Somerville is a city located directly to the northwest of Boston, and north of Cambridge.

Squares and Neighborhoods

Somerville's commercial property is not concentrated in a recognized downtown central business district but instead is spread over many different nodes or corridors of business activity. The difference in character ranges from the vibrant nightlife, live music and theaters of Davis Square to the large scale retail and highway access of Assembly Square. This spatial allocation is directly related to the early influence of rail and streetcar systems which caused economic activity to occur at stops. The other key factor in the creation of commercial squares is the area's topography. The numerous hills making up Somerville's landscape determined where road networks would allow neighborhood commercial development.

Somerville has a number of squares that are centers for business and entertainment, as well as a number of other neighborhoods:

  • Assembly Square
  • Ball Square
  • Brickbottom 
  • Clarendon Hill
  • Davis Square
  • Duck Village
  • East Somerville 
  • Gilman Square
  • Inner Belt District
  • Magoun Square
  • Nunnery Grounds
  • Powder House Square
  • Prospect Hill 
  • Spring Hill
  • The States 
  • Teele Square
  • Ten Hills
  • Tufts
  • Union Square
  • Wilson Square 
  • Winter Hill

Arts and Culture

The Somerville Arts Council and Somerville Open Studios both host annual events involving the community in homegrown arts. The Boston chapter of the Dorkbot community meets in Somerville at the Willoughby & Baltic studio, in the Brickbottom district.

Two major art studios, the Brickbottom Artists Building and the Joy Street Studios, are located in former industrial buildings in the Brickbottom district. The Brickbottom Artists Association has been hosting annual open studio events in the fall since 1987. Starlab Studios, a multimedia artist studio space and the host of Somerville's annual Starlabfest, opened in Union Square in 2009. Additionally, Artisan's Asylum on Tyler Street between Union and Porter squares is a hackerspace, where 150 members and 200 students have been participating in the maker culture since 2011.

Starting in 2006, an annual Fluff Festival has been held to celebrate the invention of Fluff in Somerville. "What the Fluff?" is produced by Union Square Main Streets and includes vendors, activities, entertainment and the crowning of the Pharaoh of Fluff.


Somerville Public Schools operates eleven schools from pre-kindergarten to secondary schools.

Somerville Public Schools:

  • Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center (preK-K)
  • Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park (preK-8)
  • Benjamin G. Brown School (K-5)
  • East Somerville Community School (K-8)
  • Arthur D. Healey School (preK-8)
  • John F. Kennedy School (preK-8)
  • West Somerville Neighborhood School (preK-8)
  • Winter Hill Community Innovation School (preK-8)


Somerville, originally built as a streetcar suburb of Boston, has a framework and layout ideal for public transit. Its traditionally designed neighborhoods, set among grid-like street networks, connect in a walkable, transit-friendly system. Somerville has among the highest bus ridership in the Boston metro area. Nearly 40,000 passengers board the buses that pass through Somerville each day, and 15 MBTA bus routes operate in Somerville. *

Davis Square

Assembly Square 

Useful Links

City of Somerville

Somerville Public Schools

National Register of Historic Places,_Massachusetts


About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
Easy commutes
Good transit
There are sidewalks
It's dog friendly
Arts and culture
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