Insane wind and rain, and tons of trees down. Our neighbors had half a tree fall on their house, a street nearby is completely closed due to downed trees, and our garage is somewhat smushed.
This is a note to my mayor, my aldermen, my neighbors and my friends.
I have lived in Somerville for over 5 years, and I moved my studio here from Cambridge about two years ago. I love it here, and I am proud of my city. (It took a while for this die-hard Cantabridgian to come around to that idea, but Somerville is my home now and I love it.)
I am very concerned about the new parking regulations that are planned for August 1 – under these new rules, parking meters would run until 10pm in some parts of my town, and my clients would need resident stickers in order to park by my studio. (A major reason for choosing my studio building was the ease of non-permit parking.) These changes will hurt me both as an individual and also as a business owner.
I understand that the city is hurting for money and that it needs to come from somewhere. I know that these parking regulations might give the city the money it needs so it won’t raise my property taxes. But I think this is the wrong way to raise those funds. I think it discourages visitors, creates a more insular city, and makes us look greedy and unfriendly.
I don’t have any brilliant ideas for how else to raise the funds, but at a minimum I’d beg the city to reconsider the parking ban on Vernon street so that my clients can actually visit my studio. (And seriously, 10pm for parking meters? That is completely off the deep end crazy.)
Hi all – this post is just a quick reminder that I will be having open studios at my Somerville studio this weekend, Nov 8 and 9. The whole Vernon Street arts community is participating – over 50 (amazing) artists, along with live music, food, etc. It should be an amazing event. It’s 12-5 both Saturday and Sunday, my studio is on the second floor of #6 Vernon Street – please stop by if you have a chance, see some art, maybe find some holiday gifts
Hope to see you there!
I’ll mention this several more times before the event, but for those of you in metro boston, please come visit my studio on November 8 and 9 at Vernon Street Open Studios. My studio is in the 6 Vernon Street building and I’ll be there showing/selling/talking about my art
Somerville open studios is today and tomorrow. I’ll be there with my fine-art work both days 12-6. I would love to see you there!
My studio is at 6 Vernon Street (#57 on the map.) I’m on the second floor towards the back. There are about 50 other studios there worth seeing as well – it’s an amazing building!
Links of interest:
Somerville Open Studios
Vernon Street Studios (I haven’t gotten around to getting a listing there yet)
My fine-art website