[personal profile] ron_newman
an email I received today:

Save this date!
Davis Square needs repair – Public meeting:
February 13 @ 6.00pm
Dilboy Post
371 Summer St Davis Square

The city has agreed to work with the DavisNow community organization to repair Davis Square.
We need your support and your inputs.
This is a community meeting to talk about what is going to happen and when.

DavisNOW provided the city with an illustrated Punch List that inventories the myriad problems with the square that need remedy. The city was also provided with cost estimates and where to find the tools they need to fix the problems. The mayor agrees that these problems need fixing. Preventing further decline, and undertaking repair and restoration, is a critical first step before any consideration of redevelopment is advanced (which is not budgeted or planned for the next 10 years at a minimum). We invite you to come, participate, and lend your support to the community’s efforts to fix the square.

See the punch list and all the issues on http://DavisNow.org
[personal profile] theresa_99
Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballantyne invite you to attend the Ward 7 ResiStat neighborhood meeting on Thurs., Nov. 15, in the Tufts Administration Building at 167 Holland St., in the senior center on the 2nd floor. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will include an open Q&A with the Mayor and City staff, neighborhood and city updates, neighborhood crime stats, and other important information. Please also join us before the meeting from 6 to 6:30 p.m. for pizza and a chance to speak one-to-one with City officials.

The meeting is hosted by the City's ResiStat program, which updates residents on the latest city news and data. For more information, contact Meghann Ackerman at mackerman@somervillema.gov.

[personal profile] ron_newman
Somerville unofficial election results, broken out by ward and precinct, are here. There are few surprises.


Unlike the state at large, we voted for Gonzalez for Governor.
Like the state at large, we voted against question 1.

(a summation, not broken out by ward and precinct, is at https://www.somervillema.gov/departments/programs/votesomerville )
[personal profile] jlauspitz
OCT. 27TH, 2018 01:05 PM
A new website is up sparked by the City's ten-year budgeting of zero funds for capital improvements in Davis Square through 2027. The site details repairs immediately needed, with pictures and cost estimates for repairs.


The 62-page, illustrated punch list, developed by architect Chris Iwerks, a Davis Sq resident, is also available at:


The group's self-description follows:

"DavisNow.org focuses on fixing problems now. It does not address the City’s long-term plans for Davis Square, such as increasing building heights, altering intersections, or completely replacing sidewalks. This is a much more modest scope and cost proposal. It’s just what’s needed to renew the elements we already have.

"We have created a punch-list book of the many issues afflicting Davis Square, which can be viewed here:


"We plan to have a community meeting... to discuss what our next steps should be and how to partner with city officials to fund these needed repairs."
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[personal profile] redbird
The city is planning significant changes to the traffic/pedestrian lights in Davis Square, on Wednesday June 27. Instead of having all the walk lights on at the same time, they're going to be coordinated with red and green lights for vehicles, in part by giving pedestrians a walk light at times when everyone is crossing anyway because we can see it's safe.

The city says (hopes) that this will make it significantly faster to cross Davis on foot, especially diagonally. It's supposed to give pedestrians more walk lights and give traffic on both Highland Avenue and Holland Street more green light time per hour, and add more green lights for buses leaving the Davis Square busway. (For more and possibly clearer information, see the info and background pages on the city website.)

I was alerted to this by some not-very-large posters taped to some of the light poles in Davis Square, a couple of days ago. I haven't gotten an email from the city, which I would have expected. Also, Ron, I can't find a better tag for this than "local government," since we don't have one for walking, traffic, or pedestrian.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Starting on June 11 and continuing into early September, the Community Path west of Davis Square, from Buena Vista Road to Cameron Ave, will be closed for drainage and retaining wall construction. This project should alleviate the chronic flooding problems on that part of the path.

I can't tell from that page whether it will still be possible to cross the path at Thorndike Street during the construction.

The northbound bicycle detour shown on the map is sub-optimal. A better detour is: northbound on Cameron Ave, right on Tannery Brook Row, straight onto Howard Street, left onto Thorndike St to Holland Street.
[personal profile] ams16
Does anyone know of any projects to create municipal broadband in Eastern Massachusetts? Considering the possibility of the death of net-neutrality, I was just wondering if there are any efforts in that direction.

(Yes, I know the Senate managed to vote to save net-neutrality. I doubt it will get by the House.)
[personal profile] ron_newman

Get your eyes on the Davis Square Neighborhood Plan draft! Four years of community ideas, involvement, and input have led us here. Now, join the SomervillebyDesign planning team for an open house-style meeting to see the highlights.

Monday, April 30th, 6 pm
Somerville Baptist Church
31 College Avenue

You can learn more at www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhoods/davis

[personal profile] lancedavisward6
There are several public hearings coming up, on three different nights.

1. Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 7:30 P.M. City Hall -- This is for the proposed extension of the Medical Marijuana Overlay District (http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=2547&MediaPosition=&ID=16946&CssClass=), which expired in June of this year. Five applicants received a letter of non-opposition from the city. Of those, one is now open, one is under construction, two have withdrawn, and one still wants to go forward with their plan (in Union Square). In order to obtain the Special Permit required to do so, the MMOD would need to be extended. I'm told that at this time the Administration has no plans to consider additional applications (though that could be revisited in the future). The Administration does expect to include a permanent MMOD in the proposed zoning overhaul, which is not yet before the Board.

2. Monday, November 27th, 6:00 P.M. City Hall -- There are technically four separate public hearings to be held on the 27th, on two topics:

A) Creating a jobs linkage fee:
- http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=2548&MediaPosition=&ID=17127&CssClass=


- http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=2548&MediaPosition=&ID=17257&CssClass=

B) Raising the affordable housing linkage percentage:
- http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=2548&MediaPosition=&ID=17128&CssClass=


- http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=2548&MediaPosition=&ID=17256&CssClass=

3. Tuesday, November 28, 6:00 P.M. City Hall -- Finally, there will be a public hearing on the proposed District Improvement Financing (DIF) that is before the Board, which would finance major infrastructure repairs and upgrades to the City's sewer and stormwater system. The work would focus on extended areas surrounding Union Square, as that is the "down stream" part of the system that needs to be addressed first, before working back upstream. More information, including materials submitted to the Board's Committee on Finance can be found here: www.somervillema.gov/usqdif
[personal profile] ron_newman

Unofficial results sent to me from the Somerville Election Department tonight:

16251 ballots cast, out of 51378 registered voters, a turnout of 31.6%.

Mayor: Joe Curtatone(i) 11472, Payton Corbett 4208


  • Mary Jo Rossetti(i) 10283
  • Stephanie Hirsch 8823
  • Bill White(i) 8203
  • Will Mbah 7905
  • Jack Connolly(i) 6977
  • Dennis Sullivan(i) 6350
  • Kevin Tarpley 2475

Ward 1 Alderman: Matt McLaughlin(i) 1353, Elio LoRusso 613

Ward 2 Alderman: JT Scott 1426, Maryann Heuston(i) 1046

Ward 3 Alderman: Ben Ewen-Campen 1654, Bob McWatters(i) 1197

Ward 4 Alderman: Jesse Clingan 1532, Omar Boukili 240

Ward 1 School Committee: Emily Ackman 1190, Ken Salvato 623

Ward 2 School Committee: Dan Futrell(i) 1223, Susan McDonald-Nionakis 829

(i) indicates incumbent

[personal profile] kent37
The city is finally going to address the flooding issues on the Community Path west of Davis!
[personal profile] somervilleplanning
 Join us for our next round of Davis Square Neighborhood Plan discussions! To fulfill the goal of strengthening Davis Square as a Local Center, we will be showing potential development on sites in the Davis Square core.

These two meetings will build off of one another. The first will show site layouts, height, and potential jobs/housing numbers. The second will refine layouts based on your feedback and start to show design details. Both meetings are an open house format so drop by anytime.

6-8 pm

First Meeting
Wednesday, November 1
First Church UCC
89 College Ave

Second Meeting
Monday, November 13
First Church UCC
89 College Ave

For questions please contact us at planning@somervillema.gov

[personal profile] somervilleplanning
Monday, September 25, 6-8 p.m.

Tufts Administration Building (TAB), 167 Holland Street, Senior Center, 2nd Floor

Join the City Planning Department for a special update and discussion on the Davis Square Neighborhood Plan. We’re excited to present this meeting with the help of a facilitator who specializes in a meeting format designed to give participants control of the discussion topics. First, city staff will offer an update on the plan started in 2013/14 as well as a look at next steps. Then, to address outstanding topics and ensure that any new ideas and goals are identified, our facilitator will use the Round Robin meeting format, which asks participants to bring up topics for small-group discussions. In short, participants will set the agenda for the night and also shape topics for the next meeting.

At the second meeting in this series on October 19 (at the Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave. 6-8 p.m.), we’ll take a deeper dive into the community-selected topics and identify action steps to address the goals and needs related to each. City staff will bring in resources and experts on the topic areas selected in the first meeting to serve as a resource during discussions.

Whether your concerns are open space, traffic, parking, streetscape, bicycle infrastructure, housing or more, we hope you’ll join us.

Unfortunately we cannot monitor this page, so if have any questions or need any more information, please contact us at planning@somervillema.org

For more information about Davis Square Neighborhood Planning visit https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/
[personal profile] ron_newman
Friday 9/8: Boston Bike Party, Cambridge/Somerville edition. Meet at Alewife station at 7 pm, start rolling at 7:30, eventually ends up at Assembly Row.

