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Mural fight distracts from real issue: Roxbury needs development

Paint is the cheapest way to get positive impact in any space, including the now-defunct MBTA Bartlett Yard bus garage space in Roxbury (“Memorial mural effort put on hold,” Metro, April 27). Instead of persecuting community efforts to make use of a stalled development site, why isn’t the city holding the developer, Nuestra Comunidad, accountable?

The city still grieves over the unspeakable violence of the Boston Marathon bombings. And we support each other. Support notwithstanding, paint and murals don’t cover the blights of unspeakable violence that Roxbury residents endure every day, poor schools, lack of City Hall inclusiveness, or even a development process that compels us to ask: One Boston?

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If we are one city, why cheapen development in any neighborhood with paint and murals while other neighborhoods experience real development and are party to innovation districts in their midst?

Rodney Singleton


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