For anyone who has tried to drive or walk on Commercial St. /Atlantic Ave. recently, you’ll appreciate the fact that it’s become an obstacle course. Some misguided individuals have decided to place “bump-outs” every so often, narrow the roadway by removing a lane and create bike lanes. This has to be one of the most heavily trafficked streets in the City especially during the summer months when tourists abound.
Commercial St./Atlantic Ave. as well as North St., Richmond and Hanover St. sidewalks have wide, ugly swatches of black tar interspersed with a mis-mash of concrete, cobblestone, granite and brick. Now there is even a red stripe of paint on the tar at one point, mimicking the Freedom Trail brick path (which itself is in disgraceful condition!) This has created very unsafe, uneven surfaces that are increasingly difficult to navigate. In some places, it’s nearly impossible to cross the street. If nothing else, this seems to be a lawsuit waiting to happen. Are you listening, Mayor Walsh?
These conditions are unsightly in the very least and do nothing to show “pride of place” to the thousands of tourists from around the globe who come to visit Boston. Being next to our beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway, these unsightly, treacherous streets and sidewalks should be a source of pride for us all rather than one of embarrassment and peril.
It’s time for those of us who live in the North End to encourage the City to restore our streets and sidewalks to safe and even somewhat attractive conditions.
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