Hope you are having a good start to the week! One of our members, Alex Ezorsky, created a short animated video that explains why we need a community benefits agreement in Union Square. It’s pretty awesome and hopefully it will help educate our friends and neighbors about Union United. Check it out on our Facebook… Read More

On February 4, the city will be hosting a Union Square Neighborhood Plan meeting at 6:00pm at Argenziano School. Union United is working to reschedule our regular coalition meeting (stay tuned!), but we will still gather together at 5:30pm at St. Joseph’s church on Thursday, February 4 for a quick huddle before walking the few… Read More

There are two competing visions for Union Square. On the one hand, there is a passionate and mobilized community calling for development without displacement and for community-led negotiations with US2. On the other hand, the LOCUS process does not support community members negotiating with the developer, leaving everything in the hands of the SRA. Last… Read More

What is the community’s role in shaping development? To help answer this question, we hosted a discussion on ways to ensure that we have a real voice in the outcome of the future of our neighborhood. John Goldstein, a national expert in community benefits agreements, discussed his experiences with CBAs involving community coalitions, developers, and… Read More


With a crowd of over 45 members and supporters, Union United held a rally and press conference on March 11th to say loud and clear: this community deserves better! We heard from Union Square business owners Angelica Benatti and Pokye Casserly and local youth Bukhari Brown on the importance of addressing community needs and having development… Read More

On October 19, more than 50 people attended Union United’s Community Walk to learn about the history of activism in Union Square, share stories of displacement, find out about the current redevelopment process and Union United’s community benefits agreement, and socialize with one another. With community priorities reflected at each of our stops, Union United… Read More

Dirce (center, with sign) is the owner of G & T Alterations, part of 31 Union Square. Her rent will increase 50% effective July 1. Her story is similar to many other small business owners in Union Square.

The Official Story The Green Line Extension will bring much-needed development and urban renewal to Union Square, and all residents and businesses will benefit from the investment. Somerville needs to increase its commercial tax base to relieve the burden on residential taxpayers. The master developer candidates are all committed to smart, mixed-use, transit-oriented development that… Read More

Union United stands for local business and community.

  Union United’s efforts to ensure fairness in the redevelopment of Union Square were recently featured in Rooflines, the blog for Shelterforce.   Shelterforce is  “the nation’s oldest continually published housing and community development magazine. For more than three decades, Shelterforce has been a primary forum for organizers, activists, and advocates in the affordable-housing and neighborhood revitalization… Read More

Will Union Square lose its soul to gain prosperity?

In mid-May, some Union Square businesses received information from their landlords and management companies informing them of substantial rent increases. These businesses that make up the block that include: G&T Alterations Living Well SCOM Services Somerville Grooves Red House India Palace Machu Picchu Somerville Cleaners Sherman Café and Market On Friday, May 30, Union United held… Read More

Union United stands with local business, local jobs, and the opportunity to prosper.

  There has been another major step toward displacement in Union Square, and it’s time for us to act in support of our neighbors!Last week, some Union Square businesses received information from their landlords and management companies informing them of substantial rent increases.These businesses make up the block that includes G&T Alterations, Living Well, SCOM… Read More