DavisNow has begun working with the City of Somerville to undertake the repair and restoration of Davis Square.
In order to engage the larger Davis Square Community, DavisNow conducted its first Public Meeting on February 13, 2019 at the Dilboy Post.
The meeting was attended by over the 80 people, including several Somerville government and department representatives:
Ward 6 Councilor, Lance Davis
Councilors at Large, Bill White and Stephanie Hersch
Director of Planning, George Proakis
Engineering Department Engineers, Haleemah Qureshi and Brian Postlewaite
Director of Economic Development, Tom Galligani
All spoke of the city's commitment to making this happen, and to their enthusiasm for seeing so many people coming out to support this effort.
The purpose of the meeting was to highlight the negative impacts of the square's neglect over the past 35 years, and identify the concrete steps that DavisNow and the City have agreed to take to rectify its above ground public infrastructure. This will be a cooperative and collaborative effort to develop responsive solutions to the myriad deficiencies outlined in the Punch List.
A booklet version of the Feb 13, 2019 slide presentation can be found here:
And the original 2018 DavisNow.org Punch List is here:
(or under the Davis in Decline tab above)
We are community members who love the vibrancy, energy, and uniqueness of the square. We have come together because we are saddened by the neglect and deterioration, and will not wait 10 years for the City of Somerville to repair our Square.
DavisNow.org focuses on fixing problems now. It does not address the City’s long-term plans for Davis Square, such as increasing building heights, altering intersections, or completely replacing sidewalks. This is a much more modest scope and cost proposal. It’s just what’s needed to renew the elements we already have
Our organization is for everyone who is interested in the long term vitality and uniqueness of Davis Square. It's a forum for ideas, thoughts and concerns. It's a place for calm and judicious discussion supporting the repair and preservation of Davis Square.