Where did you park during super-storm Nemo?

Fill out this short survey to let us know where you parked during the recent blizzard!

Mark Chase wants to know... 

Somerville car-owners, where did you park during super-storm Nemo?

Beacon Street is controversial because of the heartburn over losing parking on one side of the street for a portion of the project. Nemo came to town, took half the parking throughout the City and left us with nothing but a lot of snow to shovel. If you own a car in Somerville, where did you park during super-storm Nemo? Answer this survey and we'll publish the results next week. This survey maxes out at 100 responses (free version of Survey Monkey). So if you’re blocked, leave a comment below and we’ll put up a new survey that works.

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SomGuy February 16, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I parked in my driveway. First thing I did when I bought my house was to install a driveway (two vehicle tandem).
Domenic Ruccio, Jr. February 16, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Why would you try to analyze the parking on upper Beacon by evaluating the entire City? Beacon is unlike most if not all other streets in Somerville in that it is sandwiched between Cambridge-only parking and the T tracks, where it is inadvisable to park. You cannot compare that to other streets in Somerville which do not suffer the same restrictions . So please, when you get your responses that you will then try to use to show that we on Beacon Street are being extreme in some way, remind yourself of how invalid your survey is. And like the City with its parking "study" rigged to show lots of excess parking on upper Beacon, please stop asking us to decide whom to believe, you or our lying eyes. And denigrating the concerns of people who live on Beacon and have invested life savings on Beacon - people who have a lot of skin in the game, far more than anyone else involved in this issue - by characterizing their legitimate concerns as "heartburn" is callous and disrespectful. We live out our lives here. Our concerns deserve some respect.
Darcie Clemente February 16, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Well... I think the real question is, "Where are you parking, now that the snow emergency has been lifted?" Most designated emergency lots are now unavailable and almost all odd side streets in the city are filled with larger-than-car-sized piles of packed, plowed-in snow. Of course people are putting objects in that precious space that took them hours to shovel. And, of course there is anger if someone else parks in "their" space. There is no "plowing to the curb" that I saw. Sorry to vent here.
Charlie Denison February 16, 2013 at 04:27 PM
This parking survey created by Mark Chase is intended to collect information about all of Somerville, although the Beacon Street project has had a lot of attention because of the parking questions. I apologize if you found the wording to be disrespectful. That was not the intention by any means. I fully understand that the needs and concerns of Beacon Street residents are very real, and that making the parking situation worse would indeed be a hardship for many. Emotions tend to run high when it comes to parking issues, and I think Mark's intentions, along with others, is to collect as much data as possible. While Beacon St is unique in some ways, there are unique situations all over the City. Some people live next to other commuter rail tracks. Others live on the edge of Medford or Cambridge or Boston. Curious minds want to know, though, what people do with the vehicles during snow emergencies (and during street cleaning for that matter). If we can live with less parking on some days, do we really need all that parking to begin with? Maybe we can. Maybe we can't. But we want to find out.
Tony delmonico February 16, 2013 at 05:08 PM
there was never any plowing to the curb. I shoveled for 8 hours over the course of the last week. what was most upsetting is that the city went to the trouble of sending a truck to throw away good people's chairs, but can't plow them parking spaces. *a government or institution that acts on what they can do as opposed to what they should do is corrupt.
Carla February 16, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I think I would have more faith in a parking study that wasn't being conducting by people with such an inherent bias towards getting it removed. Just sayin'
Domenic Ruccio, Jr. February 16, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Charlie, I certainly agree that data collection is critical to get . But reliable data. The problem is that much of the data collection for this plan has been dishonest, e.g., the parking study done by the City consultant group DCI, or conducted by amateurs without a thoughtful methodology and with an agenda, e.g., the BCU's stopping people randomly on Beacon St. to ask what mode of transportation they used to get to Beacon. I do not know much about conducting surveys from which important conclusions will be drawn, but I do know that it takes a complex and sophisticated methodology to get reliable results. I don't quite see how asking 100 people from all over Somerville where they park is really going to tell us much. And certainly isn't terribly relevant to the Beacon St. situation. I agree, parking situations should be taken on a case by case basis, as all streets and neighborhoods are idiosyncratic. Which is precisely why taking parking away from Beacon St. is unworkable while taking it away from another street might not be. The same applies to cycle tracks. Fine in some places, but very dangerous on a street with as many driveways and cross streets as Beacon. The real question in all this is why the Mayor is trying so desperately to fit the square peg that this plan is into the round hole that is Beacon Street??? For a cycle track that runs for the incredibly short distance of .4mile.
Elizabeth Rose February 16, 2013 at 07:55 PM
The Patch also did a 'survey' to rate somerville's snow removal score. The next day they reported how the city received an 'A' , as if there was no room for improvement (according to the residents) . C'mon.... really Patch?
LUllman February 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM
In general, the city of somerville and its contractors did a respectable job with plowing along and in the immediate vicinity of beacon street, under difficult circumstances. There were too many people on the street during and in the immediate aftermath of these storms; pedestrians, bikers, and other motorists clogged the streets while large vehicles with limited visibility were attempting to clear the snow away. HOWEVER, city and contractor snow removal units had an opportunity to get closer to both curbside and parking sides of the street during the snow emergency, and did not. These conditions were made worse by nitwits who tunneled the shortest and quickest path to their automobiles, leaving mountains of snow and even more narrow streets in their wake. Furthermore, the city has been slow to provide followup snow removal along beacon street. These unsafe conditions persist. Shame on the city of somerville for leaving these mazes of snow along beacon street for the sake of a photo opportunity for Design Consultants. They took their pictures on Friday, please can you clear the snow now...


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