I have lived in Medford, MA, for over 50 years. My Dad wanted to buy a home near Governors Avenue because he loved the area when driving me to Ms. Putnam’s Dance Class back in the 60’s!!
We cherish our area,neighbors, semblance, and fine accessible location – walking and driving. In early September, I noticed stencils along upper Governors Avenue…knew a plan had to come. The Engineering Dept was not sure if a wide parking lane was coming?? and we never received a return call from the Mayor or the Traffic Designer.
The Engineering Dept claimed a FEW people called saying there is too much speeding. We already have speed bumps, signs, and ALL know there is street parking…NO ROOM BUT 1 LANE since constructed. So,Medford again — Minority rules. I counted one day in 4 hours on a weekend – 24 cars went up the hill…not speeding. Like Vampires, the workers in the night and alas! we have a wide,, unnececessary parking lane. We now look like Broadway Somerville and Forest St—fine streets but they having heavy traffic. There is no special look now on this historic, sought road. I never received a meeting flier, neither did my neighbors. This not only spoils the feature of Governors but may have decreased the property value of appx 40 homes! Yes, we need a CHANGE …but not on Governors. We want most for our invested value and a “thank you” for our taxes;
we need someone who has Medford values in mind — NEW LEADERS! If you are fearful of walking or a carriage on a sidewalk — DO NOT WRECK more roads here, buy somewhere else or learn to cross a street.