West Roxbury's Neighborhood Coordinator Hits the Streets for 24 Hours in a Row

The Mayor's Neighborhood Services Department performed a 24-hour snapshot exercise of their neighborhoods starting on Thursday morning.


West Roxbury Patch caught up with , the West Roxbury Neighborhood Coordinator for the Mayor's Neighborhood Services Department, while he was in the midst of a .

Around 2:30 p.m., Tracy met Department of Public Works Foreman Fred Mycroft and two workers at the corner of Willowdean Avenue and Hollywood Road.

Mycroft explained that hydrodraulic fluid was spilled at the intersection and demonstrated how slippery it was by just standing in an area that looked like black ice - but on a 80-degree July day.

"If you tried to stop there you'd keep rolling. It's obviously a constituent concern," said Tracy.

After DPW workers Tim Duggan and Aden Gasbarro spread down some dirt, the men were on their way to several other trouble spots in the neighborhood. 

Tracy's ride-along with the DPW was a part of trying to get a 24-hour snapshot of the neighborhood to see what's working, what's not working, what residents are talking about, what businesses owners are talking and more. Tracy said he is being given a comp day on Friday because he's working 24 hours straight.

And working 24 hours straight will allow Tracy, as the neighborhood coordinator, to see the neighborhood from a resident's perspective - and then report back to Mayor Menino.

Tracy said he started his day at the speaking to residents, and then headed out to Centre Street with Executive Director Kara O'Connor. He said they stopped by and met with the new Marino's Deli owner at the intersecton of Park and Centre streets (old Payless store).

From there Tracy went to the and spoke with Boston Centers for Youth and Families employees and residents in attendance.

He then headed down to during a Boston ROCKS summer camp sesson. "I talked to parents about some good city summer programs, as well as daycare options for them." 

Keeping busy, Tracy said he also checked in with the folks at the new Belgrade Place apartment buidling to see how things were going. 

And if that weren't enough, Tracy also checked on the crosswalk at Baker and Spring Street and reported back to Public Works that the crosswalk needed to be repainted.

And that was all before meeting up at 2:30 p.m. with Tracy having with another 17 hours or so to go.

What else was on tap for the afternoon and evening? Tracy set he was going to meet with a builder about a stalled construction project on Gould Street, visit the Parkway Little League tournament on Baker Street, and do a nighttime ridearound with the Boston Police.

What would you like to let Chris Tracy, the West Roxbury Neighborhood Services Department Coordinator for the City know about? Leave a comment below.

Michael Loconto July 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I saw Chris walking down Centre at hour 14 (10 pm) last night, looking no worse for the wear. Good job.
Matt July 20, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Someone give this guy O'Malley's job!
David Ertischek July 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I'd like to know if that Chris Tracy Smile was still on his face at 4 a.m. - I wouldn't be surprised if he was still smiling. In my opinion, Chris Tracy works hard and is very responsive to the neighborhood and the media.
bOOKA July 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM
How about fixing the sidewalk on Park terrace. It is a hazardous situation just waiting for an accident to happen to an elderly constituent. It has been this way for at least 2 years. Please do something! Booka
Robin July 21, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Disappointed this summer with Roche camps which left out 10 and 11 year-old kids. Ages 3-5, 6-9 , and 12-15 programs. Since the West Roxbury ED. complex is not with the Roche center-the camps can no longer be held up there. Kids now need to be transported up to the Drapper pool where the playground now is fenced off b/c it is going to be renovated.


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