There’s nothing new under the sun. And in Boston and the North End, it’s parking.
Just as there’s neighborhood opposition today to plans for a glass tower above the Dock Square parking garage, a tower that would shutter views of Custom House Tower, there was neighborhood opposition in 1954 to allowing parking on the roof of the Brink’s Garage, on the corner of Commercial and Prince Streets.
At one neighborhood meeting, the owners generously said they’d give North Enders a big discount, only $5 a week. One gentleman shouted, “Five bucks a week? Hell, we slip Frankie-the-Cop five bucks at Christmas and he let’s us park anywhere.”
The Italian News ran the editorial piece below on January 15, 1954. Yes, it was up to the Mayor then, just as Dock Square and the cockamamie Ferris Wheel scheme and other infrastructure-boggling development today are up to the Mayor. As anyone who has looked at the Brink’s Garage roof in the past 64 years will know, it is clear who Mayor Hynes was with – it wasn’t North Enders. He allowed cars to park on the roof.