Earlier this year, Somerville by Design kicked off two new resident-driven planning series in East Somerville and Davis Square. One of the first steps of the Somerville by Design process is asking residents about what is important to them about their neighborhood. Below are some of the answers we got from residents in East Somerville. (You can see the full report here.)
When it comes to shopping in East Somerville, what's important? According to our survey, residents want locally owned and/or independent businesses in the neighborhood and they still have room for a few more spots to eat.
Residents also want more places to get everyday goods - pharmacies, hardware stores, grocery stores - in East Somerville.
When asked about public space, residents said it was important to have places where people could gather and relax and places where kids could get out and play. Would the recent opening of Chuckie Harris Park have shifted answers on this question? Does the new park address these concerns or are more public spaces still needed?
Do you agree with the data we've collected or did we miss your point of view? There's still time to participate in Somerville by Design, including tonight at a 6:30 p.m. visioning session at the Capuano School. If you can't make it tonight, more events will be coming up in the fall. Stay tuned.