opinion | Renée Loth

Greenway deserves public support

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is well-loved but severely underfunded, and someone has to pay

The Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos are painting a fabulous 70-foot mural on the vent stacks at Dewey Square. Food trucks and fruit stands are drawing crowds, the Wi-Fi is free, and the butterfly milkweed and coneflowers are in bloom. Public use is up an estimated 73 percent over 2010. After a fitful beginning, the Rose Kennedy Greenway is starting to thrive. What a good time to stomp on it!

The state Department of Transportation, which owns the 15-acre park, sent a blunt letter to the nonprofit Greenway Conservancy in January requiring a budget plan to eliminate all public cash subsidies over the next five years. “I believe it is prudent for the conservancy to begin to wean itself off government support,” transportation secretary Richard Davey wrote.

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