpose
Very importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantYesMaybe
continued participation
Are we satisfied with the turnout? Seems like we still have a way to go IMHO.
3122
75
6/26/2017 13:23:32
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
Agree
Not broad enough
Not broad enough
I'd like to see all Somerville residents encouraged to participate in the developed of Union Square. I think local residents should have an outsized voice, but entirely excluding Somerville residents who live beyond the boundary of the local community feels wrong to me.
No5-101221011
I would be tempted to have no allocation. Just have an open election and see who garners the most votes.
49/9/2017NoNoYesYesYes
I think major changes to the by-laws, particularly those that give the CBA more powers, should be approved by a community meeting (with a months notice).
Very important
Kinda important
Very importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Least important
NoNo
As a Somerville resident who lives outside of Union Square I came to the Wednesday meeting to see what was happening in a neighborhood that I, and my family, spend a lot of time in. I left the meeting with two primary concerns:

Firstly, it saddened me that the community of Union Square would create a board, whose goal was to direct the development of the neighbored, with no input from Somerville residents who live outside the neighborhood. I spend a lot of time in union square. My children play in the playgrounds and I hope one day my two daughters will attend Argenziano. Perhaps I misunderstood the by-laws, but it seemed like only locals could vote in the election and only locals could stand for election. I’d like to think that I’m part of your community. It saddened me that your voting system, and your board structure, did not seem to see me that me that way. All Somerville residents, regardless of where they live, have a stake in the development of union square. I strongly believe you should make some room for them on your board. I understand the impulse to have the board be focused on the local community. Locals should certainly have an outsided voice. But to discount Somerville residents all together feels wrong, and not in spirit of the broader Somerville community which I believe we are all trying to build.

My second concern was the small number of people attending the meeting. From what I can see the CBA vote garnered 223 votes. I confess that I don’t know how many people live within the boundaries of Union Square. If I had to guess, it’s probably around 10,000. If that’s correct, the vote represented less than 3% of the local community (and an even smaller share of the broader Somerville community). If the purpose of the CBA is to provide the city with input on the views of locals, low turnout is a problem. If the purpose of the CBA is to go beyond “providing input” this is an even bigger problem. Activities like negotiating directly with developers and employers would require real legitimacy. If the proposal had passed the two-thirds threshold with only 223 votes, could the board have credibly argued they represent the community? I don’t believe so. I highly suggest you adopt a minimum number of community votes required. I think this is particularly important for major decisions like expanding the powers of the CBA beyond "providing input". A board which received so few votes has no authority to represent locals in my opinion.
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6/27/2017 12:36:14
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square
Agree
This voting model is flawed
This voting model is flawed
There were 221 votes. The neighborhood as defined could have 20,000+ members in it. That means participation is .01% of the population. There can't be a neighborhood council if 99.99% of the members don't vote. This issue needs to be fixed or the council will always be illegitimate.
No
If there are 15 members and 221 people voting all it will take is 7 votes to win an "election". This is not democracy.
This is not about board structure.
11/7/2017MaybeNoYesYesYes
A list too long to describe here.
Very importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantNoNo
The entire process of forming this council has been flawed. A very small group of people - who I'm sure have good intentions and have worked hard - have over-reached in trying to form this council. The reason for formation appears to be "to negotiate a community benefits package with US2". This seems to be a very weak reason to rush into a neighborhood council. The two issues should really be separated. Do we need a neighborhood council and is there public support for one is a stand alone issue. Until there is a huge increase in public awareness and public participation this process feels hopelessly flawed. Any outcome in the present process will simply be the will of the .01%. Until that changes I can't support this process in any way.
5151
77
6/28/2017 16:04:30
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
The basic concept
AgreeToo broadToo broad
The breakdown of the board is too big and to broad. There needs to be more than 2/15 homeowners, if there is going to be a large rental %, there should be an equal landlord voice. Too few business owners.
No5-102430002076/9/2017YesNoYesYesYes
Breakdown of members, 2/3 majority to make decisions, and explanation of powers. Also, board should be in place for 2 years.
Least important
Not important
Kinda important
Very important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Least important
Kinda important
Kinda important
NoNo
List serves and email
Understand that you are not selling your idea for union square, but rather you are providing a forum for the ideas that will define union square to be developed.
