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!
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.
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 .
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):
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."
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!
Sidewalks also must be cleared by tomorrow at noon.
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
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...
Just a heads up so you don't go through the same aggravation.......
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!
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;
· 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.
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."
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?
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)
Declared Snow Emergency:
Tow Zone/Obstructing Snow Plow $100
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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We are pleased to publish a detailed schedule for the Davis Square design charrette event on September 9th, 10th, and 11th.
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
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.
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 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
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/
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:
phone by calling ResiStat Coordinator Denise Taylor at 617-625-6600 x2103.
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Also, you can go to the City's website to see much of the submitted material here: http://www.somervillema.gov/departm
Other information can be found at an independent website created by a neighbor: http://herberthotel.net/
An extensive discussion took place in this group here: http://davis-square.livejournal.com/309
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.
PLEASE HELP GET THE WORD OUT TO YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.
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*)
Just trying to get my roommates car to a safe space before the snow goes down...
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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 )
When: Monday Feb. 4, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kennedy School, 5 Cherry St.
Purpose: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Beacon Street project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.
The proposed project consists of roadway reconstruction, curbing, ADA compliant sidewalks and ramps, drainage, traffic and pedestrian signals, crosswalks, street lighting, street trees, and roadway safety and operational improvements. Bicycle accommodations will be provided by use of designated bicycle lanes and bicycle tracks. Removal of on-street parking is proposed on the north side of Beacon Street from Oxford Street to Museum Street and from Park Street to Washington Street.
A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City of Somerville is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT's policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.
Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.
Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Thomas F. Broderick, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention.: Project Management Section, Project File No. 607209. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
As far as I can tell, the city has established no public process whatsoever to involve the neighborhood. They are holding a "pre-bidder's conference" on Tuesday, January 15 at 11 am at the northeast corner of the parking lot. They have not advertised the meeting at all to local residents, but it's open to the public. I urge any interested neighbors to show up and make clear that the city needs to include us in the land disposition process.
I found these two documents on the city web site:
Request for Proposals RFP #13-53: Davis Square Hotel Project
Legal Notice: RFP #13-53 = Davis Square Hotel Project
Also, here's an earlier City of Somerville page about a Davis Square Hotel, from when the city last tried to interest hotel developers in 2009. This page includes a Hotel Demand Study written in 2007.
[My own personal position: this could be good for Davis Square, but it needs to be designed sensitively, not tower over the rest of the neighborhood, and not present a blank wall to either Day or Herbert street. It's also essential to find a new nearby location for the farmers' market.]
ETA: An earlier discussion of this topic from February 2007.