Placemaking

Recent Posts from the USMS Blog about this subject

Shared Roadway IS Possible for High Traffic Centers

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Back when Union Square developed Washington Street and Somerville very much blurred.  There were no distinct sidewalks or roadways, just a big open space where wagons, cars, trolleys and pedestrians are moved through, sharing that common space. In the intervening … Continue reading


City Meetings on Roadway Improvements

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From the City of Somerville: We are pleased to announce the next series of Somerville by Design: the Complete Streets series.  To achieve our SomerVision Comprehensive Plan goals, and to compliment the Green Line station area plans developed by the … Continue reading


Save 197 Washington Street: What Say You?

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Update: Somerville Patch Report on the Community Meeting held April 8, 2013 197 Washington Street determined to be “preferably preserved” by Somerville Historic Commission  SCC and Cathartes Private Investments to host Community Visioning Meeting February 23 Somerville Patch on community … Continue reading


Quincy Street Park Ribbon Cutting January 24

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The City of Somerville has renovated and is ready to open a new woodland open space on Quincy Street — that’s between Somerville Ave and Summer Street, just before School Street. Mayor Curtatone and Alderman Heuston invite you to join … Continue reading


Report Shows Non-Car Customers are Better for Small Businesses

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Small business owners worry that without lots of parking spaces available immediately outside their business their sales will drop.  As the City of Somerville this past summer repurposed curbside parking spaces for bike corrals, some business owners might have thought … Continue reading


Bikes on Sidewalks Subject of Advocates

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Our recent post on possible changes to pedestrian signalization in Somerville attracted the attention of Greg Hill.  He shared this video, shot here in Union Square and in Davis. It shows bikes on the sidewalks in these busy commercial districts … Continue reading