Somerville’s Davis in Distress

By Jack Connolly

Whether you’re new to Davis Square or a lifetime long-timer, it is obvious something is not right; On-street parking on Elm St. gone, restaurant tables and chairs in the street, Dunkin’ Donuts closed, empty storefronts on Elm St., the Somerville Theatre closed, most due to the scourge of the COVID-19 virus.
More obvious to most is the presence of a rude, loud obnoxious, non-mask wearing crew who have taken up residence and established a 24 hour base of operations opposite the Davis Sq. Redline entrance outside of the 7-11 (formerly Tedeschi’s and originally the Store 24).
If you around Davis Sq. at all, you are likely nodding your head now, and know that most of the encamped folks have ‘issues’ such as alcohol and drug abuse, mental health problems, many are homeless, some sleeping on the edge of the walkway From Holland St. T stop entrance between Somerville Theater and Seven Hills Park; Some Davis area residents refer to the crew as the triple D’s, aka the Davis Drunks, & Druggies..

Coping with COVID has been a struggle for our Davis Sq. businesses, and the worry of restaurants keeping open with outside dining And limited takeout as cold weather approaches Is their primary concern ;Having customers harassed and heckled approaching or leaving shops on the plaza and throughout the Square is not what they, or what Davis Sq. needs now, or ever.

Where are the cops?
Not wanted there apparently; The Somerville Police budget was cut dramatically by Somerville city councilors, many who prefer to have a City of Somerville health or human service staffer deal with these miscreants, rather than a uniformed police officer who possess weapons.

How well do you think that is working out?

Seems to me that the familiar and effective ‘Somerville Police’s prior ‘park, walk, and talk’ and bike patrol programs have been suspended for the time being; What to do?

Call/text, email, tweet, or post to Somerville Mayor and City Councilors, especially Ward Six Councilor Lance Davis and the Somerville Councilors at Large (see official contact info below)

MAYOR Joseph A. Curtatone 130 Ten Hills Road, 02145 (617) 776-5159 MAYOR@SOMERVILLEMA.GOV

CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE: Wilfred N. Mbah 65 Woods Avenue, 02144 (508) 718-8126 ALDERMANMBAH@GMAIL.COM AT LARGE: Mary Jo Rossetti, Vice President 80 Electric Avenue, 02144 (617) 623-0092 MJROSSETTI@SOMERVILLEMA.GOV AT LARGE: Kristen E. Strezo 333 Great River Road #361, 02l45 (617) 209-9915 STREZOATLARGE@GMAIL.COM AT LARGE: William A. White, Jr. 3 Elm Street #1, 02143 (617) 625-9110 COUNCILORWHITE@GMAIL.COM
WARD 1: Matthew McLaughlin, President 28 Mt. Vernon Street #2, 02145 (617) 999-0924 MATTFORWARD1@GMAIL.COM WARD 2: Jefferson Thomas (“J.T.”) Scott 269 Washington Street, 02143 (857) 615-1532 JTSCOTT@SOMERVILLEMA.GOV WARD 3: Ben Ewen-Campen 16 Aldersey Street, 02143 (617) 702-2613 BENFORWARD3@GMAIL.COM WARD 4: Jesse Clingan 33 Puritan Road, 02145 (617) 290-1904 ALDERMANCLINGAN@GMAIL.COM WARD 5: Mark Niedergang 29 Conwell Street, 02143 (617) 629-8033 MNIEDERGANG@SOMERVILLEMA.GOV WARD 6: Lance L. Davis 356 Highland Avenue, 02l44 (857) 261-1909 LANCEDAVISWARD6@GMAIL.COM WARD 7: Katjana Ballantyne 49 Russell Road, 02144 (857) 928-6852 KATJANA@KATJANA.ORG

Let your elected officials know that something needs to be done about this new encampment to assist Davis sq. area residents, businessowners, merchants, who are already bearing the burden of the Covid-19 restrictions, the infrastructure decay (see and the major reduction in foot traffic to Davis Square.

Tell them to help the Davis sq. homeless, enforce the noise and disturbing the peace ordinances, dissuade drinking beer and wine on public property, with whatever City services available: Might be a good idea to include the Somerville Police, who are on-duty 24/7.
I wonder how many health and human service staff are working night and weekends?

Tell your elected officials not to let the decades of work and the never-ending quest of elected officials, dozens of activists, local residents, citizens, and small business owners ( all who joined forces monthly as the Davis Sq. Task Force) and lobbied to plan, build, and open the Davis Redline T stop back in 1984, go to waste; Remember when Davis Sq. was known as ‘the Paris of the Nineties’ ?

Now is the time to get going, pull together, and do whatever necessary to prevent what may be known as the Davis Sq. Disaster.

Jack Connolly

Editors’ note: Jack Connolly is a native Somervillian, a Davis Sq. resident and insurance agent: He is also a former Somerville Ward Six and At Large Alderman ( known now as City Councilor).

