Abandoned Posts - leftovers that clutter
At one time these 8 abandoned posts in Davis Square perhaps had a purpose. Now they stand as silent sentinels to what may have been, and simply add to unnecessary clutter. They should be removed.
Davis Square Intersection Signal Timing
The city recently initiated a series signal timing changes in the main Davis Square intersection. This has left several movements less than successful and some are putting pedestrians and drivers in greater, unacceptable risk:
- Dover Street (at Mr. Crepe) crosswalk "walk" coincident with east-bound Elm Street vehicles. In the same signal operation, oncoming cars turning left from Highland onto Dover Street sometimes try to beat the light they can't see, putting pedestrians at risk as they accelerate. Many pedestrians crossing here do not look, particularly for vehicles coming from so far away and approach at an accelerating pace. This timing is an another accident waiting to happen, in the exact location of a pedestrian fatality just two years ago.
- Day Street at Elm Street - the "don't walk" sign is illuminated for most of the 2 minute signal cycle, which is completely nonsensical. Pedestrians ignore the signal. Vehicles meanwhile are constrained by a no right turn on red sign, causing them to have to idle unnecessarily and having only a short green light to turn right on, while also having to observe the lit "walk" sign for pedestrians to cross in front of them across the Elm Street crosswalk. Because people are regularly ignoring the signalling here, it is another serious risk that has been created by the city where it did not exist before.
- The city should take immediate action to address these conditions
Litter Pickup and Maintenance
The MBTA-City Easement Agreements from 1984 and 1987 stipulate that city is responsible for maintenance around the subway entrances, as well as for parks and plazas above MBTA tunnels and station. DavisNow has brought this to the city's attention and is attempting to motivate the DPW to include these areas in their routine daily maintenance work. Despite calls to 311, the MBTA bike park and Seven Hills Park remain littered and unkempt.