Somerville Union Square Business Owners Get Final Nail In Their Coffins

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By William Tauro

Why is the mayor of Somerville and our Somerville City Councilors destroying businesses in Union Square by not allowing customers to park at local businesses?

Some of these Somerville restaurants that are fortunate enough to still be in business these days during this pandemic are now going to suffer even more.

Most of these restaurants are only allowed to do takeout, but now to have all their remaining parking spaces that haven’t already been foolishly converted into bike and bus lanes are now faced with social distancing friendly street sidewalks aka “Business Busters!”

These elected officials of ours are now trying to convince us that these sidewalks that are located on both sides of city streets around Union Square aren’t big enough for people to walk safely. So now their shoving these orange cones down our throats and to have more of our city streets and needed parking spaces taken away to accomplish this?

Now more roads are being shut down all over Somerville including Union Square to convert them into huge sidewalks killing more businesses around the city. Where is the Somerville Chamber of Commerce during all of this? Why is this administration being allowed a free pass to do this with nobody opposing these foolish new street patterns?

Somerville shopkeepers had a difficult enough time paying their rent during normal times before the Covid19 pandemic, but now this administration put the final nail in their coffins.

When is enough, enough?

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11 thoughts on “Somerville Union Square Business Owners Get Final Nail In Their Coffins”

  1. There is always a reason for their nimble minded moves. Today is opening day for the fruit cakes to go to the farmers market in Union Square.
    Davis Square will follow. I think we put a fence around the whole city before that let the normal people go.

  2. I know. It’s almost like there’s a pandemic and people don’t have the space needed on the sidewalk to distance. Does the city understand that your cars are more important?

  3. What a stupid move by the mayor and his clan business are hurting all over Somerville and they are not helping them at all let’s make more bike paths and bus lanes mayor do the people of Somerville a favor resign from office u keep hurting people and don’t think nothing about it

  4. This makes me sad. I visit neighborhood bakery regularly and pull up at Dr Menons office to bring my elderly grandmother for visits. Now what?

    1. A 15 minute parking zone at those locations for pick up or drop off and regular parking across the street after you drop off.

  5. I grew up in Somerville, now I stay away because of the parking restrictions. I feel bad for the small business owners. Come to Medford we would love to have you and we won’t drive you away with all those restrictions.
    G. Robbins

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