Thursday, July 18, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City of Somerville website.

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Parklet takes shape

A City of Somerville rendering used to publicize a community meeting for a parklet planned for near Union Square.

Park site listening session, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The Public Space and Urban Forestry Division presents its preliminary plans to transform 217 Somerville Ave., a vacant lot of approximately 0.15 acres on Rossmore Street near Union Square, into a new pocket park. Staff is leading a community process to develop plans for the parklet. This on-site meeting will be followed by another session Tuesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Online community meetings will be held on Nov. 8 and 30.


Safer Broadway with bike lanes?

West Broadway reconstruction community meeting, 6 p.m. Monday. The city plans to reconstruct the street and sidewalks on the west end of Broadway between Clarendon Avenue and Alewife Brook Parkway. Connecting the city with Arlington and North Cambridge, West Broadway carries three well-used bus routes and is being eyed for protected bike lanes in one or both directions as part of the city’s Bicycle Network Plan. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Ward 7 councilor Judy Pineda Neufeld and Mobility Division staff host a virtual meeting to get input from the community about transportation safety and other improvements to be included in the redesign. The city will continue community engagement through the fall and present a conceptual design in summer. A survey about West Broadway is available in seven languages on the project website. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Meet the neighbors

Community meetings, 6 to 8 p.m. on multiple days. The semi-annual “City Hall Community Meetings” series continues with three gatherings this week. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, city councilors and administrative staff will update neighborhood residents on citywide initiatives, local projects and crime statistics, followed by questions from the public. The events start at 6 p.m. with refreshments and informal talk, followed by the presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Ward 3 meeting for residents of the Spring Hill and Union Square North neighborhoods takes place Monday in the Somerville High School Cafeteria, 81 Highland Ave. The Ward 2 meeting for the Lincoln Park, Perry Park and Union Square South neighborhoods takes place Wednesday in the Argenziano School Cafeteria, 290 Washington St. An all-ward meeting in Portuguese takes place Thursday in the East Somerville Community School Cafeteria, 50 Cross St., and will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube page and shared on the city’s Portuguese language Facebook page.


A safer Glen Street

Glen Street Neighborway walk, 6 p.m. Tuesday. The city is partnering with local community development organizations CultureHouse and Neighborways Design to create a “neighborway” on Glen Street, which runs from Broadway to Tufts Street in East Somerville. Glen Street has two schools on the street and two others close by. The street has been designated as a neighborway, defined as a pedestrian- and bike-friendly route that runs parallel to larger main streets and provides a “low-stress and high-comfort experience for people of all ages and abilities.” The street will be redesigned to reduce vehicle volume and speed, discouraging drivers from using the street as a cut-through. The redesign is intended to be done without digging or resurfacing – instead using planters, vertical plastic posts, paint markings, speed humps and similar strategies. A public walk to introduce the concepts and gather feedback from the community starts at the bike racks in front of the Capuano Early Childhood Center, 150 Glen St.


Council convenes

City Council, 7 p.m. Thursday. The council meets in City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.; televised and watchable by videoconferencing, and posted online after the meeting. The agenda was not posted at press time.