Green­way should thrive on its own

Boston Herald - - HERALD OPINION -

Fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity is req­ui­site to main­tain­ing a thriv­ing me­trop­o­lis, and to cul­ti­vat­ing and show­cas­ing an “in­ter­na­tional city,” wise in­vest­ment is a ne­ces­sity. How­ever, in Bos­ton, wise in­vest­ment has been rather scarce and mis­man­age­ment plen­ti­ful when it comes to the Hub’s nascent jewel known as the Rose Kennedy Green­way. As the Her­ald’s Brooks Suther­land re­ports, the Rose Fitzger­ald Kennedy Green­way Con­ser­vancy may re­ceive a check from the city’s sur­plus fund to the tune of $5 mil­lion for main­te­nance in an en­dow­ment fund. Mayor Marty Walsh said the en­dow­ment fund­ing would be “a part of ” the Green­way even­tu­ally be­com­ing self-funded. “The com­mu­nity wanted it,” Walsh said. “Both the city and state have made in­vest­ments in that Green­way. They have a board and a com­mis­sion, and this is an­other step in them be­com­ing self-sus­tain­able.” It more ap­pears to be a case of throw­ing good money af­ter bad. The Her­ald has re­ported on the con­ser­vancy’s spend­ing and lofty salaries dat­ing to 2012, when it had seven em­ploy­ees mak­ing $90,000 or more, in­clud­ing its then $185,000-a-year di­rec­tor, and its pay­roll nearly topped $2 mil­lion. Last year, Con­ser­vancy of­fi­cials said four made more than $90,000 in 2016, in­clud­ing di­rec­tor Jesse Brack­en­burry, who pulled in $210,000. The Green­way is an el­e­gant ge­o­graph­i­cal com­ple­ment to the Es­planade and Olm­stead’s Emer­ald Neck­lace, which ex­tends over seven miles, cul­mi­nat­ing along the Com­mon­wealth Av­enue Mall to the Pub­lic Gar­den and Bos­ton Com­mon. It’s also an ex­pen­sive patch of land, which was sup­posed to be self-sus­tain­ing years ago. In 2012, the Pa­trick ad­min­is­tra­tion or­dered the Con­ser­vancy to come up with a plan to leave pub­lic fund­ing within five years. Ob­vi­ously, that didn’t work out. The Rose Fitzger­ald Kennedy Green­way Con­ser­vancy must be­come a self-sup­ported or­ga­ni­za­tion. The city of Bos­ton’s sur­plus is not the city of Bos­ton’s — it be­longs to the tax­payer, and no more tax­payer dol­lars should find its way to the Green­way. If it is meant to be sus­tained as cur­rently con­sti­tuted, then a com­bi­na­tion of pri­vate do­na­tions and pro­ceeds from the var­i­ous com­mer­cial en­deav­ors held top­side must do the trick.

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