Citizens Disconnect: Class Warfare at the Rose Garden

A roundup of our favorite requests for city services in the past week.

With the Citizens Connect app and website, Boston allows its residents to take a picture of a problem, send it to the city along with their precise location, and request help. The site is filled with complaints about trash on the sidewalk, potholes, and dead trees. It also contains the occasional oddity. Welcome to “Citizens Disconnect,” the third in a series wherein we round up our favorite few from the past week:

Class Warfare at the Rose Garden


Concerned Citizen: “Kelleher Rose Garden is closed to commoners? Does Park Dept realize Boston summers are short? Why have a Rose Garden if it is no longer accessible. Close it and sell for housing if it’s forbidden to lowly common people.”

City Response: “Closed. Case Noted. The kelleher rose garden is closed due to construction, it is scheduled to re-open spring 2014.”

One man’s proletariat struggle is another man’s regularly scheduled maintenance work.

Why Would They Call Boston Difficult to Navigate? 


Concerned Citizen: “Not damaged but do we really need three signs?”

City Response: “Closed. Case Resolved.”

Who says it’s hard to find streets in Boston? Kingston Street: A place so nice, we named it thrice.

The Jackson Pollack of Street Dividers


Concerned Citizen: “Did the DOT think we wouldn’t notice the giant lane marker paint spill in the middle if our newly paved street?.”

City Response: “Closed. Case Resolved. Graffitti removed.”

Hey, it was kind of fun while it lasted?



Concerned citizen: “It looks ready to eat up some cars!”

City response: “Closed. Case Resolved. Broke out 2’x3′ sinkhole backfilled and patched 8/13.”

Well thank goodness the city ended that car-eating menace.

Every Aerobics Class Needs a Statler and Waldorf

Concerned Citizen: “aerobics instructor screaming instructions that I can hear on Fulton Street while I eat dinner. It is ridiculous that the City of Boston promotes such a loud inconveniences during dinner hours.”

City Response: None yet. They’re probably doing aerobics.

Aerobics classes are probably super annoying to listen to as a non-participant, but are “dinner hours” really sacred in a major city? It’s not like the city sponsored a telemarketing competition from 5 to 7 p.m.