In a (now-removed) blog post today, the Greenway Conservancy scolded North End residents because a few chairs are supposedly missing from the Greenway parks. Reminiscent of a 2nd grade teacher, the Conservancy chided that now “we all pay for the mistakes of a few.” Because of the alleged thievery, the chairs will be locked up at 9:00 pm. And if you want to have your morning coffee on the Greenway, don’t expect a seat because the chairs won’t be put out until 10:00 am. The post does not mention the other Greenway parks, apparently just “the few” in the North End.
Mysteriously, the above post has disappeared from the Conservancy’s blog and was conveniently replaced with a much nicer version, entitled “Greenway Furniture a Hit, Let’s Keep It That Way!”
I am sure it is 100% coincidence that these posts appeared one day after I published my own accounting of the chairs on the Greenway, “Taking Stock: Greenway Chairs & Signs.” I actually found very few chairs missing. Most were just thrown around in the fountains.
Bottom line: Instead of scolding the people they are supposed to be serving, the Greenway Conservancy should have installed fixed or weighted chairs that had a chance of staying put in a public park. Their solution of manually locking and unlocking a large number of chairs everyday not only limits a public amenity, but is labor-intensive and expensive.
And yes, you can leave comments below because you won’t be able to do that on the Conservancy’s blog.