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27 September 2015 @ 04:19 pm
Hoping to go to the 2001 screening at Somerville Theater tonight. Does anybody know if the parking lot adjacent to the theater, next to the health center, is still available for parking? I haven't had to park anywhere in the Square in years. A friend wants to drive and we'll need to find something. Thanks.
05 August 2015 @ 09:48 pm
I just got back from my first trip to Outback Steakhouse in Somerville's Assembly Row.  Good food, standard "Outback" fare.  I really like it.  They apparently opened last Monday, so it's been just over a week that they've been open.  Parking is getting weird, the big lot outside of Sports Authority/ACMoore/Bed,Bath,Beyond is getting difficult to park in, as it fills up.  Expect it to, since they put meters on the sidewalk about 6 feet from the curb (!) so free parking in the large lot is likely to go poof as soon as more folks decide that it's easier to park for free and closer than to pay to park further from the restaurants.
12 June 2015 @ 09:06 am
I noticed in the last couple of days that Pat's Towing in Union Sq. has emptied their lot and put up a sign that they have moved. Where did they go? Nothing is updated on their web site that I can find.

It's information I hope I never have to use, but it's good to know where the tow lot is when they take your car.
31 March 2015 @ 02:45 pm
Quick reminder to Somerville residents -- street sweeping starts this week! (One of the first signs of Spring?) You can check out the exact schedule for your street and sign up for reminders on the city's web site.
Hello, this is Mayor Joe Curtatone with the message we’ve all been waiting for. The City’s longest snow emergency in history[*] is coming to an end as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, and I have important updates for you, so please read this full message.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, cars may park on both sides of the street unless otherwise posted. HOWEVER, to ensure emergency access, drivers must leave 12-feet of clearance between their car and the car parked opposite them or they may be ticketed and towed. Despite DPW’s massive snow removal effort to clear the even sides of nearly all of our streets, some streets remain narrow, especially for emergency vehicles to pass, and we will enforce the 12-foot regulation to ensure public safety. Crews will also be back for targeted snow removal on some streets, which will be posted in advance.

All cars must also be cleared of snow by 8 a.m. Friday or may be ticketed and towed. Additionally, all meters will go back into effect at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and residents parked in municipal parking lots will have until 10 a.m. to move their cars from the lots.

We may be ending the parking ban, but the broader cleanup from these historic storms is just getting underway. Crews are already out patching potholes and will be intensifying their efforts. Damages to signs, curbs, trash cans, meters and more will require repairs, and we will continue to clear catch basins. Finally, turf experts will be assessing when we can safely use our sports fields. In short, we have more work to do. Thank you all for your support during the winter we’ll never forget. Here’s looking forward to spring.

* Ed. note by RN - this one started at 10 am on February 8, in advance of the third big snowstorm, which means it will last a couple hours short of 31 days!
27 February 2015 @ 12:20 pm
Whether you agree or not, Somerville is not Boston, and the policy of Somerville is to disallow and remove so-called "space savers" in the street.  The city just tweeted a picture of all of the space savers they have collected so far: https://twitter.com/311Somerville/status/571307724165799937/photo/1

Also, be aware that many residents simply remove space savers from the street when they come across them, even though they are just passing by and not parking in the spot.

If someone takes "your" spot, be aware, that that person most likely did not move your space saver.  Be an adult and move on and find another spot.
19 February 2015 @ 09:13 pm
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with important information for persons parked in school or library lots.

While the parking ban remains in effect for most streets citywide, effective at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, all school parking lots and the Central Library lot will be CLOSED for snow removal through the weekend. All cars parked in school or library lots must be moved to on-street or municipal, non-school parking lot locations by 8 p.m. on Friday, or will be subject to ticketing and towing.

School lots that must be vacated by 8 p.m. Friday are:
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City crews are working to clear snow from streets surrounding school lots to accommodate additional parking and the ban will be lifted from those streets in the next 24 hours. Please refer to http://www.somervillema.gov/snow , or call 311 for a full list of streets where the parking ban has already been lifted.

Residents may return to lots after snow removal is complete. However, please note that school lots will NOT be available for emergency parking after Friday. Going forward, residents may only use school lots between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays, and at all hours on weekends. For a map of municipal parking lots, and a list of streets where the ban has been lifted, visit http://www.somervillema.gov .
18 February 2015 @ 02:47 pm
Parking Ban Updates, Snow Info Wed. 2/18
From the website:

"Last updated Wed., Feb. 18, 2:00 p.m.

