Naama Goldstein, who lives on Comm. Ave., writes her city councilor about the problems caused by the Monday Aerosmith concert - more specifically, the way the entire street was shut down without any coordination with Boston Public Schools to deal with kids who take buses to school:
Dear Councilor Ciommo:
As your Allston constituent, I am writing to request your advocacy on an issue that, to my disappointment, has garnered no response from City Hall or BPS, or other responsible parties.
You may or may not know that on the day of Aerosmith's publicity stunt in Allston, no plan was made by the City or BPS to provide for the children whose school buses stop along the streets blocked off for the concert. Please see my original attempt at communication on this issue, below.
We were fortunate that our 2nd grader's school-bus driver was resourceful and phoned us once he ran into the blockades, and we were able to coordinate a makeshift stop, race across city streets and get my son on his waiting bus. A little girl who waits for another school bus at our stop was not so lucky. Her mother was hung up on when she called the BPS Transportation dept. for help, was forced to get her daughter on a city bus, and was made late to work because of the City's neglectfulness.
This neglect may not seem like a big deal to Aerosmith or to the City of Boston, but it does to two very young children in Allston, and I am sure several more whom I don't know. They remain confused and saddened by the lesson learned on that day: that when the grownups want to play, children just don't matter to the City of Boston.
Councilor Ciommo, please help me to correct that impression.