Survey Responses

How I would make Waltham even better

Atmosphere

More trees and parks in South Waltham

Moody Street needs coffee shops

Too many trees being hewn for business when we have so many available empty spots.

Too many junk stores on Moody Street

Improve business development (empty shops, encourage local business)

Pino Bros tattoo in Waltham!

Bring Pino Bros Ink tattoo shop to the city!

Cleanliness

Less trash - more barrels

More attention to maintenane of green spaces and sidewalks

Absentee landlords lack commitment to community: trimming of hedges, snow removal, facade beauty. It would be nice for them to be committed

Clean playgrounds

Playgrounds often need cleanup

Diversity

Celebrate diversity

Improve outreach to marginalized folks

Education

Improve the education of English language learners to close the achievement gap in Waltham

Government

Planning

Too much testosterone too little backbone on city council

Housing

Affordable housing

Temper the condo-ization

Recreation

Finish western greenway

Turn a few more lots (like the one across from Mimi's) into small parks.

Beautify Embassy Park

Opportunities for block parties/meet your neighbors, i.e., could we get a block closed on a Saturday afternoon?

Resources

Expand the Farmers Market - we need a winter market

Winter Farmers Market

Streets

Way too little T service off peak hours

Better signage

Not enough crosswalk enforcement on Moody Street

Bike friendly

What I like about Waltham

Atmosphere

It has a little of everything

Pretty much everything

Population: warm, friendly people

Waltham is an unsung hero of a town: It is quietly amazing - schools - incredible fine arts, and libraries and programs, land trust, steam punk festival, Prospect Hill Park, Charles River Museum of Industry, Farmers Market

"Quirky" "Quaint" "Quality

Love Moody Street and the Charles River

Love the Moody/Common area and all of the markets and festivals

Business

Lots of Mom and Pop businesses

Diverse shopping

Book stores

Restaurants

Independent businesses only on Moody Street

Moody Street restaurant row

Industry: Great center for electronics and associated fields

Lack of chains on Moody Street

Diversity

Variety and diversity of people and restaurants

Diversity

Combination of diversity and natural beauty - parks are great

Geography

Close to work

Proximity to Boston and its own unique identity - pride in its history

Great location: 15 miles from everything

Government

Mayor

Recreation

Great parks and trails (especially for an urban area)

Movie theaters

Parks (especially Prospect Hill Park)

Steampunk

Events on the Common

Activities: Much doing for the retired; good shopping outlets, good sporting and health activitites

Events on the Common

Love all the playgrounds

Resources

Farmers Market (4)

Waltham Public Library (2)

Streets

Walkable and bike friendly