Please note that a citywide parking ban remains meaning that all cars must park on the odd-numbered side of the street unless otherwise posted. HOWEVER parking is now permitted on both sides of the following streets ONLY (unless otherwise posted):

Elm St.
Highland Ave.
Holland St.
Morrison Ave.
School St. (Madison St. to Highland Ave.)
Willow Ave. (Summer St. to Broadway)

In all other locations, the parking ban remains in effect. As bans are lifted, on a rolling basis, we will send email and text message alerts to residents and businesses in those areas. As they are announced, streets will be listed here as well as on our social media feeds. Residents may also call 311 (617-666-3311) for a list of streets."

14 February 2015 @ 03:11 pm
What is Somerville etiquette about chairs set in a parking spot to save for the person who shoveled once in the intial storm and continues to hold the space for their individual use only?  Does the city have a policy about this or cars buried on the odd side that have never been shoveled or moved for the last month?  Do people honor the saved spots? Meanwhile, stay warm and safe as the next blizzard event begins!
08 February 2015 @ 07:27 am
Hi folks,

Does anyone know if it's all right for an out-of-town visitor, just here for the day (Sunday), to park in the parking lot behind the Henderson Carriage Building on Mass. Ave.? This building is the one with the Elephant Walk restaurant and is across a small street from the Hess gas station. The lot appears to be plowed and is generally pretty empty on Sundays. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!
I just got another robo-call from the city, saying that resident parking enforcement will resume tomorrow at noon. Be sure to clear enough snow so that your parking permit is visible.

Sidewalks also must be cleared by tomorrow at noon.
26 January 2015 @ 09:34 am
I'm disabled and can't shovel, so every storm is an issue for me. My landlord shovels the walkway, but I could use help shoveling my car after this week's (or any) blizzard. I have neighbors and friends who have been very helpful in the past, but several of them have moved farther away or need to be home with their kids, so I'm running out of people to impose upon. If you're looking to do a good deed and get a little exercise, please let me know!

If you can't help this week but might be able to after another storm (because this is Boston, so today's won't be our last of the winter!) please let me know.

I'm on Day St and yes, I'll provide a shovel. If you don't want to leave a comment here, you can email me at livinglifehappier at gmail dot com
07 January 2015 @ 08:39 am
Does anyone know of a short-term heated parking garage in the Davis-ish area? I've searched online and can't seem to find much information. I don't mind paying.

My last "full service, fill all fluids" oil change seems to have resulted in non-winter windshield washer fluid being put into my car (in early December, which is a bit silly). It's seemingly frozen solid, or at least the hose is frozen, so I hope that thawing it out will help so I can empty the tank and refill it with the proper winter solution. (Warming up my car and driving for over an hour didn't help!)

All I can think of is the Alewife garage, which is above ground and open-air, and the Cambridgeside Galleria, which has no information listed online about whether it is heated or not. I don't use parking garages near home often enough to know of other possibilities...
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16 December 2014 @ 08:21 pm
Tomorrow is street sweeping on the odd side of the street in my neighborhood, but I didn't get the street sweeping reminder e-mail today from Somerville that I always get at 4pm on the day before.  I looked back and they didn't send one last week either, with the last e-mail from them being on December 2.  Does anyone know what's going on?
04 December 2014 @ 04:28 pm
Just in case you park right under a Somerville street sweeping sign that says the season ends on Dec 1st, please be advised that you will still be slapped with a $50 ticket.   I left my car on the street last night (4th) directly next to a sign with a 12/1 date on it and got a ticket.  When I called parking, they said, "Oh yeah, this year it's December 31st, not the 1st."  Umm, okay, how about changing signs to reflect that??
Just a heads up so you don't go through the same aggravation.......
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I parked in the cutter ave lot today and got a parking ticket despite paying for what I though was for 3 hrs. Does anybody know to how to make that meter actually work? I can never tell if I've actually paid for a space.
Does anyone know why the City would ticket Somerville's own residents for expired inspection stickers? -- Two tickets 3 days apart? If I owned a driveway, they would not have done this... Can't they stick to the spirit of protecting our residential parking spots from outsiders? How about a warning instead, or a friendly reminder? And then a few days to get a sticker...

And why do they ticket cars after the street cleaner has already passed? I don't get any of those tickets for that reason, but it seems silly to not be able to park after the cleaner has clearly already passed... Is anyone else interested in getting some of these unfriendly policies changed? Also, why do we pay an extra Internet fee to pay tickets and update parking passes for a service which clearly must save the city time and money from waiting on us in person? How does the city award the contract to an Internet company which is making so much money for so little service?

Does anyone have a list of local politicians that support these policies and another list of who would rather see changes made?

