Greenway food-truck festival postponed due to Dewey Square occupation
A mobile food festival originally planned for this Saturday has been postponed until at least this spring, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy announced today:
The decision is based on the fact the attendees we're anticipating for the Greenway Mobile Food Fest, when combined with the Occupy Boston encampment on Dewey Square, would simply be too crowded to be considered safe for the public.
The conservancy says it was expecting 12 vendors, many of them in "large trucks." It emphasized Occupy Boston participants had not gotten in the way of the setting up and taking down of a farmers' market at the square, but that "the scale of Saturday's event is much, much bigger."
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Market cancellations as well
The farmer's market has had to cancel some special events as well - the Boston Public Market Association posted this announcement on their Facebook page yesterday:
"Due to the ongoing Occupy Boston protests at Dewey Square Plaza, it's with regret that we are canceling two upcoming events: Terry Walther's cookbook signing (scheduled 10/13) and our Pumpkin Festival (scheduled 10/18). The protests have been peaceful, but access to the market has been hard on our vendors -- so please be sure to come down to the market to support them -- some of the hardest working folks in the 99%!"
It is easy to protest when
It is easy to protest when you don't have a job. Do they want BofA to shut down and laid off thousands more works? Yeah, that'll really help.
Go back to East Cambridge!
Why, I'll take that as a gratuitous swipe!
Thanks for the thoughtful post. I'd point out that BofA is doing an excellent job laying off thousands of workers by itself, without the help of the protesters. Likewise State Street Bank. Because they're both suffering so badly during these hard times, you know?
let break both the behemoths up, and you know, create more jobs since they can't synergize as well.
Part of the reason for the collapse was they're too big to fail. Let's fix that and introduce real capitalistic competition by selling them off and allowing newer, smaller, healthier banks to flourish or die on their own dime in an actual market, and not that of the taxpayers!
So they're protesting big
So they're protesting big banks and corporations while preventing local businesses from succeeding? I think it's time that people start getting fed up with these unorganized whiny brats.
more spin than a hipster on a record player dropping acid
Local tourism/foot traffic is down at the moment because all the sports teams have bottomed out, and the tourist season is rapidly winding down too. That's why vendors are seeing less business.
Seriously, go look at the protest encampment. It's highly contained, and doesn't block access to any businesses.
"Too crowded to be safe for the public?" WTF? Ever seen July 4th?
You know why they cancelled the food truck festival? Because they didn't want people to come and see the protesters...not because of doofy "public safety" concerns.
When did Dewey Square become a tourist attraction? Maybe it is all a smokescreen, and never mind the Greenway's accommodations to Occupy Boston (well, up to Tuesday morning, at any rate). But try to come up with a better theory than the end of the tourism season.
Put down the pipe and smarten up...
You said, "Local tourism/foot traffic is down at the moment because all the sports teams have bottomed out"
I just hate it when the sports teams like the Boston Bruins 'bottom out' and win the Stanley Cup!
Your ignorance and lack of knowledge just confirmed my initial thoughts about Occupy Boston.
Straight from the Herald of
Straight from the Herald of all places:
So you have anymore ignorant shit to rant about?
Menino should make (foodtruck) lemonaid
Why not work with Conservancy and shut down Purchase Street across from Dewey and hold it there? I'm sure the protestors would love food!
There is a underground parking garage on purchase, but it's so close to the intersection of Congress that it could send parking traffic out that way, while closing it to thorough traffic. The ramp off and on 93 would remain open. Atlantic would have to stay open because of the ramps on that side.
Menino should kick their butts back to Belmont and Cambridge
and the other places these spoiled suburban brats come from. They are breaking the city and now they are disrupting commerce - time for them to grow up and go look for a job. You don't get a trophy just for hanging out in a tent on the Greenway - and while they are at it they should collect $1000 a head to pay for security and damage to the park.
The city is open for all
Regardless of where they reside, I welcome them to our city with open arms. On balance, Boston is a far better place for being open and attractive to visitors. It's also worth adding that you have no idea where the protestors live.
I'm not completely with them on the originating concept, but the more reactionary types like you get up and arms about their free exercise of Constitutionally guaranteed rights, the more convinced I am that I want them there. If nothing else, their presence in Dewey Square guarantees our Constitution.
...my right to be annoyed by smelly hipsters?
Maybe if these geniuses voted in the last 10 years, we wouldn't have had 2 terms of Bush. Oh, they were too young to vote, you say? Maybe they're too young to really know anything besides repeat someone posted on a webpage.
