Monday, May 2, 2011

Somerville Happiness Survey Making Headlines--And the Front Page of the New York Times

Looks like being the first city government in the United States to measure resident happiness is getting Somerville more than a little attention. John Tierney of the New York Times visited Somerville last week to interview Mayor Curtatone and SomerStat staff about the initiative. Hia story made the front page of the New York Times on Sunday, and papers accross the country picked it up as well. Among others, readers in Denver; San Francisco; Bend, Ore.; and Charlotte, N.C. found the story in their Sunday papers too. Meanwhile, the Al Jazeera news network has also requested an interview. The project deserves the attention. Over time, it could yield useful indicators on how different city initiatives--such as increasing access to public transportation--impact happiness. That's data other cities could turn to as well when considering similar efforts. Read the NYT story here: http://tinyurl.com/6l4gn7d.

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