Thanks so much!
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Celebrate the season at “Seize the Summer,” the July installment of the City’s SomerStreets festival, on Sunday, July 27 from noon to 4 p.m. between Walnut and Lowell Streets on Highland Ave. SomerStreets is the City of Somerville’s take on the internationally renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles, and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other modes of activity. Through SomerStreets, the City and its community partners aim to promote and encourage easy access to physical activity, fresh foods, and reconnecting with neighborhoods and businesses and their unique cultural elements in a thriving urban environment.

Activities along Highland Ave. will include:

· Pony rides at the Central Library (noon – 2 p.m);
· Explore emergency apparatus including a fire truck and an ambulance;
· Pickle Ball, Imagination Blocks, and other recreation activities;
· Family bike ride from City Hall (1 p.m.);
· Knucklebones inventive play areas;
· Food;
· Live entertainment on two stages;
· Craft Fair at the Armory, and more!

To ensure public safety at the event, the following road closures and parking bans will be in effect.

· Highland Avenue (Walnut Street to Cedar Street): Closed to all vehicular traffic 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; no parking 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

· City Hall Concourse and Central Library parking lots: No parking 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

· Madison Street and School Street (Madison Street to Medford Street) will become two way streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to allow access for abutters.

· Central Street will remain open, and will be converted to a two way between Highland Avenue and Summer Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· MBTA buses will be rerouted from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For locations of rerouted bus stops, vist MBTA.com.

Residents of Highland Avenue may call (857) 523-9017 in advance or on the day of the event and city volunteers will assist you in leaving/returning to your property safely during the event. All SomerStreets events will run from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
Current Location: Highland Avenue
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16 February 2014 @ 09:52 am

I just got slapped with a parking ticket for leaving my car in one spot for 48 hours. (I am a resident.) I guess it was obvious from the snow piled on top of it.

But this just sounds like a bad law. Why would you want to incentivize people to move their cars every 2 days? I am not blocking thing, I am in a legal parking spot, no one is hurt by me leaving my car where I park it all of the time. If they have problem with me leaving snow on my car, then the law should be, "Residents must clear snow from car within 48hours of snow storm."

14 December 2013 @ 06:49 pm
I heard that during the big snow storm last winter some of the Somerville emergency parking lots were requiring resident parking stickers to park. Can anyone speak to this? Is it official, or just a parking attendant abusing their authority? Which lots are most/least likely to do this?
14 December 2013 @ 06:35 pm
a cop just drove down the street with a loudspeaker saying to move cars off the even side of the street lest they be towed.

i had thought (and many years of watching the towing patterns seemed to bear this out) that even-side-only parking was only true for streets where odd-side parking was actually available.

anyone have an authoritative reference for this?
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter90/Section20A and https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter90/Section20A1~2 appear to be the two options a MA city has when instituting regulations by way of a traffic commission and parking clerk. They differ slightly. One allows mailing of tickets, establishes default fine amounts if a city passes none, and has a $25 ticket limit ($100 for bus stops), the other a $50 ticket limit ($100 for bus stops and fire hydrants). One has some extra requirements specific to Boston and Cambridge.

So, how is it that the Somerville Traffic Commission has multiple $100 and $200 fines on their books?

(EDIT: I've struck out the fines that comments below have found legal justification for)

Bus Stop $100 90 MGL 20A / 90 MGL 20A 1/2
Obstructing Posted Fire Lane $100 89 MGL 7A
Obstructing Handicap Ramp $200 40 MGL 22A
Within 10 ft. of Hydrant $100 90 MGL 20A 1/2 only, does not apply to cities that mail tickets to people
Handicapped Parking $200 40 MGL 22A
Declared Snow Emergency:
Tow Zone/Obstructing Snow Plow $100
Within 10 ft. of Hydrant/Designated Fire Lane $100 covered above
Within 20 ft. of an Intersection $100

(and this is assuming they never mail parking tickets to people, which would make the list of problematic ticket amounts much longer)

I expect that there are further statutes allowing some of these, specifically. I would not be surprised to find a state statute allowing exorbitant fines for handicapped parking violations. However, I can't find any of them. Help?
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20 September 2013 @ 03:39 pm
Sorry for going a mile afield. If there's a decent community forum/site for Medford (or south Medford) I would appreciate if someone could point me in that direction. I just moved from Teele Sq to about a mile north of Davis Sq in Medford.

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02 September 2013 @ 09:57 pm
An email from Brad Rawson of the city planning department:

Good afternoon,
We are pleased to publish a detailed schedule for the Davis Square design charrette event on September 9th, 10th, and 11th.