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6/26/2017 22:09:25
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
LocationAgreeJust rightToo broad
Would set minimum age at 18, not 16, for Founding Board
No5-107811/7/2017MaybeMaybeYesYesYes
Board composition, voting eligibility, provisions for impartial election process
Least important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very important
Least important
Least important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Kinda important
NoNo
Voting felt very rushed as though the organizers did consider it important
3141
79
6/28/2017 12:19:24
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square, Receive services in Union Square
I agree with the general sentiment, but the details and enforcement matter greatly. There's a big difference between "I'm one person who likes to hang out in Union Square" (I'm fine with these people being involved) and "I am one of dozens of people who work for a developer who wants to make a ton of money in Union Square" (I'm not fine with these people being involved)
Just rightJust right
This is not thought out fully, but a potential disqualifying criteria is if your only interest is temporary and financial. So, a local business owner is okay because her interest is not temporary. A subletting college student is okay because his interest is not financial. Developers and construction firms are not okay.
Yes
To me, the main appeal of reserving spots for categories are to better serve less powerful groups. I would be fine with the structure changing over time as circumstances change, so long as we don't start allocating special seats to groups that already have a lot of power/influence.
310/10/2017MaybeMaybeYesYesYes
Bylaw changes seem important, and seem like there should be more than 2 weeks notice. Seems like "notice" should also be defined. Does a posting on a website count?
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very importantVery importantNoNo211
80
6/26/2017 14:02:08
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
DisagreeToo broadJust right
Paid employees of companies or organizations that could stand to enjoy funding from the CBA should be disqualified from membership. This poses a conflict of interest.
No10-153432811/7/2017MaybeYesYesYesNot sure
Membership criteria
Very important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very important
Least important
Least important
Very important
Least important
Kinda important
MaybeMaybe
The only way to reach people who are underrepresented is to knock on doors or host a BBQ which I would be willing to do if I believed in this self-appointed NC but as it stands I think we are better off with a city appointed NC.
1151
81
6/26/2017 14:23:42
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Own a home in Union Square
DisagreeToo broadJust rightNo10-152422110059/10/2017YesYesYesYesYesVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantVery importantMaybeMaybe1141
82
6/26/2017 17:28:52
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
CAC / LOCUS listserv
Receive services in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square, I am the Executive Director of Somerville Local First and have SLF members in Union Square.
AgreeJust right
There should be a verification process for "workers." I can envision this becoming an abusable loophole.
Affiliations with the Master Developer and Union United should be noted as this group is formed. There should be a healthy balance of "both sides" (I hate labeling it with those terms) and unbiased / unaffiliated members on the Neighborhood Council.
Yes
10-15 members, but maxed at an odd number similar to the Board of Aldermen.
333122011/7/2017NoNoYesYesYes
It would be too tedious for me to write all of my concerns regarding the bylaws here. I will note my thoughts and send them to the whole group or chosen subcommittee.
Kinda important
Least important
Least important
Very important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very importantVery important
Kinda important
MaybeNo
Identify who is underrepresented and have an unbiased entity reach out to them or to a business/organization to facilitate.
1151
83
6/26/2017 16:33:37
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
liked rules of discussion
AgreeToo broadToo broad
I would say just live in Union square area-perhaps absentee owners
I would not have categories in terms of board but present that with the ideals and encourage candidates to identify along whatever categories they want, allow each person 5 votes or something like that-
710/30/2017MaybeNoYesYes
shorten first term if adopted before
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very importantVery important
Least important
Least important
Very importantVery important
Kinda important
MaybeMaybe
Just appreciate the work it is very hard to do this keeping details and big picture in mind together with all the moving parts, your response to not passing by a couple of votes was both reassuring the voting was fair (would have been easy to "lose" a couple of ballots) and heartening that you are taking a positive approach not retreating to recriminations- David
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6/28/2017 15:13:01
Redacted@redacted.com
English, Chinese
RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Flyer, poster, word of mouth, neighorhood/organization listservs, etc.
Work in Union Square
AgreeToo broadToo broad
Voting. How is voting accounted for? Is there a protocol if someone were to attend both meetings and could have possibly receive two ballots? Was that considered?
No10-15233201000NoMaybeYesYesYes
Kinda important
Very importantVery importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
Very importantVery importantVery importantMaybeNo4151
85
6/26/2017 13:42:57
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
AgreeJust rightJust rightNo10-1548/15/2017NoMaybeYesYesNo
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very importantVery importantVery importantNot important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Least important
MaybeMaybe2142
86
6/26/2017 16:00:54
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square, Work in Union Square, Run a business in Union Square, Receive services in Union Square, Own commercial property in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square, Long history of active involvement in USQ development and planning issues
Bill Gage's presentation, which was succinct and neutral; most presentations were blatant advocacy assuming a single outcome; being neutral is far more effective - and more likely to win support.
