Occupy Boston Leaves $50,000 Filthy Mess
A Total Disregard For Public Property
By Dell Hill via The Boston Herald
Utopian dreamers of Occupy Boston are leaving behind a disgusting field
of filth on the formerly scenic Rose Kennedy Greenway, where trees will
have to be replanted, grass resodded, sprinklers repaired or replaced
and the entire area power-hosed in a massive cleanup that could take
Photo by Dominick Reuter
OF MUD: The spot of land where Occupy Boston tents were set up in front
of South Station is all mud. Above, a man hauls trash from the site
close to the end of it, which is very good news. Soon, the park can be
repaired and open to the general public,” Nancy Brennan, executive
director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, said late yesterday.
“We hope everyone makes a voluntary decision, and this can be a good,
The conservancy has been pushing the city to take action to remove the protesters, sending a letter to Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s
office last month expressing frustration at rampant deterioration of
the site, plus health and safety issues, including “disturbing”
instances of drug use and interference of a farmers market. A judge
this week lifted a restraining order on the city, giving it the green
light to boot them out.
And none too soon, as far as Brennan is concerned.
Boston was really good about listening and moving tents that encroached
on plant material, but there were some days where there were tents
where they shouldn’t have been,” she said.
maintenance and landscape workers have inspected the Dewey Square
encampment almost daily since the protesters set up their tents more
than two months ago.
said the grass, which has turned into a mud pit, will need to be
completely resodded, and she fears several trees that have been damaged
will have to be replanted.
or four trees might be lost. There’s browning of the foliage, and
there are some broken and bent limbs,” she said. “Part of what we need
to do is check on the root systems, and that is just going to take a
little bit of time.”
also expects that the sprinkler system was damaged so much it will have
to be repaired or replaced. Also in need of replacement are about 20
percent of the shrubbery and the pebbles from a pedestrian walkway that
runs along Purchase Street.
also said the wall of the large air intake tower for the O’Neill Tunnel
will have to be power-hosed to remove markings and messages left behind
by the squatters.
grass crete has really taken a beating,” said Brennan, referring to the
concrete-type material covering the delivery truck driveway that allows
grass to grow through. “We need to see if we can restore or replace
couldn’t provide an estimate for what the final repair bill will be,
but local landscapers pegged it at upward of $50,000.”