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Dirt piled in city lot to halt prostitute traffic

Dirt piled in city lot to halt prostitute traffic

A vexing situation on Moyston Street has been fixed, albeit not in the way resident Joe Rodriguez wa
Dirt piled in city lot to halt prostitute traffic
Mayor Gary McCarthy’s solution to the problem at 43 Moyston Street was to pile dirt in front of the vacant lot to keep vehicles from using the property for illegal activity Friday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

A vexing situation on Moyston Street has been fixed, albeit not in the way resident Joe Rodriguez wanted.

City workers dumped a pile of dirt at the front of a vacant lot to stop prostitutes from driving in to have sex with their johns.

It’s not pretty, Rodriguez complained. But, he acknowledged, it will make the neighborhood quieter at night.

He had complained this week that prostitutes were once again bringing johns to the lot, which is near his house. He had stopped them long ago by building a fence, but had to take the fence down in September when the city took title to the property in a tax foreclosure.

Rodriguez doesn’t own the land, but got the owner’s permission to build a tall fence. However, the fence was illegal under the city’s code.

The city plans to sell the land.

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