Boston officials have relented on a plan to bring full-year street sweeping to the North End neighborhood.
After protests by residents concerned about the difficulty of parking in the winter, officials in the Department of Public Works have announced that they will continue sweeping the streets in December and March but suspend the mechanized sweeping in January and February.
The change pleased some residents concerned about additional ticketing and towing but angered those who have long complained about the filth that builds up on the dense neighborhood’s streets through the winter.
“I’m disappointed,” said Naomi Paul, co-chairwoman of the North End Waterfront Residents Association Clean Streets Initiative. “I thought it was a great proposal to keep up with the filth in the neighborhood. But there are a few unhappy residents who don’t want to give up the opportunity to park their cars and leave them there.”
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