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North End Public Safety Meeting Focuses on Loud Party Case [Video]

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Video: North End Public Safety Meeting on March 7, 2013 with Boston Police District A-1 at Nazzaro Center

Video Timeline and Subjects Covered:
0:00 – Introductions with Captain Thomas Lee, Sgt. Thomas Lema, Officer Teddy Boyle, Suffolk University Representative Richard Grealish and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz

4:00 – 28 Fleet Street loud party case and arrest of Suffolk University student on February 24, 2013 (see full report)

18:00 – Crime statistic review for North End / Waterfront area

19:50 – Gang related graffiti on Hanover St.

26:20 – Detailed reports assaults, breaking & entering incidents (Endicott St. & Cleveland Pl.), auto thefts & larcenies

28:50 – General discussion on quality of life problems including one resident blocked inside her home by illegal parking

42:00 – Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day and advertised Pub Crawls

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Resident says:

We have a couple apartments of Suffolk students in my building. Never heard a peep from them and they are always the first ones to shovel the side walk after it snows. I think the majority of the students living here are fine and there are just a few bad apples.

The “old North End” is never coming back. If you absolutely must have peace and quite, then move to the suburbs. This is a city.

lifelongresident says:

YOU move back to the suburbs where came from!!!

Resident says:

Look, I’m all for finding ways to get the minority of students living in the area who make a ton of noise to shut up. Arguing that things were somehow better under mob rule is kind of a joke, though. Quieter, maybe, but I don’t fancy paying protection.

Straight Shooter says:

Nobody ever paid anyone for protection, unless they

were doing something illegally.

Salem Street Resident says:

If the “North Enders” want to get rid of students, they’ll need to renovate their dilapidated rental units and charge higher rents. It’s a pretty simple process – higher rents = higher quality people.

Salem Street Resident says:

The fact is that nobody with a good job and decent salary wants to live in student housing buildings that haven’t been spruced up since 1990 (if not earlier).

Salem Street Resident says:

What about an ordinance requiring an on-site live-in building manager or superintendent for buildings with a certain % of rental occupants.

For example (and I am just throwing this out there), say you have a building that is over 75% rentals, and larger than 8 units, the building has to designate a super to live in the building and watch over the tenants/building. This surely would stifle loud obnoxious behavior pretty quickly, or induce a condominium conversion.

Condominium conversions are a goal we should push for – people who own their place are not going to treat the neighborhood like crap because they now have a vested interest in keeping things nice.

Salem Street Resident says:

Think of it like a college dorm resident adviser (RA)

Straight Shooter says:

G R E A T I D E A

notlifelongresident says:

Actually that violates federal law so its actually a DUMB IDEA. Just because there has a been a few doesn’t apples doesn’t give you the right to have a list of where student lives. I mean that is just absurd to think you have that right as it endanger’s all of those students. And before you begin your freak out on me in all caps you should know I am not a student. I just find it laughable and borderline offensive that you think a group of people should have to register as if they have committed a crime. I mean why not make all of the Italian americans in the northend register while we are at it.

Salem Street Resident says:

Are you a lawyer? Can you explain why the ordinance I’ve suggested violates federal law? I do not advocate registering college students, but we need tighter building owner oversight of buildings with almost all rental units. Is that illegal? I doubt it, but please enlighten us Perry Mason.

BL says:

For the guy referencing the old lady in a wheelchair getting harrassed, I believe that happened to a North End woman outside the neighborhood (it talked about being in a public housing parking lot…any of those in our ‘hood?).

truth says:

the complex on commercial street across from the golden goose is public housing – though it is restricted to senior citizens and perhaps all people with disabilities.

Corinne says:

I would just like to comment on the Ausonia Senior Housing (spelling) My Mother broke the ground when that was built. Times have changed, doors were open, now they need 4 locks on them. There are some Seniors there but most are Drugs, Alcohol, and break ins within the building. There are still some wonderful Seniors there. Mayor said it got cleaned up 5 years ago. Not true. As far as Casa Maria, there are now cameras in the parking lot as it was being used for a toilet, sex, drugs.

I guess I just had to make this comment. I agree, it is the absentee landlords (about the noise) just last night after midnight a neighbor told me there was a guy and girl screaming on Endicott St. I ask if she called police and she said no. If people are going to complain they should call. Well guess what? Spring is coming and it certainly is not going to get better because windows will be open, and we the people all of us!

Old North End people, New North End people, students, we should all march up to City Hall or the State House and protest to our elected officials. I say divided we fall united we stand! That is what we use to do to coin the phrase. Sick of hearing about the way it was and take the absentee landlords if you can find them. Oh yes I’m sure at the first of the Month!

Straight Shooter says:

Yes, the Casa Maria & the Michelangelo both have
Parking Lots.

MB says:

Wow. Even you have to admit that it’s a little crazy to advocate getting rid of a whole class of resident in the same comment as making mention of a neo-nazi.
Not all students are bad. Just as not all young professionals are bad and just as not all life-long North Enders are bad. There are plenty of bad elements in every group. It’s a little over the top and dangerous to make those kind of generalizations.

Straight Shooter says:

I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO VARIOUS STUDENTS FROM
SUFFOLK & EMERSON.

WE HAVE ALOT MORE STUDENTS THAN WHAT THEY
ARE TELLING US.

