Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,
I applaud you, Arthur, for taking the initiative on this. Nothing short of the complete restoration of Broadway to its former configuration will suffice. I’ve seen a few boo-boos made in the past by our municipal elected leaders, but this one wins the Gold Medal. It can and MUST be corrected. If it takes action at the ballot box to do so, well then I guess that’s what it’s going to take. I take my politicians one at a time and NO ONE is “entitled” to my vote. I pay my taxes, pay my bills, love my neighbors, old and new, and just generally do what I can to make Somerville a better place. I love it here and don’t have any plans to pull up stakes any time soon. Not to say I never will, but not now.
City life entails a lot of compromise and a certain amount of patience. I can handle the road closures such as Ball Square and Union Square due to the long-term public benefits they will endure, but to summarily remove 50% of a busy roadway and assign it to less than 5% of the vehicles that use it is just plain stupid in my opinion (and, apparently, in the opinion of many others).
Carry on. Somerville leads the way!