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Walkability of The City of Malden

Malden was recently ranked as the 74th most walkable city in Massachusetts. To that end, Mayor Christenson appointed long-time Malden resident Sharon Santillo to lead the charge on this issue.

Dear Malden Residents,

As you may know, Malden was recently ranked as the 74th most walkable city in Massachusetts.

Working together, I believe we can increase Malden’s walkability ranking. To that end I have appointed long-time Malden resident Sharon Santillo to lead the charge on this issue. I have also recently invited enthusiastic walkers in Malden to join the Committee to make recommendations to me about better signage and improvements to our crosswalks.

Since becoming Mayor, I have walked to City Hall many times and have seen firsthand that improvements must be made, particularly along the Route 60 corridor. My hope is that the Committee will submit their report and recommendations during the next few months so we that may consider potential cost implications as we continue to build our Capital Improvement Program.  I’m confident that Sharon and the Committee will help Malden to become more pedestrian friendly and will increase our city ranking!

Thank you and I look forward to our work together on this important issue!

Sincerely,

GARY CHRISTENSON
Mayor of Malden

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Joe Gray August 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Good morning. Suggestion: Ask residents to do more to clean in front of each of their homes and businesses. Working with what we have, it may be useful to encourage residents to take pride in our sidewalks. It's a little issue, that could have a big impact on walkability throughout the entire city, not just major corridors like route 60.
City of Malden August 25, 2012 at 02:58 PM
It is a great suggestion Joe and this will be passed along to the Mayor. I'm not sure if you are aware of this but many of the Ward Councillors run a "Clean Sweep" day where residents are encouraged to sweep sidewalk debris onto the street so it gets swept in a special street sweeping drive. Lastly, I would encourage you to talk to your Ward Councillor about your suggestion. Those types of initiatives work well at the neighborhood level. http://www.cityofmalden.org/City-Council/ if you need contact information for your Councillor.
Bruce August 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Can someone explain to me what exactly walkability means? I'm sure i've logged hundreds of miles walking in this city unencumbered over the last 20 years.
Meggle August 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Walkability usually means ease of pedestrian paths as well as proximity to local services. The more "walkable" an area is, the more of your daily errands can be done by walking to them instead of needing a car.
Rhonda August 27, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I visit my sister in Malden and the biggest problems are the people. The first people that are the problem are the ones who try to beg money from you and then yell at you if you don't have any to give. The second are the people who dont keep their bushes and trees trimmed back from the sidewalks and have trash in front of their homes. I feel as an outsider who visits frequently Malden has to handle the scary people who make you feel unsafe and the lazy who don't take care of their property.
Anonymous August 27, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Mr. Mayor, I invite you to walk down Cliff Street (Lebanon St. side) some afternoon if you want to see an example of poor walkability. The sidewalks are a disgrace. We're doing our best to keep our houses and yards looking neat on the street, but the sidewalk on the odd side of the street is a patchwork collection of cracks, holes, bumps, roots etc... My wife and young daughter have both taken bad falls in front of our house. When my 2 year old was still in her stroller we would be forced to walk out in the street to get around some sections. There are plenty of kids in the neighborhood today. We're considering selling our home and moving to a city that will put in at least a little bit of effort in return for the tax revenues that they collect.
Jen Pawlowski September 08, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Hello, is the city still accepting members for the Committee? I would like to join if possible. I think the city has enormous potential to be walkable everywhere and I would like to see residents staying in the city rather than moving out because they are not happy with these issues. One suggestion I have now based on a recent walk from Malden station up to Bell Rock Park via Main Street is to install pedestrian lights at major intersections like the corner of Main and Charles (on the Bossa Nova restaurant side), the corner of Main and Rte. 60 (on the Walgreens side) and the corner of Summer Street and Pleasant Street (on all sides). I am sure that many residents have already mentioned these spots, but I have not seen any changes in the last 5 years. Please let me know how I can help.

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