What Do We Need in Woburn?

We love Woburn, but what do we need more of here?


One thing is for sure: Woburn residents love their city. But is there anything missing?

What do you wish we had here in Woburn that we don't? Maybe it's a Whole Foods supermarket or a Christmas Tree Shop.

More commercial properties? 

More recreation space? Maybe a park for passive recreation or new athletic fields.

More affordable housing? Whether it's 40B or elderly housing, maybe this is what you'd like to see more of in Woburn.

Tell us in the comments what you think is missing from our fine city. (You're not limited to these choices!)

BuckBites October 24, 2012 at 04:10 PM
A great Butcher shop!
Jennifer October 24, 2012 at 05:02 PM
1) a dog park 2) more independent retailers (please no more big box stores!) 3) A better parking system in the center of town - oh my goodness, please City of Woburn, fix the situation in the municipal lots downtown. I try to bring my business down there but between the commuter parking for the bus and the Peterson School, it is a horror show! But I digress.
Tracy October 24, 2012 at 05:15 PM
A renovated library!
Danielle October 24, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Dog Park!
Sheila R Toomey October 24, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Better Traffic solutions!
Susan Panniello October 24, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Off leash dog park
Keith MacKenzie October 24, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I'm from a big city (Vancouver), and have been here for a month as my wife works here. It's been great so far - love the parks, love the pond, the cemetery, etc., but what I really miss is a good old fashioned coffee shop where I can go and chat with others. Dunkin Donuts isn't quite that for me.... :)
Kelly Boudreau October 24, 2012 at 06:23 PM
The new library expansion and a dog park
William October 24, 2012 at 07:21 PM
What we need is less section 8 housing.
Duckguy October 24, 2012 at 08:48 PM
stop with the library talk, face the facts as hardly anyone between 10-60 years of age goes to the library anymore. I don't want to see us throw money away for something that 2% of the future population will ever visit. Now what I would do is convert the Clapp school to a smaller library that kids and seniors could use. Imagine sitting and reading while looking out windows facing the pond. Now, thats a library project I would support. I would like to see the bikepath happen. Go to any town that has a bike trail and it's always in use. The neighborhood near the path goes up in property value too. Nice to see. Having something that encourages exercise is heart heathly for everyone. Get people walking,biking and outdoors again. Improve the areas near the center. Look at Winn street near the center, across from Lannon is what I view as the most unattractive businesses in Woburn. A gas station that has been vacant for 10 years now and a repair shop with broken signs and a big "cash only' sign. C'mon, how does that stay open in it's condition?? Finally I'd like to see a Buffalo Wild wings or Newbridge cafe where the Logan express used to be (near SeaDog pub) as that place is another eyesore. I'd rather see those restaurants than Dave and Busters.
Yesto OurLibrary October 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM
The renovation and expansion of the current public library building is an absolute necessity. While the thought of renovating the Clapp School into a library may seem attractive, the negatives far outweigh the view. Some examples: the library is currently on the bus line allowing people from other parts of Woburn access, the Clapp School is not; the library is a destination that encourages "quick trips" which would result in an undesired increase in traffic in that neighborhood; building funds designated for the current building could not be used to renovate the Clapp School. What would be the result of abandoning our historic landmark building? Have you seen the Armory lately? Libraries adapt and change with the times keeping them relevant and necessary now and in the future.
Earnhardt October 25, 2012 at 01:52 AM
First, we need representation that actually walks around their wards and ASKS what we want, instead of catering to special interests or old buddies who want to build things like CVS. That being said, we need to preserve the open space that we have all over the city. The bike path is also great. Any recreation space is welcome, Skate parks maybe? Build on the farmer's market idea. It's a success! maybe eventually it can be open all year round.
laura October 25, 2012 at 06:06 AM
a dog park would be great!
charles October 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Lower taxes for change....
Monica October 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM
There is Boston King Coffee in the Four Corners area of Woburn and Marco's (in the center) serves an amazing espresso or cappuccino!! Boston King is more of a quiet, zen atmosphere where Marco's is a more animated old world feel - you must try both!
Monica October 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM
A dog park and bike trail would be WONDERFUL. I feel like Woburn is a pretty well rounded city that (tries) caters to everyone young and old. I've lived in many communities and the only thing that I could see as an improvement would be some more public recreation - Leland park is a disgrace with the trash and now that the poor man was run down while crossing the street it seems that we could use some more lighting or crosswalk postings (those middle of the road things) around the park crosswalks.
dgobs October 25, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Hear, hear!
G C October 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
How about some road markings indicating a "bike lane" like Somerville has. Doesn't have to be a completely dedicated lane but some recognition that bikes have rights on the road would be nice. Sometimes I feel like there is a target on my back cycling on 38.
Mike larry October 26, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Don't we have a whole foods supermarket in Woburn?
Paul A. Medeiros October 26, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Glad that you like the Farmers Market! The Farmers Market will be reopening at Woburn's Spence Farm property, 41 Wyman Street for the second winter season indoors on Sunday, November 18th from 10-2 running every other Sunday through May. Info can be found at: www.tinyurl.com/spencefarm or www.woburnfarmersmarket.com. We can also be found on facebook at: friends of spence farm Come on down to the farm!


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