Greenway Conservancy Wants ‘Occupy Boston’ Out Of Dewey Square

BOSTON (CBS) – The nonprofit organization that oversees the site of Occupy Boston wants the protesters out.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy wants Mayor Tom Menino to shut down the camp in Dewey Square.

Read: Keller @ Large: Occupy Becoming What It Hates?

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jim Smith reports

In a letter to Menino, the board of directors said the footprint of the camp has “taken over” the park and a portion of the plaza preventing “passive enjoyment by the public” and “other permitted activities for the public.”

Chairwoman Georgia Murray wrote the letter and claimed that “sanitary conditions are deteriorating significantly,” there are “disturbing incidents of drug dealing,” and farmers markets in the area are losing money because of “noise, odors, and interference” from the protesters.

A spokeswoman for Menino said the mayor considered the letter and has no current plans to follow up on the Greenway’s request.

“I’m tolerating them at this time, I believe in the issues they were founded on,” says Menino.

  • fred

    So the news is out Menino is not running for another term – why else would he be giving the middle finger to people who have supported him in the past. Don’t forget the permitted event that had to be cancelled because of these bums.

  • tsalllllll

    Let’s see…………temporarily not being able to use a public park vs the collapse of a country because of corruption in government and politicians that represent the wealth and big corporations as compared to the majority that elects them.

    Interesting choice. My guess is some will actually choose the first

    • abby/gramps

      Dear tsal & other lovers of the Occupiers of the World,

      You all look & sound like the people of Greece, France & Italy

      After WW II, the US via the Marshall Plan, financed & rebuilt Europe….In doing so America placed a protective umbrella, through NATO, over those countries…

      In doing so those countries didn’t have to invest in standing armies to protect themselves. They were able to direct those funds to things like ‘socialized medicine’, free college tuition, 4-6 weeks vacation in certain industries & a ‘Litany’ of other hand outs.

      Since the mid-sixties, & the advent of the ‘Great Society’, the US has raised it’s debt limit 70+ times to pay for it….
      It’s over, the $$’s ALL GONE, deal with it!

      All financed, as an unintended consequence by the USA!

      So as they say in ‘Greece’, “Bend Over”!


  • irishrail225

    tsallllll, you may want to take a step back and actually look at this situation. It’s a public park-which means it should be open to the PUBLIC. Not a small contingent of it. Ever since that area of the Greenway was completed, it has been a nice area to get away from the stress of the working day for many people, myself included. Now the area reeks of sewage on a daily basis, and every week there is less and less space for the MAJORITY of us in the city to enjoy the park. Add that to the traffic jams and other inconveniences the marches are causing, the Occupy Boston group has become their own 1%. Talk around the city isn’t in their favor anymore, as it’s beyond obvious that their 1% doesn’t give a damn…at all.

    The Farmer’s Market at Dewey Sq. usually has twice the amount of vendors than have been coming since Occupy Boston started, and alot of customers have been looking at other market areas in the city so they don’t have to be around the encampment.
    If one of the points of the Occupy group is that we can’t let the 15 control and ruin everything, then how can they justify doing the same? I don’t know, seems a tad hypocritical to me.

    I agree that it’s time for people to step up and work towards changing how things are run….but that means that actual work has to be done. The camp doesn’t accomplish anything in the end. And no, I’m not buying everything I read in the media…rather I’m going off of what I see and hear every day.

    • Tsal

      Please tell me how in the past three decades anyone or any group has made a difference. If you’re part of the 1% I can understand your comments. If you are not what are you doing? I for one can give up a square of green space to those willing to actually do something. Better that than watch the country I love destroy itself. If you have a better solution please do say

    • Tsal

      I can’t help but wonder how inconvenient the Boston tea party was or the encampments of troops on the streets of Boston or the battles or disease. I for one am happy they didn’t listen to the over 70% of the population that didn’t approve of what they were doing.

      • Tsal

        Rowdy. Seems tom happen more and more. I can’t post on Keller any more and have given up. I don’t have time for the nonsense. Not even sure this will post.

      • roudydowdy

        I keep trying to post in support but the Man keeps censuring me. Power to the people right on!

  • emom

    posting issues all evening. seems their software has more bugs and stuff. WAIT I know its being occupied by the bugs now. Maybe thats it. took hours for a post to post this afternoon. someone must have feel asleep at the switch

  • Che Guevara

    It’s beginning to look like anyone who is trying to go to work is being called part of the 1%. I wish that these self-appointed spokespersons for the rest of us would stop including “us” in their protests. Menino simply doesn’t want to take control and give the boot to these crybabies. By the way, they’re hiring at Target.

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