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 businesses and local jobs.

Union United is a coalition of stakeholders, including small business owners, residents, immigrant groups, religious congregations, labor unions, and community-based organizations, working to ensure that the Union Square redevelopment process results in tangible benefits — not displacement — for the Union Square community.   We are working together to create a community benefits agreement that we hope… Read More