Somerville street performance rules reconsidered


Officials in Somerville are moving to get rid of an antiquated municipal ordinance that bans people from singing or playing an instrument in a public place without a police detail. The city’s ordinance for street performers has been on the books in 1963, but Alderwoman Rebekah Gewirtz has sought its removal since last September, after receiving a complaint from street performers who were told by police that they needed a permit. Gewirtz has argued that the ordinance may violate the First Amendment. The aldermen’s Legislative Matters Committee approved an amendment to the city ordinance in a meeting last week. The proposal is expected to be reviewed by the Board of Aldermen as a whole on Thursday.

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of