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By William Tauro
Jim Legee celebrated his eighty eighth birthday with a birthday bash thrown in his honor at the LaHasenda Restaurant in Somerville with dozens of family, friends and former co-workers in attendance this past Sunday.
Jim also worked as a building inspector for the City of Somerville back in the late 70s during the Brune administration.
Jim is also a war veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and who was recently decorated for his military service for his country by the Somerville Veteran’s Services Department.
We here at the Somerville News Weekly wish Jim all the best on his birthday with many more happy birthdays to come!
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City jumps from 10th to 7th most walkable city in nation; Also lands rank of 9th for most transit-friendly city
SOMERVILLE – According to 2014 national Walk Score ratings, Somerville is now the 7th most walkable city and the 9th most transit-friendly city in the nation, regardless of population size.
The new scores released in November reflect Somerville’s continued climb up the walkability charts, with the city rising three spots from number 10 last year to number 7 in the latest rankings—and with new Orange and Green Line MBTA stops on the horizon, the outlook is good for an ever higher transit-friendly score in the future as well.
Walkscore’s city page features scores for cities with populations above 250,000, but when all of the 2,978 cities ranked are considered, Somerville comes in as the 7th most walkable city in the nation just behind New York City (5th) and Cambridge, MA, (6th) (instructions for viewing scores below). Meanwhile, an analysis of the most recent Census data reveals that 12.5 percent of Somerville residents walk to work, the 11th highest percentage in the U.S. For transit, Somerville is ranked 9th in the nation according to Walk Score, and the latest Census data shows that 30.4 percent of residents take transit to work, the 7th highest percentage in the U.S. Continue reading SOMERVILLE NAMED TOP 10 CITY FOR WALKING AND TRANSIT