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Citizen complaint of the day: Old news boxes never die, they just fill up with trash

Old abandoned news box

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about old news boxes on Dartmouth Street outside Back Bay station.

This gets filled up with trash and looks like trash. I think there are at least two of them outside Back Bay station. Would be great to throw out and would be very simple.

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I'm imagining this person checking every day to see if there's a new Phoenix and being disappointed every time when it's just trash again.

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I know that the Bay State Banner and Somerville Times still distribute this way. Which others?

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How much are those publishers paying us for the use of our real estate to locate their distribution boxes? I don’t know what the rent ought to be, but I’m pretty sure $0.00 isn’t the right answer.

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They're probably paying the same amount as thousands of other residents who store their own metal boxes -- that are 100 times bigger -- on miles of public real estate.

And honestly, this is like the "excise tax on cyclists" argument. It's a solution in search of a problem, and would cost more in administrative costs than it would bring in.

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has managed to hang around years after the publication folded. Those boxes were red.

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Vision Times @Ron Newman. It's a Falun Gong-affiliated Chinese language weekly newspaper. The copies in Forest Hills are in English.

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Still a worthless rag.

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Weekly Dig!

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