- Jan 12, 2007
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Apparently, parking lots now qualify as "open space" according to these idiots.Why Give Away Our Parking Lots?
Additionally troubling is the apparent willingness or desire of the Community Development Department (CDD) to have our public parking lots included in private developers’ projects. Aside from listing these public properties as available for development, arguing that we can easily replace the lost spots with underground parking facilities, the CDD gives no importance to the resulting loss of open space, singular sky views or tree-lined vistas the lots now provide. Nor does the CDD give any mention or importance to the two panoramic murals we would lose that now give artistic vitality to our Central Square neighborhoods.
Indoor Farmer's Market in the hotel lobby seems to me like it'd work out reasonably well. Has that been proposed?The one legitimate concern I can see about (one of) the parking lots is that it serves as a Farmers' Market site on Mondays from May through November. We have a similar issue in Davis Square, where the city wants to sell a parking lot to a hotel developer, but hasn't explained what will happen to our Farmers' Market.
Apparently, parking lots now qualify as "open space" according to these idiots.
Anyone want to go there on Saturday to give them a piece of our mind?
No promises.At least one of you better go, dammit! I have work, can't make it. But if these NIMBYs are allowed to wallow in shit, I'll be disappointed.
Oh, I got the impression it was farther along than that. My bad.The hotel proposal in Davis Square isn't far enough along for that kind of discussion to even start yet. All that has happened so far is that the city of Somerville has designated the lot as 'surplus' and will seek bids from hotel developers.
I think vendors and customers prefer outdoor farmers' markets during good weather months.
Is there not enough open space somewhere else in and around Davis Square to host a Farmer's Market? It's not exactly Manhattan there.The one legitimate concern I can see about (one of) the parking lots is that it serves as a Farmers' Market site on Mondays from May through November. We have a similar issue in Davis Square, where the city wants to sell a parking lot to a hotel developer, but hasn't explained what will happen to our Farmers' Market.
Somerville is actually the densest area in Massachusetts, but I agree with your point. You could easily close a street on a weekend day and turn it into a farmer's market. Everyone rides a bike in Cambriville anyway.Tons of street space that can be used too. Once upon a time that used to be considerd part of the open space as well.
They manage to do these types of things in many other places. Cambridge and Somerville are just not that dense nor are they that bereft of open spaces.
Been too busy for foruming, so just going to stop by briefly and leave this here:
It is very much below-capacity when you look at reverse-direction trips. 5:00pm anywhere north of Park St.: outbound will be crushed while inbound still has 15-25% available seating. Morning is even more stark...outbounds will be virtually empty after Kendall while inbounds are sardine-can packed. The schedules are balanced 1:1 in each direction because that's the only way you can feed the car supply for the prevailing direction. That not only is a senseless waste of contraflow capacity, but it also hampers track capacity in the prevailing direction with no physical means to unbalance the inbound vs. outbound schedules with more trips in the prevailing direction. This is a problem. Red is by far the most unbalanced line for stops considered inside the urban core. You expect this effect on most of Blue and on Orange from Community College north because they're mostly outside the core, but not in the densest parts of Cambridge.Thanks for braving the NIMBYs. I was not feeling well and did not feel up to trekking to Cambridge for this.
The Red Line has the largest vehicles and loading gauge of all the rapid transit lines in the system. Yet it only barely outperforms the Green Line in weekday ridership, which means it is far below potential capacity, if the T were ever to try.
I wish I could say to them: "Complaining about the Red Line? How about we swap lines? Have the Green Line, I'll take the Red, please."