Baystate Herbal Solutions seeks to open an adult use recreational marijuana dispensary at 464 Hanover Street. The North End community is already familiar with Baystate due to the community meeting hosted by ONS back in September. You can read our coverage of the community meeting at which more than a dozen people, including residents and condo owners at 464 Hanover, Parents of Eliot School children, and other North End residents spoke in opposition to their plans.
In the beginning (going back at least 20 years - but I'm not sure how much longer before that), there were three pickup days: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Recycling was picked up on Fridays only, but trash was picked up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Trash and recycling needed to be out before 7am on pickup days and no earlier than 5pm the night before.
Recent news that the temporary North Washington Street Bridge and resulting pedestrian detours will be around for at least another 13 months has sparked outrage from vulnerable road users. I decided to take a closer look at the current conditions.
The Neighborhood Council held its October meeting on Monday night.
North Washington Street Bridge
MassDOT sent representatives to discuss the delays with the North Washington Street Bridge project. This was generally the same presentation that was given to the Resident's Association last week and covered here. MassDOT confirmed the following:
1972 WGBH news story about "hanging around" the North End
We hung around because it gave us a sense of belonging. In our little piece of turf - our self-assigned chunk of sidewalk - that was our country club. For members only.
In the rain, in the sun, on the weekday, on the weekend - we were there. Somebody was always there.