Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How Would You Change Davis Square?

The City is working to improve the Davis Square streetscape and wants your ideas for upgrades that will provide safer, easier travel through the areawhether driving, walking, or cycling—as well as enhance the visual appeal of the square

With the support of Mayor Curtatone and Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) has already hosted two meetings this summer to gather ideas from residents for the improvements. During a project walk-about and a project charette (a sort of design brainstorming session), we got some great suggestions. Among the top priorities discussed so far are wider sidewalks, reconfigured traffic signals and crosswalks, and increased public amenities such as seating and landscaping. Upgrades and increases to public amenities such as landscaping and benches were also proposed and discussed.

More Meetings Coming Up
Two more meetings will be held this summer, and your input can help. At the first meeting on July 17th (6-7 p.m. in the Tufts Administration Building), we'll show the preliminary ideas for the improvements and gather additional public feedback. At a final meeting on August 7the (6-7 p.m.o at the Tufts Admin Building), more fully developed concepts based on input from the first three meetings will be presented by City staff and consultants. .

Or, Fill Out the Survey
If you can't make the meetings (and even if you can), you can also share your thoughts via the project survey. Tell us what you’d like to see in Davis Square via the survey posted here:  [PLEASE NOTE: Survey ended Tuesday, July 31.]

We look forward to seeing you and discussing the results at the upcoming meetings:

Davis Square Streetscape Meeting #3: Feedback Session
Tuesday, July 17, 6-7 p.m.
Tufts Administration Building atrium
169 Holland St.
(between Davis and Teele Squares)

Davis Square Streetscape Meeting #4: Initial Concept Presentation
Tuesday, August 7, 6-7 p.m.
Tufts Administration Building atrium
169 Holland St.

For info, please contact Transportation & Infrastructure: 617-625-6600 x2519.


  1. Car traffic might be reduced (opening up new possibilities for bikes and pedestrians) if there were clear ways for cars whose final destination is not Davis Square to avoid Davis Square altogether. Is there anyway to direct cars that just want to get through Davis Square toward side streets that will get them to their destination?

  2. Davis Sq is fun, hip but looking shabby and needs functional improvements.
    The new trash recepticals are wonderful, but need powerwashing to reduce the odor.
    Loose brick sidewalks are dangerous both from a walking perspective and from a potential projectile perspective.
    The traffic light in front of the Somerville Theater is not in sync with crossing traffic and pedestrians. It is both annoying and dangerous.
    Business mix is good, however, available storefronts should avoid the temptation of going the way of Harbard Sq which is virtually unremarkable.
    Use of the Davis Sq for civic events is wonderful.
    The park behind the T station is not well-linked to Davis and invisible to non-users of the bikepath and station.
    Based on the observed volume of pedestrian users over the past week, Davis should be bike and pedestrian friendly first and auto friendly second.

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