I saw this in my alumni magazine. At Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, they put together a website with a lot of information on food, demographics, and health statistics. Take a look.
From Paul Krugman’s blog on the NY Times
Here’s an interesting new working paper: Subways, Strikes, and Slowdowns. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an ungated version. But here’s the summary: the author argues that mass transit has a significant impact in reducing traffic congestion, even when it carries only a small fraction of commuters. Why? Because commuters who take mass transit are, very disproportionately, people who would otherwise be driving on the most congested routes. So even the small number of people taken off the roads has a surprisingly large effect in reducing travel delays.
…The author tests this claim by taking advantage of a natural experiment, a subway strike in Los Angeles, and finds that even in LA, where public transit is a very small factor, the strike had a quite large effect on travel delays. And he concludes that the LA subway system easily passes a cost-benefit test.
In December 2012, the MIT urban planning students presented their recommendations on changes for different parts of Somerville, including the stretch along Broadway in Winter Hill. It’s a very detailed & interesting document. One suggestion is to look at the business mix of other successful squares (such as Inman Square) for a model of what kinds of businesses might make sense in our area.