Monday, September 9th Location: 377 Summer Street (vacant storefront next to Rosebud Diner)

9am – 8pm - public Open Studios
11am – 12pm and 3pm – 8pm – public stakeholder sessions (see flyer for descriptions)

Tuesday, September 10th Location: 377 Summer Street

9am – 8pm - public Open Studios
9am – 10am, 11am-12pm and 3:30pm – 7:30pm – public stakeholder sessions (see flyer for descriptions)

Wednesday, September 11th Location: 255 Elm Street Street (Davis Square Theatre)

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Pin Up Presentation

Please see the flyer for details.  And please visit www.somervillebydesign.com, which has recently been reformatted.

From: Davisactiongroup.com

This past Saturday I was feeding a meter in Davis Square when a parking officer approached me and told me that because I have a resident sticker, I can park in any of the metered lots in Davis Square without paying, on any Saturday. I was surprised because I feel like I stay pretty well-informed about stuff like that, and hadn't heard anything of the sort.

I took a look on somervillema.gov and parksomerville.com and could not find anything to corroborate this. Nor have I seen anything about it on the city's social media accounts -- although admittedly it's easy to miss things on Twitter and Facebook. I tweeted this morning to the official city Twitter account asking whether this is true, and they replied that it is. I replied back asking why it isn't mentioned anywhere on either of the aforementioned websites, but haven't received a response to that yet. (Update: Got a rather tepid response from @SomervilleCity on Twitter, saying that they will "ask Traffic and Parking" to put this info on their website.)

In any case, since this was news to me, I figure it might be news to others also, so I'm passing it along. Caveat: I'm not entirely clear on which lots are covered by this. The parking officer indicated the Rite Aid lot, as that was nearest where we were at the time, but he also said "or any of the other metered lots" with a sweeping arm motion that I interpreted to mean the Davis Square area, but maybe it meant all metered parking lots throughout the city for all I know.
13 July 2013 @ 01:28 pm
Hi there folks! My apartment comes with an off-street parking place. Does anybody know about the legality, advisability, reasonable prices, etc. for renting it out? I don't use it and it would be handy to have the extra income. I would check with my landlord, first, but does anybody know anything about this? Have any experience with it? Anything you can tell me would be much appreciated.
01 July 2013 @ 10:06 pm
A friend of mine would really like to move to the Ball Square area, but he's got his heart set on finding an off-street parking spot. Does anyone know of anyone near Ball Square who might be interested in renting a driveway or garage spot, and about how much they would charge for the service per month?

If your bicycle is locked to a bike rack, street sign, or parking meter anywhere along the Memorial Day parade route, you must remove it by 9 am Sunday. Otherwise the city DPW will remove and impound it (presumably at the DPW yard on Franey Road).

The parade starts at 1 pm Sunday at Somerville High School, runs down Highland Avenue to Davis Square, then Holland Street to Teele Square, then west on Broadway to the Veterans' Cemetery next to the former Johnnie's Foodmaster.

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Somerville by Design -Davis Square

Somerville by Design, Davis Square will be a community driven project to explore issues important to the future development of the square. Issues such as a possible hotel, traffic and parking, redevelopment, and encouraging locally owned and independent businesses will be discussed.

Date*: May 21, 2013

Time: 6:30-8pm

Location: Community Baptist Church, College Ave

*This will be the first in a series of meeting dates

See Rebekah's website for more info:  http://www.rebekahgewirtz.org/

Does anyone know of a place to park around Fresh Pond without a Cambridge permit? I want to take a friend from out of town there but don't want to also be showing them Pat's towing... ;-)
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14 April 2013 @ 04:05 pm
Residents Asked to Take Online Survey to Help Shape Meeting Agenda

Ward 6: May 2, Greater Davis Square, SW Ball Square
6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, May 2, Somerville Community Baptist Church, 31 College
Meet-and-Greet with refreshments from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone invites residents to the Spring 2013
ResiStat Community Meetings, a twice-yearly effort to share the latest City news
and data directly with residents and gather their feedback.

Seven neighborhood meetings, one in each ward, will be held in the coming weeks.
Mayor Curtatone, ward and at-large aldermen, members of the Somerville
Police Department, and City staff will discuss issues important to residents and
take their questions. Topics will range from crime and safety reports, rodent
control, and neighborhood improvements such as road, park, and library projects
to a look at citywide initiatives including Green Line station area planning,
the city budgeting process, and a word from the Mayor on how the City is using
data and a systems approach to improve services and tackle new issues.
Refreshments will be served at a meet-and-greet before each meeting, where
residents can talk with City officials and their neighbors.

