6 VotesFix it! Voted!375 Green St Cambridge, MA 02139, USA - Riverside
CORRECTION: After further contemplation, I realize the root cause for my concern is really the conflicting perceptions of "right of way" at this intersection. I have seen drivers at the Green St stop sign proceed across the intersection even when there are cars gunning down Pleasant St (speeding from their impatience at the Mass Ave traffic light, no doubt). Adding a stop sign is just my best initial guess at resolving this conflict.
It's been 2 years since I've lived in this neighborhood, and I still worry there will be a serious accident as a direct or indirect result of this conflict.
Original Post >> I used to walk and drive through this intersection when I lived in Cambridge and would invariably witness a car stopped at the Green Street stop sign, see there were no cars at the immediate intersection and zip right through, narrowly missing a car coming down Pleasant at full speed because they DON'T have a stop sign.
Also, it's not immediately apparent when you stop for the stop sign on Green that 1) it's NOT a four-way stop, and 2) the cross street is NOT a two-way street. So you often see people stopped at Green looking both ways briefly, then continuing across the intersection. Only drivers familiar with this intersection (i.e., they have driven down Pleasant St before and remember that there is no stop sign there) will know better and take the time to look way down the street on the right for oncoming cars who are likely picking up speed from the previous intersection on Mass Ave.
Having also walked in the area, it would also help with pedestrians crossing Pleasant St if there was in fact a stop sign since there IS a crosswalk (but apparently most drivers can't be bothered to stop since, again, they were probably just at a really long traffic light from Mass Ave).