Union Square Somerville Infill and Small Developments

Blackbird

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We need a decent neighborhood name for this strip of development along Somerville Ave between Wilson Square and Union Square. Maybe, Central Somerville Ave., Wil-U district (Wilson-Union)?

That being said, this makes me recall so much the La Ronga baked goods. :\
Pull a Nubian Square and call the neighborhood "La Ronga"?
 

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We need a decent neighborhood name for this strip of development along Somerville Ave between Wilson Square and Union Square. Maybe, Central Somerville Ave., Wil-U district (Wilson-Union)?
How about Asylum? It sounds somehow like a T-stop name, and could pay homage to a soon-to-be-former denizen of the area, a la Lechmere.
 

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How about Asylum? It sounds somehow like a T-stop name, and could pay homage to a soon-to-be-former denizen of the area, a la Lechmere.
Not so sure about Asylum....I know those Boston folk seem to think Camb-ervillens are /different/. But, y'know, I don't think that'll fly with the T management.

But, Artisan Square doesn't sound half bad.
 

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That looks horrible. Would rather keep the old Thunder road building and have another music venue take it's place
 

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For reference this is the Thunder Road building that would be replaced. Note it's only the 1 story portion and the 2 stories to the right is a different building, retained in the render above.
 

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That looks horrible. Would rather keep the old Thunder road building and have another music venue take it's place
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Proposed replacement of old Thunder Road building at the edge of the Square. https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/...VE PLANNING BOARD SUBMISSION_1.29.21(3)_0.pdf
This would be, by my count, the fifth project on or around the stretch of Somerville Ave that begins and ends at either side of Bow Street.
What a crap rendering of decent materials. If it stays brick with copper, it'll be one of the nicer looking buildings on the block.

Not sure the purpose of the back patio- looks likely to become a trash storage area. With the amount of foot traffic of this stretch, this is a good spot for a setback frontage for better sidewalk seating.
 

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I could tell that was Khalsa, without clicking the link to the plans. That is the opening offer, and it will get reworked.
 

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The front part is so narrow it almost looks like a movie set.
 

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I kinda like them. It’s basically a visual marker that lets you know your not in Cambridge anymore… well that and the sharp decrease in tree cover.

Both things? Yes. Characteristics of Mogadishu.
 

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