Update: Suspect photos released.
Two people were stabbed at Warrenton and Stuart streets around 2:20 a.m., Stanley Staco reports. Both victims were taken away in critical condition.
The stabbings came just hours after a community meeting on violence in Chinatown.
Who's out drinking and getting stabby on a Tuesday night?
There's an entire subculture of people who are out partying and clubbing every night of the week until all hours. This was even more prominent in the 70s when the drinking age was 18. Monday nights at rock clubs like Cantones were a big night. The late Lou Miami had a Monday night residency there and it was a blast. Strangely, although the 70s are said to have had a much higher crime rate, I don't remember an overabundance after hours violence. Those of us in the subculture back then felt like we owned the city at that hour. There was an occasional flare-up in the Combat Zone, but even that was safer than you'd think due to heavy police presence in the area.
I used to go out clubbing in the early 2000s and it wasn’t cool to party on Friday and Saturday. The other nights of the week… I remember Wednesdays were the night for the cool kids at the club.
2022 and we are still dealing with this nonsense. Beating a woman over a hairstyle. Disgusting.
Is why the teens shattered the bar windows. They went in asking to be served underage and were yelling BLM. One the bartender refused to serve them alcohol they smashed the window.
"Earlier that same day, investigators allege that a group of juveniles began shouting “Black Lives Matter” inside Silvertone Bar on Bromfield Street after staff there refused to serve them alcohol. Police allege those teenagers spat on an employee and customers before shattering the front door of the establishment."
It also doesn't address the fact a man was beaten at the McDonald's on Wash the same day.
"Just two days before that, police say aggressive teens attacked an 81 year old man inside the McDonald’s on Washington Street."
DTX has never been particularly nice but man has it gotten bad since the pandemic started.I legitimately don’t feel safe there and I’m a grown ass man who knows how to handle himself in a fight.
DTX, when known as just Washington Street, used to be THE destination shopping area of Boston. Generations of older Bostonians will tell you about their pleasant memories of shopping at Jordan Marsh and Filenes whether they pronounced it Fie-lenes or "Fuh-Leens"), Gilchrists, Grants, Kresges and Neisners. And of having ice cream at Bailey's. I loved it as a child in the 60s with my mother and as a teen on my own in the 70s when I discovered a world of head shops like Miles, Ampersand and the Now Shop (the latter two not technically on Washington Street but on Tremont, another drastically declined thoroughfare), and record stores like Discount Records and the enormous Jordan Marsh record department. (Strawberries didn't arrive until later in the 70s). Actually, the decline started in the late 70s/early 80s when it became "Downtown Crossing" and traffic was banned. Unfortunately, the encouragement to "linger" in the street caused the wrong type of people, as in criminal, addicted and/or homeless to linger. The whole "Downtown Crossing" concept backfired. Concurrent to this was the nationwide 1980s decline of the "downtown" or "Main Street" shopping district in general.
“ Unfortunately, the encouragement to "linger" in the street caused the wrong type of people, as in criminal, addicted and/or homeless to linger.”
I disagree. If motor vehicles had been allowed to continue using the DTX streets, the decline would have been worse. The other causes you mention are true. The de-institutionalization of mental health sufferers and online shopping have also had an effect. Traffic has had no effect on Sacklerville aka Mass and Cass where far more lanes of traffic meet up than did in DTX.
That said, I’m in DTX at least once a week, sometimes as late as 9. It’s certainly no where near as lively as years ago. But I don’t feel in danger there. Sometimes it’s pleasant. Especially when the musicians play at the Steps.The constant cloud of cigarette smoke is off putting though. I feel sorry for the DTX Ambassadors that have to work in it all day. It should be a non smoking area like the public parks. And enforced.
That said, I’m in DTX at least once a week, sometimes as late as 9. It’s certainly no where near as lively as years ago. But I don’t feel in danger there. Sometimes it’s pleasant. ESP when the musicians play at the Steps.The constant cloud of cigarette smoke is off putting though. I feel sorry for the DTX Ambassadors that have to work in it all day. It should be a non smoking area like the public parks. And enforced.
As the crime rate continues to plummet
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