When is it all going to stop? Think of all the issues we have that need attention, and there are a chosen few that think CLOSING DOWN HANOVER STREET is the hottest??? Really?? Will that address any of problems that RESIDENTS have been asking to be addressed for years??
Cross-walks need to be re-painted, cars DO NOT STOP. We have children and elderly in the North End that walk these streets while cars continue not to STOP and race by without any consideration that they are in a residential area.
Traffic lights on Cross and Hanover Street: one sign says WALK and the light turns green at the same time. It has been reported time and time again. PLEASE do something about this corner! We have thousands of tourists that walk that area as well as the residents. It’s a serious safety issue for everyone.
Trash containers are constantly filled and the trash is everywhere. We never have enough trash containers for dog owners and we wonder why the dog trash bags are all over the area?
What about the paper cups, spoons, napkins and wrappers that are thrown on the streets? Do any of the shops have containers near their place of business to dispose of this trash? We have no control over our trash as it is, can the business owners at least take some responsibility? They are the ones benefitting, not the residents. But we have to live with the mess their businesses cause. If the city won’t step up, why can’t they?
Traffic and valet parking–cars doubled parked to let customers out blocking half of Hanover and other streets. The spaces in front of restaurants are supposed to be used for dropping customers off so they can pull off the street and not block traffic. They are not for valets to park vehicles in. This is the law. Why is it being not enforced? And where are these cars being parked? I hope not in residential spots if parking lots are filled.
Speaking of our streets, we also need more lighting or new lights on Prince Street and many other residential side streets.
These are problems that cause confusion, consternation and inconvenience at best, unsafe conditions for residents and visitors alike at worst. Why can’t the City of Boston work on these problems and at least alleviate them?
And how does closing down Hanover Street address any of these problems? Who benefits? NOT THE RESIDENTS, that’s for sure. Driving around here is difficult enough, with traffic and one-way streets everywhere, not to mention waiting for people to parallel park on narrow streets in tight spots. Closing down the main drag will only make matters worse. So who will benefit? The shop owners, the restaurant owners, and all the other the business people, that’s who. Who was the bright light bulb that came up with this idea?? Good bet it was not a resident!
Let’s walk down Hanover Street and look around and ask ourselves some questions. What responsibility does a shop owner take for their customers lined up outside the door and around the corner, taking up the whole sidewalk so you can’t get by? Does the owner of the shop decide to put one of his or her workers outside to form a line to the left or right of his or her pastry shop’s door and not crowd the sidewalk so that residents and tourists can get by? Some of the restaurant owners are not far behind with this situation–lines out the door! It’s not only on Hanover Street, it also happens on Prince Street and Salem Street. Good for business, but a pain in the you-know-what for the rest of us.
Closing down Hanover Street is not the solution. I also understand they want to widen the sidewalks like Newbury Street. Is there a reason? Of course there is, so restaurant owners can put out tables and chairs and have customers eat outside. What a great idea, just like Italy! I don’t know if Italy has rodents, but we do and plenty of them. So let’s make it easier for Mickey and his extended family. They don’t have to go inside anymore; they can be just as happy sitting under the table waiting for the food to drop. Please, let’s not make our rodent problem any worse than it already is!
I have lived here all my life. We never, ever had a rodent problem before the explosion of restaurants in our neighborhood. We have so many restaurants, they have taken over our streets. Again, closing Hanover Street is not for the residents. It is just another attack on our quality of life.
One-way Hanover Street? Impossible! More congestion, traffic, and horn-honking. And the side streets the North End will be overwhelmed with traffic. We can’t even get a police officer to direct traffic as it is, let alone decide one way or no way for Hanover Street.
I have heard this remark said more than once, “If you don’t like it here, move!” Many North End residents have lived here ALL their lives and they have no intention of moving. Why should they have to? Why can’t we work together to make the North End better? Not just for you, but for everyone, including the residents. THINK BEFORE YOU MAKE CHANGES!
I will say this, changes are made all the time without notifying the residents. Consideration and concern about quality of life should be ALL ABOUT THE RESIDENTS. Business owners and restaurant owners close up shop, get in their cars and go home. They have no idea about the noise, the parties, the fights, and people talking on the sidewalk until 3 am WHEN DOES IT STOP? Mayor Walsh, I hope you read this article and try to understand how we North End residents feel. You are the only one that can allow closing of Hanover Street. Please work with us so we can honestly say, “Thank you Mayor Walsh for being there for the North End residents.”
Working together is the best way to make this over-crowded situation work best for everyone. We can call for a meeting–all residents, business owners, restaurant owners, etc. Closing down Hanover street is not the right answer. The North End is a genuine and special place. It is not Newbury Street or New York City. It is a wonderful neighborhood with a character that only life-long North End residents can know, love and understand. We CAN find solutions to our problems that don’t compromise the beauty of what we have here—a real neighborhood, not just a business district. Can we talk?
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