I just went to my studio at 438R Somerville and learned that someone put up a CL post saying all the Somernova planters in the alley were free, come and get them. Very, very, very sad. I ran into the guy who has the studio next to me. He says they were just about to have a meeting with Somervnova. Now he feels it will be hard to do the very thing I talked about above. Shesh. Anyway, I just want to write that despite my comments above I would never, ever, or condone, something like that. And if you're from Somernova, this behavior does not represent most of the people I know in our building. I'm ashamed for us.When I've lived/worked in buildings impacted by large events, its the responsibility of building management/owners to communicate it to tenants and stuff does get lost in the churn. If your talking specifically about this past weekend's closure, that was Somerville Open Studios, a city-wide event. Somernova is a sponsor of theirs and was hosting artists who didn't have spaces that could accommodate physical distancing in their own studios/spaces. I'd argue that the act of hosting the event is showing that they're interested in the artists and makers in the community.
As for Bow Market, did you know that the original plan was going to have the second floor rented out as small artist studios? Turns out retail interest was so strong that they ended up nixing the studio plans altogether: even the scrappy, weird, the stars must have aligned for this to happen, development followed the money.
Back to the hotel side of things: Enough people thought there was enough need for a hotel that they ponied up ~$60 million to finance the project. The first floor is going to have an independently run restaurant with a massive outdoor seating area (or at least that seems to be the hope). It's less beige and boxy as Cambrias can be, and it replaces an empty lot that played host to a racist, verbally abusive squatter who seemed determined to ruin my day whenever I walked by (which was daily). In my books, its a win, especially since it might have otherwise been a consolidated fire station.