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Street Furniture Battle In Boston's Back Bay
26 Nov 2001
Modified: 27 Nov 2001
Upcoming hearing puts fate of local paper distribution in the hands of Back Bay Architectural Commission.
Boston's Back Bay Architectural Commission (BBAC) is as conservative as their neighborhood looks. Some people like it that way; others don't.
Either way, the battle is extending to free speech as the BACC goes to vote on 'street furniture' (or newspaper boxes) this Wednesday, 5pm, at City Hall room 801.
Since many free local papers rely on these boxes for a majority of their distribution they view this as a threat and are calling for a show of support.
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What?
26 Nov 2001
What?
NO FREE PAPERS = NO FREE INFORMATION
27 Nov 2001
What what?
You know those boxes you see on the street, often next to bus stops... on corners... with a door but no lock? Yah that one - with the free paper!
Well the Back Bay Architectual Commission doesn't like them. Sure they get nasty sometimes when people put trash in them, but mostly, they contain valuable or just fun information in the form of a FREE-paper!!!
The BBAC's answer to 'street furniture' is the same as Lansdown St.'s answer to fliering (like so many other things in Boston): Can I see some ID?
This decision is being made with property values in mind... and property values are still high in the Back Bay. So if for commuters, consumers, and students in the neighborhood it means less access to independent publications it's okay,
it'll be worth it some day.
Not really.

For more info pick up an Editorial Humour while you can.