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A health code blitz in Downtown Crossing

Area scoured for pests, sanitation problems

With the holiday shopping season approaching, Boston officials hope to shoo three groups of bargain hunters from Downtown Crossing: rodents, pigeons, and cockroaches.

“We want visitors to walk by and not see nightmares,” John Meaney, the city’s environmental services director, said Thursday after he and other officials found signs of infestations and health and sanitation problems during a crackdown. Their targets included food-court shops, a restaurant, a nightclub, and retail outlets.

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