Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov.

Christopher Columbus Statue Vandalized

“Graffiti on the Christopher Columbus statue”

The statue of Christopher Columbus has been vandalized with what appears to say “Genocide.”

The original 311 post can be found here. This case was submitted and opened on May 7th, 2018. It was then closed on May 7th, 2018, with the following message: “Closed with status: Case Resolved. We will be sending someone out to clean the statue.”

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“The Columbus statue has been defaced with red paint and obscenities.”

Another 311 post pertaining to the vandalism can be found here. This case was submitted and opened on May 7th, 2018. It was then closed on May 8th, 2018, with the following message: “Closed with status: Case Resolved. a company will be sent out to clean it. it’s marble so it needs special type cleaning.”

Commuter Upset About North Washington Street Parking

A 311 user submitted this photo of a bad traffic jam on North Washington Street in December of last year. 311 responded on May 3rd.

“This is why traffic is so bad in Boston. Look at this mess. Travel lane and bike lane both blocked at rush hour. Instead of building a bus lane or extra travel lane against the curb, we have parking on North Washington Street. Apparently you tried to remove parking before but a few vocal paisanos from the North End shot it down – as if it is their God-given right to park on the street like they live in West Roxbury or something. There have been several new garages built in the last 5 years (North station garage expansion, Beverly building, One Canal building, etc…) to accommodate the few spots that should be removed. Why inconvenience the masses at the expense of providing parking for only a few private vehicles? At least could you make it no parking from 7-10 AM? We need some forward thinking at BTD, not continuation of ‘the way things have always been done.'”

The original 311 post can be found here. This case was submitted and opened on December 6th, 2017. It was then closed on May 3rd, 2018, with the following message: “Closed with status: Case Noted. BTD has made timing adjustments to improve traffic flow through the area. This corridor will continue to be monitored and as future improvements are made. Issues with the bike lane being blocked will be referred to traffic enforcement.”

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Btd only believes in doing things they way have been done and enforcing the laws they feel like it.

    Maybe it’s time the city’s leadership stand up to Btd and have them do what’s right for the masses (residents) instead of what works for a few (BTD leadership).

  2. How many times are they going to let people mess with the Christopher Columbus statue before they put cameras down there!!! These menaces should be reprimanded!!

  3. Sal is right on the money! Somebody needs to be arrested for defacing this statue. It happens a few times a year. If you arrest these knuckleheads once it will deter others from doing it again. Disgusting!

    • Maybe adding spot lights on the monument from the arches might help. It would make lurking criminals easier to spot froma passing police car.

  4. “Apparently you tried to remove parking before but a few vocal paisanos from the North End shot it down – as if it is their God-given right to park on the street like they live in West Roxbury or something…..”

    I for one am very happy that the person who wrote this is stuck in traffic!

  5. We don’t need no bike lanes ok
    And no need for the ( paisanos ) bs too be added too that post I am also happy she is in traffic too 😉 i lived in the north end at one time and yes it was my right too park where I lived and where I wanted too just like u when u went home OK!!!!!

  6. I don’t think anything will help with Boston traffic. They should come back with a small version of the Police Traffic division. To keep traffic moving and keep the intersections clear. Plus the never ending construction everywhere.

    Regarding the monument , soon the summer will be here and the N.E. May face these large groups of kids, drinking, roving in large numbers. If they can’t keep that statue from being damage AGAIN, how hey going to contend with this issue.

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