Big buisness bad!
Uhm...you realize how small businesses get their funding, right? Banks make investments...in stocks or funds...that go up and down based on...big business performance.
Hey you hipsters, did you know that MacBook/ ipod / iphone was produced using child labor and poor working conditions in another country? And the reason why apple makes so much profit is not just because they charge so much, but you are willing to PAY so much for it. The occupyboston movement is small compared to what will be the lines at the Apple store for the iPhone 4S!
If it weren't for people like me working, you wouldn't have a pot to piss in, a window to throw it out of, or a nice comfy place to protest.
Cranky coots are cranky
You people should really learn the difference between hipsters and hippies.
Hipsters are the ones wearing skinny jeans and drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon as they tear down the streets of Allston on their fixies.
Hippies are the ones with the patchouli oil.
Both, amazingly enough, can and do hold jobs. Basically, you just want the kids to get offa your lawn.
You also left out the yuppie definition.
Gramps always gets that wrong too.
And Don't forget Yippies.. which are Hippies turned Yuppies :) (or both.)
On the topic of corrections and definitions
the original yippies were actually something else.
These will always be the original yippies to me, damnit.
Would you be . . .
. . . interested in some Lawrence Welk VHS tapes? How about a signed autobiography of Angela Lansbury?
You don't need to tell me how the world works
and you have no right not to be in the presence of smelly ill clothed, loud mouths when out in public.
Not that such terms actually describe who is there, but you have no right not to be offended. If such a right existed, I can guarantee a vast majority of Americans would be locked up. We can often be an ugly bunch. Thankfully, that's our right, even perhaps, our obligation.
Old cliches have come back
I'm amazed at how cliches that right wingers used in the 60s like "dirty, smelly hippies" have come back for this so strongly. Someone in the Herald was even talkig about "handing out bars of soap". That was a big one in the 60s. I think the protesters are absolutely misguided and clueless, but I don't particularly think their hygene in general is all that questionable. I'm just really surprised about the return of the empty cliches. I thought that old World War II generation that perpetrated all that nonsense had all finally died off, but it seems to be the same people. They must be 100 years old by now.
I say ...
... we line up and shoot all the entitled idiots, so we won't have to hear their blathering and complaining about all those "stereotypical" people who in reality don't exist.
I work in Dewey Square and haven't seen any such "unwashed" and "unworthy" and "smelly" people as you describe. That's because such exist ONLY in your imagination, save for the few unkempt bums who are always around, occupation or no. Funny that.
Face it: you are an entitled bigot who feels entitled to ban people you don't like from exercising their rights in a public space. Go bite yourself.
I agree with you
To the extent they obey the law. Get a permit and vacate the grounds from 11 pm to 7 am when the park is closed. I read the papers and I think I am yet to hear from one of these punks who lives in Boston (although I have heard of several from Belmont and Cambridge).
Their presence in Dewey square guarantees two things:
a) a big OT bill for the police that could be better spent elsewhere
and b) the destruction of the grounds they are occupying
This isn't about the free exercise of rights or their "welcomeness" it's about people breaking the law and overstaying their welcome. This is like telling someone who just jumped all over your couch in their muddy shoes and stole the change out of your penny jar - "just come on back any time". These are not guests in our city. They are troublemakers and troublemakers are NOT WELCOME!
Come back when you want to grow up, get a job and obey the law so as not to inconvenience and impoverish the rest of the world. I have a lot of sympathy for a lot of people in this economy - but none to spare for these do nothing, naive, little punks. The occupistas can GO HOME to Mommy's basement and wallow in their own self pity. You don't improve the world by dragging everyone down to your level - you make the world a better place by lifting others up.
Lifting people up
That's probably what they think they are doing, Stevil. I agree the world is not so black and white, but I am not harmed by what they have to say, nor the manner in which they've decided to say it.
You sound like
a Teabagger that's sad / worried that OWS stole your thunder.
Kinda sad, since there's a lot of overlap. At least if we go back and listen to the first few weeks of teaparty grievances. since then their aims have waned to the typical GOP red herrings used to goat the base.
Here's hoping OWS doesn't make the same mistake from the left.
You don't improve the world
Like the attacks on teachers salaries.
The attacks on unions benefits
The attacks on public pensions
The coming fight on healthcare benefits and SS Retirement.
Yup. No one trying to drag others down there. They're just cushy freeloading socialists. If only they lifted themselves and others up.