Saturday 9/9: Walking tour and celebration of the Somerville Community Preservation Act, starting in East Somerville at 12:30 pm, continuing through Union Square, ending at the Prospect Hill Tower at 2:30 pm.

Saturday 9/9 (with some activities on Friday and Sunday): Assembly Row Riverfest, including fireworks over the Mystic River Saturday night.

Friday-Sunday, 9/8-10: Greek Food and Music Festival at Dormition Church, 29 Central Street.

Friday-Sunday, 9/8-10: Italian Festival of the Healing Saints Cosmas and Damian, on Warren Street at the Cambridge-Somerville line, near Twin City Plaza.

Sunday 9/10: Rock & Roll Yard Sale in Union Square.

Sunday 9/10: Cambridge Caribbean Carnival, parade followed by festival in Kendall Square.

Sunday 9/10: Somerville Dog Festival at Trum Field.
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
Davis Square Neighborhood Planning Meetings
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Our third Davis Square neighborhood planning meeting is tonight, March 21st at the Somerville Baptist Church, 31 College Avenue, starting at 6 pm.

We will have an engaged and interactive workshop, discussing the character and aesthetics of Davis Square. We want to hear from you and hope to see you there!

More Information on this meeting series here. Let us know if you have any questions.

Traducción Española: http://tinyurl.com/hgfrcu2

Tradução em português: http://tinyurl.com/z26vm35

Kreyòl ayisyen tradiksyon: http://tinyurl.com/hnhewhv

[identity profile] aislingk15.livejournal.com
It appears that Somerville finally has their new system up for sending street sweeping/trash alerts by email, phone, text etc. I set mine up by going to http://www.somervillema.gov/trash finding my address under "My Schedule" and then choosing "Sign up for reminders". So far I have been getting emails with trash pickup, and the system knows things like to send a delayed message on weeks when there is a holiday. You also have control over what time the messages are sent. Supposedly this will also be sending reminders about street sweeping, though I can't vouch for that in February.

From the main Somerville page under "Residents" I see that there is a pull-down menu option for "Sign Up for Alerts", but as that's not the way I signed up for mine, I can't say whether you end up at the same place.
[identity profile] lisa mayer

Come to an interactive and fun way to meet other families and try to answer this important question: How can our city (its housing, open space, transportation systems, and community organizations) help Somerville children and families achieve health and happiness?

When: Sunday, March 5, 2pm-5pm
Where: Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143

Adults, teens, tweens, toddlers, and in between will have ways to express their thoughts. We will have interactive ways for attendees to learn about the challenges different residents face in Somerville, as well as to gain ideas on help to the environment.

Come, meet a friend, and share a thought about our city's future. There will be pizza for kids and drinks for adults.

About Stephanie Hirsch

Stephanie wants to make sure government runs well and meets everyone’s needs. She will work to preserve and create livable and inclusive neighborhoods and to reduce financial burdens on our households. Local government is a great place to test solutions to our country’s biggest challenges – and Stephanie wants to take on them all.

Stephanie will also work to build a strong community, across our different backgrounds. When we share stories and friendship, we can tackle the hardest responsibilities together.

Since 2004, Stephanie has helped the Mayor and Superintendent improve our city by starting programs like ResiStat and 311. These efforts have made our city more efficient and responsive. She has also volunteered in the schools and community and advocated for residents’ needs. She lives with her family and neighbors in Union Square.

Learn more about Stephanie Hirsch's campaign for Alderman at Large at: www.stephanieforsomerville.com/

[personal profile] ron_newman
According to [livejournal.com profile] lancedavisward6, Garden Remedies will host a second public meeting on Wednesday Feb. 8th at 6:30 at Community Baptist Church to discuss the revised plans that they submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Garden Remedies is proposing to convert part of 245 Elm Street, the former Family Dollar, into a medical marijuana dispensary, while subleasing the remainder of the space to another unspecified tenant. More info in this earlier DSLJ post.

(I'm adding a "marijuana" tag to DSLJ, as I expect this to become a popular discussion topic.)
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
(EDIT 1-30-17: BOTH dispensary applications have been continued to the Februrary 15th ZBA meeting)

Update on medical marijuana dispensary proposals for Davis Square (one would be in the Family Dollar site, the other would be on the basement level of the bfresh building):
BOTH proposals are scheduled to be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 at City Hall (Aldermanic Chambers), though stay tuned because there’s a chance one or both will be continued to a later meeting date.  These are Public Hearings so anyone wishing to speak in favor of, or opposition to, either proposal (details below, with links to all plans) will have that opportunity.
Read more... )


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