How Not to Advocate for Transit

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Yesterday’s Globe covered the expansion of the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. The article talked to newcomers to that community (who generally wanted the subway) and ‘old-timers’ (who generally opposed it).

One quote stood out:

“It will be that much more connected to civilization,” said Elizabeth Bolton, a real estate agent who moved here in 2005.

Eh, I don’t think the negative space around that comment are great for building coalitions. The notion that Medford is somehow disconnected from ‘civilization’ will not endear you to the ‘old-timers’.