The View From Prospect Hill – October 3

On October 3, 2012, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

We certainly take pride in the creativity and industrious nature of our fellow citizens and institutions. It’s basic human nature to want to take stock in what we value and celebrate these things with one another. But just how much celebrating is necessary on the whole, and at what cost?

There has been a bit of a debate heating up over the possible overdoing of some of the weekend festivals and community events that a) often tend to close off public thoroughfares, even whole sections of neighborhoods at times, preventing the normal flow of traffic to move through; and b) utilize city funds that might be used in other, better ways.

We seem to have something to celebrate each and every weekend, with multiple events sometimes taking place in public spaces, funded at least in part by public monies. Sure, things slow down a bit once winter hits and the streets are iced over. We are waiting for the advent of the first Slush and Ice Fest. Until then, we might consider just how much of a good time should be had and who should be footing the bill.

These events give the city character and show off our uniqueness in the way we do things, which is probably a good thing. Many of them generate a high volume of involvement by our local youth, which is also a very good thing. Still, we think it might be a smart thing if we took a dispassionate look at the big picture and ask ourselves when enough is enough. Set a certain limit to street closures and spending and stick to it.

Everybody loves a good party, but the party givers must respect the needs and concerns of all who are affected. Also, the costs involved should be regulated in a responsible way.

See you all at the Common Sense Fest, hopefully.


3 Responses to “The View From Prospect Hill – October 3”

  1. A Moore says:

    Certainly has gotten way out of hand. Maybe we can start calling this Canobie Lake Somerville.

  2. j. connelly says:

    Well “Jackie” from City Hall is inundating Somerville residents phones with the info that Davis Square will basically BE CLOSED THIS WEEKEND OCT 6 & 7th, Sat & Sun.

    This is due to the fact that the braintrust at City Hall is allowing events on 2 consecutive days in the square…It only enhances the mayor’s anti business stance!

    It is time for the Board of Aldermen to get some guts and address these street closings that are too numerous, cause traffic backups. [Last weekend the Police had to respond to Bonner Ave as a Postal truck nearly was hit by vehicles going to wrong way due to the traffic fiasco] and other areas in Union Square caused by the street closings.

    When ambulances or fire apparatus have to work there way around these areas it causes serious delays that can cause more harm to people and property. These events should be restricted to large areas like Foss Park. In addition the financial burden for Police, DPW, etc. cannot be afforded by the taxpayers in “these tight fiscal times”.

    I suggest to the readers to go to the city website and get the contact info for your elected officials and call them and let them know that these street closings have gone way overboard and need to be addressed.

  3. A Moore says:

    Not to mention my wife who works for seniors has to go around this too. She works per diem and only gets paid while she is at the clients house.. So she ends up working a longer day and having to lug stuff to her clients. Hopefully they won’t need an ambulance at that moment if she has to call for one. Which does happen. There is a real world out there.

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