Part 2: SomerStat and ResiStat
By William C. Shelton
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Mayor Joseph Curtatone flatly states that during his administration, “Somerville residents have seen their government become more open, more accountable and more participatory.” Implementation of the SomerStat and ResiStat programs are key elements that he cites to support this claim.
Based on all the evidence that I've seen, Somerville government has become less open, less accountable, and less participatory. If Mayor Curtatone sincerely believes his statement, and I think that he does, how can we explain this conflict in perceptions?