Are Wellesley Square and Linden Square Moving in the Right Directions?

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In a June 14 “” article, we mentioned that , a 20-year fixture (pardon the pun) of Wellesley Square, would be moving to Linden Square.

Neena’s joined a long list of businesses that have vacated Wellesley Square over the course of the past two years. left last winter after 15 years, closed its doors last March, and shoe store walked away, just to name a few.

Meanwhile, Linden Square is thriving. With a brand new recently completed, and the announcement of a Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop to open in the area, it seems the only problem at this square is filled up parking lots and large crowds of consumers.

It’s safe to say that one square is doing better than the other...or is it? Wellesley Square is still home to local favorites cheese shop, and recently J.P. Licks.

Though recently, there's been an uptick at Wellesley Square as

Are the squares both moving in the right directions?

Erin June 14, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Parking and traffic. Wellesley Sq. is so congested, I avoid it at all costs!
Bret Silverberg June 15, 2011 at 01:31 AM
Gotta admit it's quaint though, right?
Tim June 16, 2011 at 01:57 AM
The best thing that can happen to Swellesley Sq. is a sports bar, the town is so boring, some kind of life has to pumped into it, if you want a beer with out buying a meal, you have to go to Natick, does that make any sense?
DB June 17, 2011 at 04:22 PM
The key to success for Linden Square AND Wellesley Square is to CONNECT them and make it the nucleus of the town. This can be done by building a pedestrian/bicycle underpass of Everett St (Street just west of Beacon Hill Athletic club that Jimmy's is on). It would come out in Town Park west of Town Hall, east of Post Office. It was originally planned in the 1940's but put on hold due to the war. Bring it back!!! Minimize vehicle traffic, encourage foot/bicycle traffic, connect the 2 squares --- a WIN WIN situation!
DB February 03, 2012 at 09:21 PM
We all hope that BOTH Wellesley Square and Linden Square thrive. I have heard many ideas to maximize each others success but have not heard any follow up. Those ideas included turning the electric substation lot at Linden/Weston into a parking lot for all Wellesley Square employees. That would free up to 30-50 spots for consumers. The other idea was to link Wellesley Square with Linden Square via a pedestrian/bicycle underpass between the Town Hall and post office. GREAT ideas but who can own them? DB
MJ February 03, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Linden street thrives while Wellesley Square goes begging because parking in Linden Square is FREE! Now that the rates have doubled, who has all those quarters lying around? If I were a Wellesley Sq. merchant, I'd want NO meters in the Sq. with a 1 or 2 hour parking limit. (Mark tires.) Often is the time I didn't go to Wasiks because I didn't have change. I love to support my Wellesley merchants!
karen February 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I thought when Whole Foods opened up it would ease the congestion at Linden , but no such luck . I'll go there after dinner and that's it , I hate parking there. I haven't shopped on Central in Wellesley for years due to the lack of parking. I don't even drive through there because of all the jay walkers and double parkers . I'm amazed at how some people block and stop traffic.


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