In a letter to the Boston Globe, North End Chamber of Commerce (NECC) President, Joanne Prevost Anzalone, responded to the recent Globe article, “A Culture Clash in the North End,” republished here with the author’s permission.
The North End has a vital business community. We have been fortunate to ward off the fate of other business districts in the declining economy. Many of the noise problems the article described that face the North End are being caused by unruly tenants who are new to the area and must become accustomed to what we expect in terms of their behavior.
The Boston Police, in cooperation with the neighborhood and local colleges, have stepped up enforcement and will issue fines to tenants and landlords if nothing is done to stop the problem.
For the most part, the North End restaurants do not have bars or entertainment licenses. Patrons enjoy food and drink in sit-down restaurants. The hours of operation have been vetted by neighborhood groups and approved by the city licensing authorities.
Most of our restaurants close before 11 p.m. weekdays and 2 a.m. weekends. They are managed by owners who stay on the premises until closing and closely monitor patrons’ behavior.
We are one community. We have problems, as any mixed residential and business neighborhood would have. However, we have always been able to work together to solve them. Let’s form one committee composed of residents and business owners to make the North End a better place for all.
Joanne Prevost Anzalone, President
North End Chamber of Commerce