A discussion emerged on the Forum regarding the new signs placed on Jackson Avenue which abuts Copps Hill Terrace (Slide Park) between Charter and Commercial Streets. We went out and took these photos that pretty much tell the story, as described in the forum by Sallie:
“In the 30+ years I have lived in the North End this is the first time I have seen Jackson Ave. designated with a new sign stating it is a “private way” with no access to non residents. … Not very neighborly.”
Another commenter, masha, says,“Apparently one person on the Charter Street end of Jackson Terrace is responsible. It is ugly, illegal and unwanted. Any sledge hammers???”
“There are lots of private ways in the North End that non-resident pedestrians use all the time,” adds Joyce S. who also wonders if there is an easement for pedestrian access. “Mostly the private way designation means it is not a City of Boston owned street and the City won’t pick up trash or plow snow.”
Ed: Marking a private way can be helpful in some cases (i.e., Commercial Wharf West parking area
). However, this Jackson Ave. signage is excessive and confusing. A pedestrian would unknowingly assume the publicly accessible stairs to Copps Hill Terrace are also private. And to make matters worse, the signs are using public property (street poles and the sidewalk).