There needs to be something done either by the city or by the owners of Market Basket to lessen the flow and the noise going into the lot on the weekends.  There is often a double line as there is today the 15th, of traffic.  One trying to turn in and the other trying to pass.  The bicycle lane is used as a turning lane.  Pedestrians are in danger trying to cross the entry point.  The number of drivers blocking the flow of the Avenue put us all in danger in regards to emergency vehicles.  The horn blowing is an obvious form of noise pollution.  I love the Basket, but something needs to be done before someone is hurt or killed by those rushing to find a space without consideration of those who are just trying to make it down the street.    
Joe Beckmann February 16, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Weekends, go on foot; for parking hit 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. on weekdays. Time it don't punish it.
AHM February 16, 2014 at 04:40 PM
It's tough having only one affordable supermarket in this city. Really needs a bigger place with more parking. A big one in Assembly would help take some of the pressure off this one.
Carol February 16, 2014 at 08:20 PM
Remember, its the "residents" who were outspoken against Walmart Grocery Store coming to Assembly. I am so tired of people telling us all what is good for this city and its residents. We need another discount grocery store in Somerville or nearby. Don't think there would have been such gridlock at Assembly. How nice, Circuit City is still vacant. Maybe Medford will reap the benefits of another large discount grocery store.
jo February 17, 2014 at 07:38 AM
who are the "people" telling you what is good for the city - Probably the ones who have lived here all of their lives and care about the city more than you !
Joe Beckmann February 17, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Walmart ain't Demoulas! Confusing price competition with workers in food stores on food stamps while they work below a minimum wage for a multibillionaire is worse than being confused in a parking lot. When it gets to crowded in the lot drive to the Chelsea store or live on frozen food forces a day.
Matt C February 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM
The cost difference between the MB and Shaws or S&S is huge. MB is a huge asset to this community providing great fresh food stuffs in our back yards. While yes the city can do something to help with parking and traffic lets not throw the baby out with the bath water. What we need in this city are more neighborhood shops. like Mckinnons in davis and modellos in MAgoun that provide easy access to staple foods at a reasonable price. Also lets not forget about the eyesore on winter hill that has been vacant over 5 years.
Carol February 17, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Jo, I am a lifelong resident of Somerville. And yes Matt, also the eyesore next to Home Depot where there should be a discount grocery store right now. Oh, that's right...you can not get there by foot.
Joe Beckmann February 18, 2014 at 09:52 AM
And then there's Walmart's contribution to New Jersey politics - might they do the same in Somerville? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/18/why-is-walmart-paying-chris-christie-s-pals.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_morning&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_morning&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet
Charlie Denison February 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM
It would be nice if the 87 bus ran more frequently. It's the only way to get to MB via transit and on weekends it only runs every 25 minutes, which isn't so convenient.
Tom O'Brien February 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM
What would you have be done to alleviate the traffic? Punish Demoulas for being successful? Perhaps someone could be watching for the people who are going to Union Square who regularly park in the lot. Also, when there is a festival in the square Demoulas lot provides permit-free parking for people who don't mind inconveniencing everyone else. I am much happier sitting in traffic there for affordable groceries and friendly staff than sitting in traffic because 12 roads have been shut down for another road race. I know that people living near the oh so wonderful dog parks are unhappy with noise and odors, but noone cares about that. I am worried that, based on the newest changes in the Union Square re-zoning project (re-zoning Somerville Ave. all the way to Dane St.), the city is angling to get rid of Demoulas.
jo February 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Demoulas is a necessity in this city as a lot of residents cannot afford nor want to pay the outrageous prices they charge at Star/Shaws/Stop and Shop...........I would sit in traffic anytime to save the kind of money I save there........and PS-- if you go early or late there is no traffic.....!
glenn eastman February 18, 2014 at 01:35 PM
most Somerville residents do all they can to avoid mb
glenn eastman February 18, 2014 at 01:36 PM
or to correct myself most long time Somerville residents
jo February 18, 2014 at 01:50 PM
glenn .you are so wrong. most long time somerville residents DO NOT avoid MB......its more affordable than any other store ... I guess you must be rich
jo February 18, 2014 at 01:51 PM
I guess the fact that I have been living here 53 years doesn't count as a "long time resident"??
AHM February 18, 2014 at 02:49 PM
There are a lot of people who avoid the Somerville MB but do shop at MB. I have met many people from Somerville when at the Burlington MB shopping. I cannot deal with the Somerville one. I also take my next door neighbor who can't stand the one in Somerville. It is more of a crowd and closed in thing plus the parking. I have been there a couple of times plus when it was the A&P.
Merle Silver February 18, 2014 at 03:31 PM
MJS Feb. 18 I'm a senior on a very fixed income. I live in E. Somerville. We need another affordable market at Assembly Square. How about a bigger, newer Market Basket? Something at the long closed Star Market on Broadway? Please leave Market Basket in Somerville for those of us who don't have cars. Somerville reigning powers are playing to UPSTAIRS! I see Somerville as largely working class. Ask me about building new condos before fixing potholed Broadway.
AHM February 18, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Another senior here from the area. The powers that be want the old Star to be multi use. So don't expect anything there we may want as it will be shot down before it gets started. Assembly is about the last place big enough for a full size MB or Wegmans. Expect a Whole Foods there. Don't expect anything most of us here in Somerville would want.
gayhsheldon February 18, 2014 at 06:43 PM
wow...alot of people commenting about the store...but it's the city that needs to address the flow and gridlock from the traffic. and a noise reduction by having a NO HONK zone....it's done in other cities. a MB at assembly row would be awesome!


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