12 thoughts on “Somerville’s Davis in Distress”

  1. Anonymous and A.Moore,

    Thank you for your comments. What is going on here is reminiscent of what occurred to San Francisco and up the west coast. The excessive rich hiding their stolen loot in offshore accounts will not stop until they own every piece of property in our city including that degenerate mayor and his friends. Some of us have known this for the last decade. But as evident, those who tried to sound the alarm were brutally punished and silenced while they acted in the best interest of our local community as true freedom fighters. They lost their 30 year stellar careers, went into financial free fall and some have left the state to start over. If you tangle with el Diablo prepare to get burned. Fampus words, “Anyone who goes after him, gets their life ruined”. Fear and intimidation are his only weapons. It’s hard dealing with an evil man who suffers from the worse case of narcissism. He’s also a sociopath. I’ve worked with people like this, some are his bag men and women. What does this sound like? It’s gang mentality which has infected our entire city.. Many in MA are moving to NH. They are done fighting this battle. The lunatic liberals are hell bent on stealing this city while destroying our community. I’ve watched all this up close and very personal. I can imagine the inner conflict of city employees must be difficult for some who still have a conscious. I went out in a ball of flames and left my mark not as a city employee but one thats in bed with this gang of thugs. There are those benefitting behind the scenes we will never know. He’s their bag man who sold out our city. Word has finally got out. Shoddy condos and shaddy players, countless lawsuits paid by our taxes, crumbling infrastructure to include broken sewer system, craters in our streets, so much decay. I believe all intentional to force more locals to sell. But when the rich find out what really goes on here, they flip and get the hell out of dodge. What they failed to realize is the rich don’t have to settle. They just move on to their next investment. We are different– we remain because we love our homes and have built a lifetime of relationships with our neighbors and close friends. Many who have left regret it later. But the stress can be unbearable and so can the fact we are now living in occupied territory. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

  2. Arthur,

    I would like to make another important point regarding how this city got into this mess and how gentrification perpetuated the greed and home and condo rapid flipping number of years ago. The elite liberals from the burbs rushed in to buy and flip properties so they could go back to the burbs to buy homes and raise families. The flipping was allowed every 3-6 months. One tenant said he had 7 landlords in 5 years, each time rent soared. One commenter on the rag, said gentrification is caused by the market. But it can be controlled. My comment disputing her statement was omitted. I posted days ago. Someone is reading here and reporting back. They must hate the traction this paper gets– Good! They are all about protecting the mayor and some of the college grads who’s parents make donations. That’s what will happen with the new high-school more useless jobs by more trolls. Other towns controlled gentrification from taking over their towns, not ours. Its been the biggest SELL OUT of its time due to unbridled GREED and self promotional political ambition by this unstable mayor. I hope the US Attorneys office continues its probe.

    By the way, the rag which is controlled by city hall, and butt kissing business owners who spew hatred in the same article towards Jack and locals who state the truth, many working hard to maintain their homes, rentals,, and businesses — same rag stalls, doesn’t post alternative views because it’s now dominated by the mentally challenged liberal cult.

    It was controlled years ago and former editor by orders from mayor and his trolls. Many of the new businesses trying to push out the long-time businesses owners have been using college grants and parents money. If it fails, oh well, just start up again, change it’s name, who cares its only taxpayer money wasted.

    I’m hearing there are many new vacant apartments and condos still sitting on the market. The word is out. No one wants to move here to a fema camp where you have no rights and freedom of speech. Instead, you are forced to pay the never ending increases only if you go along with their extremist liberal agenda. Increased taxes, water and sewer (when system is over capacity from over building), excessive ticketing for BS while their friends don’t pay for anything. It’s definitely reminiscent of what my family endured in WWII Mussolini Hiltler. What they did to Magoun Sq., is disgusting. Not surprising many have moved out to live in towns that have zero tolerate for this lunatic liberal mob. There was no reason our city extended the closing while other towns opened.. Testing positive for covid does not equal near death. Millions have proven this fact. In my opinion, it’s being used to fleece the working class behind the scenes even more. Plus, they can work from home but I suspect many are taking long vacations in their other homes. They are not held accountable to any higher standards. The mayor thinks he has a shot at higher office. He will be surprised at all those skeletons rattling in the closet. Never will happen. He’s made far too many enemies that will never forget.

  3. We have a little over a year left to put up with this. This is the last term for the mayor. So possibly he will be better off this time not running. I am sure he will have some rewarding job waiting for him. I know it’s early yet but so far I know two council members will be out. I am hoping once people know about those more will step up. This paper will at least let you state your opinion. The other one you may sneak one in now and then. I have seen much in the very many years here and this is the worst. Right now what we need is more people running for council seats. 2021 it has to end.

  4. Arthur,

    His last 2 challengers for the mayoral race were no match for what ailes this city. Both unknowns. In terms of politics, Here it is controlled on the inside. I’m guessing one of the councilors might run in order to maintain this evil empire. The statehouse doesn’t want him from what I heard by a reliable source. Many local politicians in other towns especially suburbia will not accept the liberal fascist cult or the mayor’s brutal dictator tactics and, “its all about me and mine, screw everyone else, I ruin their life if they expose who i really am”. Unfortunately, for us, we live too close to surrounding colleges who are brainwashed by extreme liberal professors and groups within these institutions. They have showed up at city meetings disrespecting former politicians who made our city strong and productive. It wasn’t perfect, but never decadent and chaotic like this! Obviously, they flock here because they get to paint on city streets, drink in bars in Davis Sq., until dawn, disrupt our way of life and demand rent control , transfer tax, festivals, we pay for and it’s how the mayor lures them in. By the way. Many of their parents are also investing in condos and making donations to the mayor. It’s a win win all around except for the working class residents who pay all the bills. The only explanation is they were raised by nannies or wolves, spoiled, left alone, absentee parent households, desperately seeking attention and boundaries no one provided and love. Could you actually imagine a statehouse filled with these degenerates? Don’t forget all the jobs for favors, disastrous. Money can’t by everything, and respect is at the top of that list. Look at NY and who runs it. San Francisco, CA……need I say more?

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