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Citizen complaint of the day: Lights out in my painting of a neighborhood

Lights out on a street that looks like a painting

A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint about the street lights on Bowen Street in South Boston being out, but, OK, we admit we posted this because it's a cool photo that looks more like a painting, and that's just not something you see very often in 311 complaints.

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Kinda seems like an empty movie set.

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What a beautiful street.

We should make more like that.

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If only the sidewalk on the left was wide enough for a wheelchair or stroller.

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Just go on the street if it’s too narrow.

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Cars are allowed, but cars are guests!

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No sidewalk needed if driving isn't allowed

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and use the other sidewalk. Or do what people have done in Boston's narrow streets for centuries and walk in them. That's what I did as a kid and still do if necessary today. See a car coming, move out of it's way. People back in the day rarely batted an eyelash at this local custom.

If narrow streets and sidewalks were that much of a serious issue for baby carriages Beacon Hill would have been demolished fue to violations of the ADA . FYI: My dad became paralyzed when I was 10. He had a wheelchair.

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Or restrict access to emergency vehicles, deliveries, snow and trash removal?

Not being cute, just explaining the conundrum of building in and around neighborhoods designed before there were motor vehicles.

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A narrow street like this could be usable by all modes, but have protections for pedestrians if the sidewalks were removed and traffic calming measures were put in place. Narrow sidewalks on a narrow street are more of a hindrance for chair users than no sidewalk due to curbs.

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I'll take sidewalks any day over any "traffic calming measures".

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You mean like the ones on historic Beacon Hill and the famous North End?? (yeah, okay).

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Is that you?!

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The toughest part of Southie today is finding a parking space or a condo for under a million dollars.

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a million dollar condo with no parking?

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It would be a better picture without that ugly lightpole.

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...is the diner where the Nighthawks hang out.

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No door on the diner.

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How can I get a better copy of this photo??
I'll frame it

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I just went to the 311 website and downloaded the image.

https://311.boston.gov/reports/101002719342

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Brings new veracity to the term picturesque, and more specifically, yes Neal, that does look like classic Thomas Hart Benton. Among american cities, I love how Boston has so many of these unusual, non-generic spaces. All the cookie-cutter autopolises and sprawlvilles are employing urban planners and landscape designers to recreate what we have here organically...and they more often than not wind up with Ye Olds Potemkin villages.

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