This week’s docket raises more questions than it answers: for instance, does Amy Sangiolo know something about the future plans of the interim Election Secretary? Why do Lenny Gentile and Jay Harney want houses on garage-sized lots? What does “naturally affordable” mean in the realm of housing?

You may also wonder why I put “bike racks” in economic development/land use orange instead of environmental green. For an answer to that, I’d refer you to Sean’s excellent post last year. It’s about more customers, not about bicycling (and the funds are for corrals, not racks).

And why did I headline this traffic? Well, my neighbors in Waban are worried about the elimination of two of the four leaves of the clover-leaf, and the addition of signals at routes 128/9, so much so that the PS&T has booked the Chambers for its Wednesday discussion. Personally, I’d like to see pedestrians and bicyclists better protected than they are now (yes, some folks walk Rt. 9 across 128–I see them daily), and this plan helps with that, although it doesn’t change the narrow sidewalks along the off-on-ramps to the north of nine, nor does it change how the state plows cover them in snow, forcing people to walk next to speeding traffic. Will it still speed after the signals go in? I trust the state to get this one right–and I think we will still see speeding cars along Rt. 9 and the ramps.

The other traffic worry item is Riverside, which returns to Land Use for an extension of time on Tuesday.

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