Inequity in City Services in general

This week’s dotriderblog theme is inequity. Ever since Dorchester became incorporated as part of the city of Boston in 1870, what had once been one of Massachusett’s richest and most influential communities has seen its influence and the resulting services from the city and state decline. Riders see this in the Missing Link section of the Boston Harbor Trail…(it’s in Dot so what). We see this whenever a road in Dot gets paved and there is NO accomodation for bicycle riders (Bowdoin Street from 4 corners to Geneva ave springs to mind among others). Bike advocates need not feel alone in our inequity. We’ll chronical other inequities in Dorchester so you might see the pattern that drives Dotites nuts. Small wonder we’re a noisy bunch!  Let’s think of a few more and you’ll see what we mean….New 40 gallon recycling bins…who got them last after ALL other areas of town and they don’t seem as nice?…. DCR Park at Neponset is still waiting for the info center and canoe/kayak dock rental facility from construction 15 years ago…MBTA refused to put any excalators in Shawmut Station, but the Silver Line Court House station has them going UP AND DOWN on BOTH SIDES plust the 9×12 foot brushed stainless steel panels… Boston Schools…bet we’ve had the most schools closed in the past two years…Libraries… We have one of the 4 on the list to close…. Big dig remediation?…Where are the sound barriers by the highway?… Dot Ave reconstruction… 15 intersections when city’s original plan called for entire Ave to be fixed… guess when THAT will happen? So, lip service and easy compromise with no strong advocacy at City Hall level for bike accomodations in Dorchester? So far, exactly as predicted by by dotriderblog two years ago when we first heard of plans for a bike share… No wonder were cynical eh? And then we get treated like we never leave Dorchester and get told it’s bad for everyone… We’ll provide some ripe examples of that in the next post… Or do you have any to add? Go for it!

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