Date: April 15th 2020.
Somerville, Massachusetts is the most densely populated city in New England, and several years ago city planners and citizens realized that it was crucial to the health and sustainability of the city to increase the living green spaces of the city, while decreasing the prevalence of blacktop and cars. So in a sweeping gesture, the city has today rolled out new zoning ordinances that encourage all street parking spaces and parking lots on city and private land to be turned into park spaces, to be used as food and wildlife gardens, bull market carts and stalls for selling locally produced goods and services (such as bicycle repair and locally handcrafted rainwater barrels), energy producing playgrounds, and other innovative solutions to helping Somerville be more resilient by increasing the availability of:
• wh*** foods
• clean water
• fresh air
• outlets for using human products (composting toilets, carbon sequestration, human powered stuff, artistic performance spaces, schools, etc.)
And, since this is tax day, the city is announcing the great news that anyone who adopts a parking space to turn into a park space gets a tax big deduction!
Back in 2010 the city had only a few dozen official parks and open greenspaces:
And now, in 2020, Somerville is covered by a vast network of greenspaces and parks!
Every single street is now ready to come alive! Isn't it amazing!