Residents are invited to help shape the meeting agendas by taking the Meeting
Survey to propose topics for discussion. The survey is online here:
http://somervilleresistat.blogspot.com/p/meetings.html, or take the survey by
phone by calling ResiStat Coordinator Denise Taylor at 617-625-6600 x2103.
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03 April 2013 @ 08:54 am
I learned the hard way that street cleaning has resumed in Somerville. I could have sworn I was on a mailing list that warns about street cleaning (the one that replaced bostonstreetsweeper). Did anyone else receive a warning email this week?
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12 March 2013 @ 10:14 am
Somerville Patch has a good summary of the proposals for a hotel in Davis Square (where the farmer's market is now) here: http://somerville.patch.com/articles/davis-square-hotel-what-developers-have-proposed.

Also, you can go to the City's website to see much of the submitted material here: http://www.somervillema.gov/departments/ospcd/economic-development/davis-square-hotel-project

Other information can be found at an independent website created by a neighbor: http://herberthotel.net/
22 February 2013 @ 02:07 pm
Now that we are in the brave new world of removing our old parking stickers, what are you guys doing to get rid of the residue that gets stuck on your windshield?
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21 February 2013 @ 03:05 am
I just got a new residential parking sticker and visitor passes, and they have a big "B" on them. Somerville isn't going to districted parking, is it?
17 February 2013 @ 06:52 pm
For those of you interested in the proposal by the city to solicit bids for a hotel in Davis Square, a neighbor has set up a web site that tries to collect information in one place. It is http://www.herberthotel.net

An extensive discussion took place in this group here: http://davis-square.livejournal.com/3091944.html

I believe an advisory committee - made up of some really good people - is supposed to meet this week to review proposals.

According to the RFP, the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen are supposed to make their decisions in February/March. But Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz said there will be a full community process and that a decision isn't likely until May! That seems reasonable.

The Davis Square Hotel Technical Advisory Committee had a first meeting Friday, 2/22.The committee agreed that it would be important to hear from residents about their top priorities with respect to the hotel development before recommending a developer to the Mayor and full Board of Aldermen.

The first community meeting is scheduled for:
TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013 at 6:00 -- 7:30 pm at the COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH on COLLEGE AVE.

Hi neighbors. Is there anyone living within walking distance of 7 Bay State who could share/rent us off-street parking in their driveway until late Sunday or early morning Monday at the latest?

Long story short-- we were stranded in Quincy last night with no power or heat. Made it back to the S'ville house this afternoon with cat in tow but now can't park anywhere. Jay will have to take the car back to Quincy and stay in the no-heat if we can't find something. One compact car, Davis/Ball/Powderhouse, even Teale if it comes to that. Name your price. We are lowly university grunts, but we'll be grateful for a reasonable offer!

EDIT: We got a spot! Thank you everybody! We're safe. Whuff....who needs a drink? (*raises hand*)
07 February 2013 @ 09:51 pm
This might be silly but what is "odd numbered side of the street"?

Just trying to get my roommates car to a safe space before the snow goes down...

[crossposted from my personal journal. Upper comment link is accessible to all. Lower link is accessible only to those reading here.]

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Last night was the DOT hearing for the Beacon Street Reconstruction Project. I strongly prefer the alternate proposal but from a cyclists' and overall safety perspective rather than because of the parking. Pat Jehlen encouraged me to prepare some remarks not just because she is also primarily concerned with safety but also because she wants to blow a hole in the cyclists-vs-nimbys narrative.

I got there good and early and sat in a spot that would ensure I could speak at the beginning. We were asked to limit ourselves to 2-3 minutes and the first speaker rambled on about parking for 5 minutes, never really touching on any of the specific problems with the city's proposal. I went next and also took 5 minutes to give all of my remarks, knowing that I was going over but also knowing that there had not been an admonishment to the speakers on time and also that such an admonishment coming after my speech would help the points I was making rather than hurting them (other cogent speakers who went over time were cheered for doing so). Speaking before any of the other cyclists seemed to take the wind out of a lot of "cycle tracks are good so this cycle track is good" speeches, and generally I feel like I set the tone by focusing on safety. I hope it works.

I had to leave after about an hour of comment and there was still quite a line, though some people had had time to get through it twice. As I was leaving several people asked me for copies of the speech, for more information (I had some studies with me), or for my email address. I also made sure that the project folks and the reporter from the Somerville Journal had copies of my remarks. You all should have them too, so here they are.Collapse )