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You Say: How Should Somerville Improve Davis Square?

The city is hosting a series of meetings this summer to discuss streetscape improvements to Davis Square. What changes, if any, do you think should happen in Davis Square?

Somerville is looking to improve the streets and sidewalks of Davis Square, and the city is hosting a series of meetings this summer to seek the public's advice about it.

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Previously scheduled meetings included a site tour on June 21 and a design discussion on June 26. If you attended one of these meetings, we'd love to hear your report.

Upcoming Davis Square-planning events include a community meeting on July 17 and a public presentation on Aug. 7.

Some people have already commented on Somerville Patch about what they'd like to see in Davis Square:

Jonah Petri, for instance, had a few suggestions, which included prioritizing the within the square, improving traffic-light timing and keeping the traffic islands.

Scott wanted to get rid of the "super tacky" sculptures on the poles in , an idea Ron Newman disagreed with.

Others felt Davis Square is fine the way it is. "From where I sit, it seems Davis works pretty well," said Eric Fellinger.

"Somerville needs to save money and stop reconstructing everything," said Rea.

What do you think?

Does Davis Square need changing? If so, what changes does it need?

kevin thomas crowley July 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I HAVE POSTED COMMENTS PREVIOUSLY ON DAVIS SQUARE. MOST TO THE TUNE OF ITS IRRELEVANCE TO THE AVERAGE SOMERVILLE CITIZEN---" BARS, BISTROS, BANKS AND WALLET BUSTING RESTAURANTS ".NONETHELESS I THINK DAVIS SQUARE HAS FLOWERED INTO A GRAND PLACE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND IT IS GREAT TO SEE IT'S STREETS FLOWING WITH PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES OF THE DAY. BETTER THAN WATCHING ITS DEATH BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF THE REDLINE. I HATE TO EVEN SUGGEST IT (FOR AESTHETIC REASONS ) BUT THE SQUARE NEEDS A PARKING GARGE ON ITS OUTSKIRTS. THERE ARE SPACES THAT, IF ENLARGED BY EMINENT DOMAIN TAKINGS, COULD SERVE THE PURPOSE. I KNOW EVEN MENTIONING EMINENT DOMAIN MAKES THE IDEA A NEAR NON-STARTER, BUT JUST THINK OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COME THERE IF IT WERE NOT AN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE PLACE TO PARK. I HATE EVEN SUGGESING THIS IDEA, BUT THAT IS WHAT DAVIS NEEDS. AND IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME. ALSO, DON'T TURN IT INTO A CANYON BY ALLOWING MORE HIGH RISE BUILDINGS.
cp kostos July 05, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Elaborating on the parking garage issue. No need for eminent domain yet. Davis has some open space public parking already.....take this same space and add 2-3 story well designed and landscaped parking facilities and make them look like the surrounding architecture. It's being done in other communities. Looks great and in the long run will pay for themselves.
Paula Woolley July 05, 2012 at 04:48 PM
It's hard to ride bikes through Davis with kids when there's a long patch where we need to walk our bikes to avoid biking on the street in the center of the square. I'd love to see a safe bike route through the square. (Not sure how it could work.) With Farmer's Bounty leaving, I'd like another green grocer (standing in line at McKinnon's to buy lettuce isn't worth it). And I would love a used bookstore or other shop that would be a place to browse and hang out other than a cafe ... someplace where you don't have to eat or drink in order to pass time. That would make Davis more of a frequent destination for my family and me, as Porter Square has become, thanks to the bookstore, toy stores, Star, and Tags. (Maybe see if Stellabella would move to Davis? I wonder if they'd have more business without the competition.) Finally, the big traffic island w/ the 9/11 monument is necessary for pedestrians to cross the street, but it sure is ugly!
A July 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
The things that makes Davis Square so functional are 1) red line stop is right there, and 2) a big open public space. My biggest frustration is when I'm biking on the Community Path and Davis Square is not my destination... Davis Square interrupts the bike path and the choice appears to be either to walk my bike (biking not permitted on the path/sidewalks through Davis) through or risk life and limb riding through the major 6-way intersection. I'd like to see the path re-routed around Davis, perhaps using Winter Street and Buena Vista Rd with cross-walks further from the intersection that give right away to pedestrians/bicycles (no wait for crosswalk signal) or with dedicated cross-walk lights that are on demand with the press of a button. Even better would be a pedestrian/bike tunnel under the square to avoid street crossings, but that would be too expensive. I would not want to see a parking garage. This square is meant to be arrived at via red line, bus, bike, or foot, and cannot handle more cars clogging up the streets trying to get to a garage. Park at Alewife and take the T in.
Warren Dew July 09, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I agree that Davis Square is fine the way it is. If it's use or lose money, let's spend it on investments for the future like LCD street lights, not on reworking Davis Square into something that's possibly worse.
red bones patron July 10, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Make the square more inviting to customers. Parking meters past 6PM seem like a money grab. How do you expect paying customers to enjoy dinner, drinks and a movie if they're worrying about pumping a meter until 8PM? No the answer is not more automated meters that don't require cash. the answer is sane parking regulations that encourage people to come and spend time and money in the square.

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