Don't yawn too much - while you were sleeping the city eliminated 1000 positions - why? Even though the city's revenue growth substantially exceeded the rate of inflation, collective bargaining increased personnel costs at an even greater rate than the city's substantial revenue growth. Across Mass that translates to about 10,000 jobs at the muni level and probably several thousand more jobs at the state level. Maybe it's not the banks after all - maybe the unions are to blame for the lack of jobs?
As for the teachers - I believe my position has not been that they are overpaid - simply that Boston's are the highest paid in the state and thus certainly not underpaid (actually they've dropped a bit as an older contingent has retired and we've added more lower paid pre-school positions). However, comments re. unions and teachers holds - see Waiting for Superman for an independent explanation of why, especially Michelle Rhee's closing comment - it's not about the kids - it's about the adults. A friend of mine who worked for decades in BPS management told me his best teachers were the ones who wanted nothing to do with the union. The biggest problems came from the ones most tightly tied to the union.
I could go on but I have to go get my trophy from Sock Puppet.
Haven't you got a more credible support for your argument an ignorant hack job, gossip from unnamed people, and bureaucrats famous for fraud? Michelle Rhee is the Mike Barnicle of education. One big reason public education is so expensive is that grifters like her make such a bundle off the credulous.
You'll have to do better than that
Ignorant hack job - who's the hack - most of what is in here (at least as it pertains to Mass charters) is patently false. For example, Boston charters operate on about half to two-thirds the budget of BPS schools. AND they have to rent their own facilities.
Fraud - lots of accusations and no proof - and again at least in Mass most of the fraud I hear about in testing is in public schools, not charters. Sadly cheating has become an increasingly accepted part of society. Funny - everyone hates testing - but it's amazing how math and reading skills in this state went up when we made basic MCAS competency a condition of HS graduation.
Bundle - I question the high pay of school superintendents too - but that's about the same as what Dr. Johnson makes for a school system that is comparable in size probably with lots less poverty and urban problems than DC.
What the hell is wrong with
What the hell is wrong with you people that you can't understand we ARE looking for jobs, THERE JUST AREN'T ANY
you sure arn't going to find
you sure arn't going to find them in Dewey sq
Dear I just wanna know - getchyer jobs here!
You also might want to try ND where there's all kinds of jobs in the oil and gas biz and the businesses supporting them.
Also - there is a nationwide shortage of nurses and truck drivers depending on your ambition to get training.
And BPD applications are way down when they are hiring.
And then there's always the military. They are always looking for a few good men (and women).
Or you could become an electrician ($75 an hour around here), a plumber ($100 an hour) or an elevator repair technician ($160 an hour). Go to a home depot class and learn a little about painting and you can start your own business for the cost of an ad on Craig's list (can't tell you how hard it was to find someone to do a small wallpaper job recently and I'm still looking for someone who can repair ornamental plaster) - or buy and sell things on Ebay like my friend's daughter who is looking to parlay that into a career or biz in retail. If you have a copy of Quickbooks you might be able to find some people willing to hire you for bookkeeping jobs or even property management which doesn't take a rocket scientist or capital to get started. There has been a parade of young receptionists through my office the last couple of years who work for health benefits and low wages to get a little work experience and then went on to better things - including one who got hired by one of the companies she was serving here in the executive center. Networking pays dividends.
Spookyworld at Fenway is now hiring - not a long term job but it's better than sitting in the mud at Dewey Sq and you might make that all important connection if you impress someone enough.
Nobody's gonna come knock on your door or your tent and give you a job.
You forgot . .
. . . to mention China- there are jobs for them in China as well.
Oh that reminds me
And there are at least two openings at Fenway park. One requires a working knowledge of statistics and the arcane rules of baseball personnel moves and the other involves imposing a sense of discipline on over-indulged, over-entitled 20 and 30 somethings with a limited work ethic. If a leader successfully emerges at OB they should apply as manager of the Red Sox.
I'm none to sure an
I'm none to sure an over-indulged 20 something would n0be able to manage 25 of his own kind.
We should all chip in
And buy Stevil a trophy.
He seems to be upset about not getting one as a kid.
The Clover truck
seemed to be doing quite well when I saw it parked outside Occupy Boston with a line outside it at about 5:30 tonight.
Same at 2:30 when I walked
Same at 2:30 when I walked by.
Perhaps the organizers are just using Occupy Boston as an excuse to cancel the food truck event because of minimal interest by local businesses.
I was kinda . . .
. . . looking forward to it . . . ah well.