Attendance is fine - participation inappropriate
Just rightJust rightNo10-1533220211
Interim board can be modified based on initial experience
59/16/2017NoMaybeYesYesYes
Two thirds majority rule, and composition of board
Least important
Not important
Kinda important
Very importantNot importantNot important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Not importantMaybeMaybe
Use the city's systems
Being generally unable to attend meetings, but heavily invested in the future of Union Square, I came to this meeting will all sorts of optimism. And it started well. But it quickly become clear that presenters were not interested in hearing from the larger community, or addressing concerns. Lack of focus on substance (i.e. what can a Neighborhood Council actually do, and how?), coupled with what frankly looked like incompetence or worse in management of the whole process made me wonder whether a Neighborhood Council was even a good idea if this was what it might look like.

Don't guilt-trip people for not coming to meetings: many people can't. They have children, health issues, different working hours. If you don't really want a two-thirds vote from the larger community, don't look for one. Don't bad-mouth , online, carefully thought-out and respectfully expressed dissenting opinions. Apologize when you really drop the ball. People will quickly forgive you. Don't be defensive.

Lastly, think about winning something worth winning, like a significant number of new jobs, a major increase in affordable housing, improved open spaces, a stronger tax base. Then ask yourself if your follow-residents, etc. aren't looking for the same thing, and think about winning for the community. The meeting and its aftermath appeared to me to more about dividing the community into two and then trying to win some contest against the other half.
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6/28/2017 13:10:17
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square, 2 children at Argenziano
I think it depends on what we mean by "participation" and would be cautious of how this could sway meetings.
Consider adding parents of children who attend school in Union Square
Just rightNo5-105NoYesYesVery importantVery importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
Least important
Very importantVery important
Kinda important
Maybe
I would suggest having a meeting that is about background & vision. I would go to places where various community stakeholders already are gathering (e.g., churches, schoolyard, business convenings, etc.) for outreach. Asking a variety of groups how they would most value outreach & participation (given that the google form is in English and sent to the group of folks who attended the meetings, who did not seem representative, I would guess that the feedback gathered here is potentially skewed)
I very much appreciate the vision that the WG has put forward. The implementation of that vision that I have seen so far doesn't match the vision, and that's where I think there are lots of opportunities to improve. I also am grateful for the significant time and energy that the WG members have put into this (volunteer) work and for being willing to continue dialog and improvement with the community.
1141
88
6/28/2017 18:05:46
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square
DisagreeJust rightJust right
Why the election process at all? We spend a lot of money and time on municipal elections and elect aldermen and school committee and the mayor. The are elected democratically. A neighborhood council appointed by our elected leaders with a formula that represents the various stakeholders would be more democratic than the stakeholder election currently proposed.
Yes10-15222211
The distribution is good, as I said before I do not believe the elected model is or will be democratic and an appointed model would actually be more so.
10MaybeNoYesYesNot sure
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very importantVery importantVery importantVery important
Kinda important
4151
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6/27/2017 13:54:17
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RedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Own a home in Union Square
AgreeToo broadJust rightNo153322122
1-2 appointed seats for low and moderate income
511/7/2017YesYesYesVery important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Least important
Very importantVery important
Kinda important
4151
90
6/26/2017 13:00:00
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 21 (Wednesday Night)
Word of Mouth
Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square
Everyone had an opportunity to voice their opinions.
AgreeJust rightJust rightYes10-153222211108/8/2017NoYesNoNot important
Kinda important
Very important
Kinda important
Least important
Not important
Least important
Least important
Least important
MaybeMaybe1515
91
6/28/2017 14:01:41
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
I did not attend either meeting, but I'm aware of the Neighborhood Council concept and want to participate
Neighborhood listserv
Own a home in Union Square, Receive services in Union Square
AgreeToo broadJust rightYes4NoNoNoNot sureNot important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very importantVery important
Least important
Least important
Kinda important
Not importantMaybeNo1241
92
6/27/2017 19:58:52
Redacted@redacted.com
EnglishRedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
Word of Mouth
Receive services in Union Square, Live in Somerville, but care about Union Square, Own a home just outside Union Sq; own/operate a business just outside of Union Sq.
Presentations were very informative
AgreeJust right
Should this say "16 and over"? If so, Just Right.
Yes1519/30/2017NoMaybeYesNo
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Kinda important
Very importantVery important
Kinda important
MaybeNo1515
93
6/27/2017 14:26:50
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RedactedRedacted
June 24 (Saturday Morning)
participation/flyer
Receive services in Union Square, Live outside Somerville, but care about Union Square ("non-voting stakeholder), volunteer/past Somerville renter
seems to be organized
Kinda important
Very important
Kinda important
Least important
Kinda important
support organizations which take preceding on improving theirs as well as its surroundings and elsewhere
unable to vote which means that my ins&outs about NCWG is(are) slim to none
94
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