On Wednesday morning, a man stopped his bike outside the old Bartlett Bus Yard, raised his cellphone to the wire fence, and captured a mural of an old elevated trolley.
“That’s true art,” he said, in awe. There is so much to inspire in the old yard on Washington Street in Roxbury, soon to be a residential and retail development. The tumbledown buildings in the 8.6-acre complex are covered with graffiti and other art honoring Boston’s past and present, bucolic vistas and arresting abstractions.
This is just the kind of thing City Hall should be bending over backward to encourage. Instead, making Bartlett Yard happen required superhuman persistence in the face of an arcane municipal permitting system. But a new day is coming. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Yvonne Abraham is a Globe columnist. She can be reached at email@example.com.