Don't shortchange the arts

By EDITORIAL  |  April 27, 2011

Hubway is a sort of two-wheeled Zipcar system that will begin with 600 bicycles at 61 stations throughout Boston. It could eventually grow to a fleet of 5000 bikes at 300 kiosks in Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville.

Naysayers scoff at the prospect of Boston, with its tangle of challenging traffic patterns traversed by hordes of undisciplined drivers, ever accommodating two-wheeled, green-friendly transport.

But the success of the Comm Ave bike lanes and the bicycle paths along the Southwest corridor clearly demonstrate that, with smart planning, even Boston can adapt.

Now the screw-up: at the request of the mayor's office, high-end burrito vendor Boloco donated 200 burritos to celebrate the launch of Hubway, and was promptly spanked by the geniuses at the city's Inspectional Services for not having the proper permits to do the city a favor. Menino then chewed out Boloco for taking to Facebook to air its understandable frustration. Now, of course, everyone has kissed and made up.

City Hall may be able — on occasion — to think big, but when will it ever learn that it's the little things that can kill you?

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