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Mary Soo Hoo Park

By adamg - 1/2/12 - 10:09 am

Pigsty ParkThey could rename it Pigsty Park.

The Globe today reports the state Department of Transportation has some ambitious plans for the land and air around the turnpike/93 interchange in Chinatown, which it hopes will eventually become a new gateway to the city, featuring new development and parks.

Parks, huh? The photo above is the latest on file with the city's Citizen Connect service from Mary Soo Hoo Park, the little plaza at the pedestrian gateway to Chinatown that is owned by the state Department of Transportation - or at least, that's what the city and the Greenway Conservancy keep telling residents in explaining why their crews can't pick up the trash that keeps getting left there. A couple of weeks ago, the city actually did dispatch a DPW crew to remove trash, but this latest complaint is marked "closed:"

Case Referred to External Agency. Mass dot jurisdiction. details forwarded.

By adamg - 12/13/11 - 1:20 pm

Wretched refuseUPDATE: A Chinatown resident did something revolutionary: Actually used a telephone for its original purpose today and called up Justin Holmes, head of constituent services for the city. Within 45 minutes, a city crew swung by and cleaned up the park.

We're talking actual refuse. An increasingly disgusted citizen follows up last week's report about festering Mary Soo Hoo Park, for which the city apparently couldn't spare a single bulldozer or garbage truck, even though, like Dewey Square, it doesn't own the land either. In fact, it seems like nobody wants to claim ownership:

We spoke to Greenway who says they have no authority here and MassDOT is responsible. Trash keeps piling up-can the city step in, take charge and see this gets done? Chinatown residents would be grateful to have Mary Soo Hoo Park back for our kids to play in. The trash has not been emptied since the park opened. Thanks.

By adamg - 12/10/11 - 11:06 am

Mary Soo Hoo Mess.

Right, not Dewey Square but Mary Soo Hoo Park in Chinatown, where a fed-up citizen complains:

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