Tom Ross

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Current name: Tom Ross

Age when this tile was made: 12

Where did you live when you made this tile?

West Somerville

Where else have you lived in Somerville?

Hudson Street for the first 9 months of my life.

Where do you live now?

West Somerville

Do you consider Somerville your hometown? Yes

What is your earliest Somerville memory?

If you can believe it, I still remember actually walking to school as a kindergartner. Crossing Broadway with the help of a 70-something year old pipe smoking crossing guard.

How would you describe Somerville in the 1980s?

I think Somerville definitely had an old school feel and by the late 80's was losing it's attraction as a place to live.

How would you describe Somerville today?

Definitely more diverse with fewer and smaller families.

How has Somerville changed?

Yes. The elimination of rent control in the first half of the 90's affected the housing markets in Boston and Cambridge. As a result, Somerville started seeing a change in demographics.