In the arm, around 3:45 p.m. near the Park Street T station.
I live near Copley and work near Park Street -- both tourist hubs, and both being overrun, day and night, by aggressive panhandling, public drinking and drugging and dealing, general filth and litter, and now a stabbing. Both areas are becoming more like pre-Disney Times Square, with no visible law enforcement presence. Walk through the Common or by the library at any time of the day. It is shameful, and a horrible reflection on this city.
clamping down on gun violence in this city.
What's that? You say it was a stabbing? Well, don't worry. The mayor's all over clamping down on gun violence in this city.
By clamping down I think you mean Marty sucking up like a luxury vacuum to Bloomberg's various organizations for grants/donations and enforcing PR stunt restrictive policies (even for MA) against residents which already follow the law.
Going after repeat offenders, keeping repeat offenders off the streets, slapping repeat offenders with everything in the books, putting more officers into high risk neighborhoods, engaging in more thorough community policing to build a reliable network of witnesses, better training officers and following up with continuing education for officers, and engaging in proactive anti-gang policies not so much cuz' that shits hard and costs money n' stuff.
If it isn't easy money or glamour for Marty and his crew the city doesn't give a damn.
Soon to be the next Crosstown Center.
We were there when it happened. There's a MOB of drug addicts all around Park Street every single day . The Rangers do nothing. The BPD does nothing. The Mass Transit Police do nothing and EVERY SINGLE DAY someone OD's, people get into fights, drugs are sold, bought and used.
The FREEDOM TRAIL should be renamed the Scumbag Line.
At some point one of these addicts is going to be suffering from a drug induced psychotic break
(which is what happened yesterday) and is going to hurt a tourist. There are thousands of them walking that trail daily. It is so dangerous that I wouldn't be surprised if a child was hurt.
The police should have a Zero tolerance policy and should be cleaning out the park daily by writing tickets for smoking K2. There is a LAW against smoking in the park. Anyone violent should be taken away. Anyone with warrants should be taken away. Instead it is the opposite.
I went and got a police officer when a man had exposed himself and was peeing ON the Boston Common monument ON the Freedom Trail at Park Street . The officer just told the guy to get lost.He just went a few feet away by a tree where a family was sitting and peed there.
It is disgusting that it has become so commonplace and they are so desensitized to it that law abiding citizens are forced to intermingle with dangerous, drug addicted , armed, mentally ill, desperate "people" who are willing to do anything to get that next hit.
We're outnumbered. They don't give a crap.
forced to intermingle
Someone forced you to interact with these people?
Its still way, way better than it used to be.
30 years ago, this probably would not be considered to be out of the ordinary.
About this myth that it was worse years ago...in the 70s and 80s I frequently used to walk straight through the deserted Boston Common (and other such places) at 2 and 3 AM after a night of clubbing and hanging out and not feel the slightest bit unsafe. Nor did I see anything much out of the ordinary aside from a few hookers at Boylston and Tremont. I would not dare do that today, even if I was as young as I was then. Statistics may say that the crime rate was higher then, but today there are by far more crazies, druggies and generally dangerous, violent and unstable people on the streets than there were back then. I know there are reasons there are more on the streets now, but nonetheless they are there and they are frequently unsafe.
I moved to Boston for school in 1979 and have been here ever since (save three months right after graduation in '83). I think it's as bad now as I've ever seen it, and getting worse by the day
If statistics show more crime and more arrests back in the '70s and '80s, I'd suggest that may be due to a lower tolerance for the kind of quality-of-life offenses that don't get policed, much less prosecuted, today. If police actually enforced laws against vagrancy, public inebriation, disturbing the peace, trespassing, etc., I think today's numbers would be off the charts. Especially considering that the opiate problem is much worse, mental-health and addiction services are cut to the bone, the city's major homeless shelter is still closed, there are more guns on the streets.
The scariest thing is, budget-wise, Boston is supposed to be doing relatively well. Business is booming, tax revenue is up, right? But we still can't take care of the homeless? We still can't increase patrols and police presence? What's going to happen when the next recession inevitably comes?
Thank you for telling it like it is. Damn straight.
Complete lies. In the 70-80s the Combat Zone was still active, busing was going on and we were in full recession. The city lost 20% of its population between 1960 and 1980. Whole neighborhoods were blighted and the harbor was an open sewer - people couldn't leave fast enough. Cops would roll down the Esplanade warning women about attacks. Burnt out cars would sit on back streets for days or longer. Blacks couldn't go to some areas, whites couldn't go to others. There were teenage prostitutes on Washington Street and rentboys on Marlborough. I can't believe you would type such complete nonsense.
Can we agree that it is bad NOW and getting worse?
I've been walking in or thru the Common off and on for 35 years.
The homeless and drug addicted are worse than I've ever seen.
80's weren't halcyon days in Boston but this particular issue in this area and DTX is unlike anything I've seen before.
Last fall, my daughter, while walking her dog in the Common, was punched and thrown to the ground by a woman who was clearly high and psychotic. The cops put the druggie into an ambulance and told my daughter to "go away" because she was upsetting the druggie. This was about a month after a stabbing committed by a pair whose descriptions fit the druggie and her boyfriend (incident mentioned here on Uhub). So tell me what will change?
The problem is that even if the police do increase enforcement, there's going to be a revolving door. Public health money for shelters and treatment programs would go a long ways to keeping at least some of these people from returning as soon as they're done being processed.
What's cheaper? A shelter bed with a treatment program or a jail cell?
The amount of people on the Common today. I was in the Tremont Tent at that time, and never heard a thing until I read it here.
Quite likely that this was the drugged out bizzarro scuzzy people that congregate around there quarreling with each other. They don't really care who is around. One thing I have noticed about these people in their gathering spots is that they are the most argumentative people ever. Always in fighting with each other. Men yelling at men, women yelling at men, etc, etc.
Two or more people get stabbed at Park Street in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon and neither of our two papers covers it? I hope I just missed the stories, but I fear the Globe and Herald did.
bridge is closed for trains this weekend, around 4. Very hot, very crowded, TONS of tourists and shoppers, bad traffic. Add to this the redline clusterphuk and it's not a pretty picture. I'm sure the heat, crowds, homeless stuck in the middle of it all, and violence isn't surprising.
I was in Boston today stopping through from Maine and I saw this incident. The man was stabbed in the arm and was bleeding profusely. He said a man was running around just "sticking people" and running off. A woman lying down was also stabbed. Was curious what occurred and if everyone is okay.
So, how's that replacement plan for the Long Island Shelter and all those day programs going, Mahty?
And meanwhile, the four news reporters left at the Herald are too busy making Herald Radio appearances while the Globe reporters are all busy cleaning out their desks for the upcoming move downtown.
The problem now is that Pine Street and Woods Mullen won't let the homeless in if they are a threat to others staying there. There's really no place for them to go. Addiction is so strong that they would rather stay where the drugs are available and camp out at places like the Common or any city bench they can. With opiate prescriptions more difficult to obtain, heroin trafficked by the dealers are the go-to for addicts, which brings it to a higher level of law enforcement. *sigh*. HELP
That's pretty brazen. The Common was full of people attending Outside the Box yesterday.
Just a couple of questions: Does the Boston Common have some type of special laws or rules regulating conduct or allowing anything goes, please cite court rulings relative? OR do the regular Boston Park & Recreation Department rules and state laws apply like in every other Boston Park? Can anyone cite any legal reasoning for the mayhem that occurs on Boston Common? Is there something in the founding of Boston Common that gives these people more rights?
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