PSNA July 15 Meeting, Thursday, 7-9pm

PSNA July 15 Meeting, Thursday, 7-9pm

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The Porter Square Neighbors Association meeting this month will be pretty informal (sort of fits the weather, doesn't it?)

First,

We plan to develop a survey of our members (both in person and online). The intent is to find out more about our members (anonymously), their demographics and interests. We would like your suggestions. Are there groups we are not reaching? Are there topics you want to see discussed? What should we tell folks about PSNA?

Check out (for our message): www.portersquare.net or at: facebook/PorterSquareNeighbors

How many of you used to come to in-person meetings? Want to come back in the fall? How many want to continue attending re zoom? Apparently, it is very challenging to have meetings incorporating both in-person and remote attendance, but we are willing to try. BTW, We miss seeing everyone, in person!

Then,

Susan Hunziker and I will give a brief summary of the meeting we had with the City Council "Neighborhood & Long Term Planning Committee" and our more recent meeting with the "Community Development Department". The City Council wants to know more about how the neighborhood groups operate and who we represent. CDD is revising it’s website so we are easier to find us if you have just moved to the neighborhood. You can check it out: https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/planud/neighborhoodorganizations CDD is also reaching out to tell us about some of the resources they can offer to neighborhood groups.

Finally,

At 8 pm, we will have an update on the "Working Group for Mass Ave for All of Us". As many of you will remember, in May we discussed the controversial Bicycle Safety Report from the Traffic Dept.

https://www.cambridgema.gov/streetsandtransportation/policiesordinancesa...

They can also tell you a little about the subsequent meeting in front of the City Council "Transportation Committee" where Joe Barr, head of Traffic and Transportation, was in attendance as well.

The report was roundly denounced by our Mass Ave small businesses, who are already reeling from the pandemic closures and the effects wrought by Amazon, etc. Guitar Stop was very effective in getting the word out to other business owners.

The report showed a worst case/straw man example of what would happen if the city put a protected bike lane the whole way along Mass Ave from the Common to the Arlington line. The effect would be to remove virtually all parking and loading zones on the Avenue!

Needless to say, this is an unacceptable solution to a very real problem-provisions for safe bicycling on Mass Ave. So, a group of us started a "Working Group on Mass Ave for All of Us" to conceptualize the Avenue we need for all of us-cars, buses, trucks, bikes, pedestrians, businesses, residents and visitors. We insist the City and the Traffic Dept must take all of us into account, and how we all use the Avenue in any redesign.

A couple of the working group members (Steven Beaucher of Ward Maps and Nathanael Fillmore of the Bicycle Safety Committee) will tell you a little of what the group is doing. The group doesn't have traffic engineers, but they do have ideas and city planning skills and, most of all, they know our community and the Avenue which is our main street.

Hope you can join us. The zoom invitation is above.

Ruth