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Letters | A HOLD ON BOSTON AND ITS SPACES

Sweetheart deal for Sox too costly for city and its citizens

Hours before the first pitch, fans waited to get onto Yawkey Way before an August 2012 game between the Red Sox and the Texas Rangers.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File 2012

Hours before the first pitch, fans waited to get onto Yawkey Way before an August 2012 game between the Red Sox and the Texas Rangers.

If the Boston Red Sox and concession provider Aramark want Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street, they can buy these spaces from the city for full market value (“Sox want street-lease deal made permanent,” Page A1, May 2). Let’s put them up for auction. If they don’t want to purchase the street, they can pay what utilities pay to close a street 81 times a year, or the rate nonprofits pay to close a street for a special event, with all revenue raised on Lansdowne and Yawkey Way to be given to a charity unrelated to the Red Sox corporation, players, owners, or partners.

In the event of another sweetheart lease for the Sox, the city should charge property tax accordingly.

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Remember two things about professional sports: No one goes because they love the owners or for the concessions. And if you have to ask how much it costs to see a game, you can’t afford it.

Joshua Graciano

Concord, N.H.

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