IF THEY CAN’T GIVE US THE ADDRESSES, THEN THEY
SHOULD AT LEAST LET US KNOW HOW MANY
STUDENTS ARE LIVING DOWN HERE.

BEACON HILL GOT RID OF MOST OF THEM AND WE
HAVE TO DO THE SAME, IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

WHO DO YOU THINK BOTHERED THE WOMAN IN
A WHEELCHAIR? THE INCIDENT I AM TALKING
ABOUT WAS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE REGIONAL
REVIEW & ALSO THE METRO

THE POLICE ARE TRYING TO SHOVE THE YOUNG
PROFESSIONALS
DOWN OUR THROATS, BUT WE NEED AN ACCOUNT
OF HOW MANY ACTUALLY LIVE DOWN HERE.

IF THE COLLEGE HAS A PROBLEM HOUSING THESE
STUDENTS, DON’T MAKE IT OURS.

THE ABSENTEE LANDLORDS WILL RENT TO ANYONE.

THE PROOF OF THIS STATEMENT, THEY RENTED TO
A NEO-NAZI, WHO WANTED TO BLOW UP THE
ZAKIM BRIDGE. THESE ABSENTEE LANDLORDS
DON’T CARE WHO THEY RENT TO AND WE SHOULD
NEVER HAVE TO BE PUNISHED FOR COLLEGES NOT
BEING ABLE TO SUPPLY HOUSING.

EMERSON & SUFFOLK SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT THE
FILENE’S BASEMENT PROPERTY & BUILD A SKY-
SCAPER TO HOUSE THESE STUDENTS.

THE ABSENTEE LANDLORDS ARE OUR BIGGEST
PROBLEM BECAUSE THEIR LOVE FOR MONEY FAR
SURPASSES THEIR LOVE FOR MANKIND. AND
QUALITY OF LIFE.

John Levensen says:

OK, say we are told that 4,500 students are living in the North End…how does that help?

Straight Shooter says:

It will make it very clear whether the problem is the
Young Professionals or the Students, and if it is the
Students let the Colleges deal with it, not us.

John Levensen says:

Not sure I understand how knowing how many residents are students makes a difference. I’d rather have a count of all of the people who make noise after midnight…which is equally as ridiculous.

notlifelongresident says:

So now all college kids are rapists and should register with the state….I mean really

truth says:

in my experience, “north enders” are just as bad as anyone in the neigborhood. on my street, the biggest a—- on the block is a “north ender”.

Life long North End Resident says:

Anna Bev is 100% right. We need to go back to the old days….These young kids (Not North Enders) are so disrespectful with their mouths, that they need a good backhander and then maybe they will think before the open their mouths the next time.

When I hear someone talking like that to my mother or grandmother or even my neighbor, I get so angry that I feel that Im the one who will get in trouble with the cops, but I tell my mother, if I whack the girl, then the cops will come for sure.

Why must it come to this????

John Levensen says:

You guys need to stop w/ the “old days” stuff. Guess what? The old days are gone and they are NEVER coming back. The quicker people realize that and just work towards a safer, cleaner and quieter neighborhood, the better.

The guy from Suffolk stated it was against federal law to list where students are in a neighborhood…whether they name names or not. That didn’t seem to stop the blather about that issue. One cannot listen when one’s mouth is moving.

lifelongresident says:

if you dont like to hear about the old days U should think about moving!!!

John Levensen says:

I love hearing about the good old days….but I don’t think saying the same thing about “the good old days” over and over and over again helps the situation. Because change has happened and it’s going to continue to happen. Students are moving in because the old time North Enders moved out…why do you think they moved out? Not because of the students…. if there’s anyone to blame, it’s the absentee landlords who acquired their buildings from…wait for it…Old Time North Enders….

Straight Shooter says:

We know the Old Days are not coming back, we get
it.

I am tired of people who are moving in the area telling
us that this is City Living and if we don’t like it to move
to the Burbs.

I have been in every Major City in & out of the country
and I have never been subjected to this kind of
behavior.

I feel there is good & bad in both Original No. Enders &
Students. The Quality of Life in the North End has
changed and like it or not, it has to do with Absentee
Landlords and the Students that reside in these
buildings. I frequent different areas of the City,
like the So. End, Beacon Hill, Back Bay and
Charlestown, and none of these areas of Boston,
which are considered City Living, are like the No.End.

There are plenty of Absentee Landlords & Occupied
Landlords that make it easy for the students to rent
because they are very rundown, deplorable apts.
The students find these apts. very affordable and this
plays a Big Factor as to why the North End is where
it is today.

The No. End always had families & Professionals
living here, but there was never the Disrespect &
Trash Problems we are dealing with now.

The Waterfront area is part of the City and they do not
tolerate this behavior. The students were thrown into
the No. End because Beacon Hill could not tolerate
them any longer and that is it in a Nut Shell.

Our streets have never been this filthy, even when the
No. End was considered a Slum, beer bottles, empty
beer cases and pizza boxes all over our streets.

The Students think that Fire Escapes are their personal
patios, and they not only disturb adults, but the children
of these adults are woken up out of their sleep.

We had Hockey Games, Baseket Ball Games, Gamgs
on Street Corners, Restaurants & Celebrities, but we
did NOT deal with this MADNESS.

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