Charlestown’s circle of hell

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Is there an uglier, more chaotic place in Boston than Sullivan Square?

The treacherous, traffic-clogged, trash-strewn rotary here is truly the armpit of the city. This part of Charlestown has been agony for residents for decades. For years, longtime activists have been trying to get the city to deliver them from its evils. Last year, they finally got closer, agreeing with the city on a giant plan to turn the gaping wound into a network of neighborhood-sized streets.

“Then Wynn comes in his helicopter, and destroys it,” says Ivey St. John, a veteran of the long fight.

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