it sounded like you were actively soliciting an opinion wrt something, i kept waiting for the "who you are" part of your post as opposed to just throwing out stories which have been hashed over and over. what i found missing was some sort of stuff tying it all together, so i'll have to do it for you.
like: we're an organization who would like to better inform the arts council about these problems and we're wondering whether you in the artistic community are finding your ideas in copycat stores like xmas tree shops?" contact us to let us know and we can see if there's a reason for pushing forth an initiative (insert contact info) (btw, xmas tree shops are owned or are about to be owned by bed bath and beyond.)
or, i thought you were going to mention the somerville town meeting on the arts
that's happening tomorrow as a venue to voice your concerns and opinion on the arts in somerville.
or, i though you might mention that the deadline for submitting proposals to participate in Artbeat in davis square is March 31st and that there's another arts festival starting up in Union square.
or perhaps clarify that by having the green line extension cut through somerville that it could indeed reduce the amount of commuter traffic through the city and hopefully then help improve the air quality in somerville & make it less a hazard for asthma sufferers.
there ya go.