West Roxbury Patch caught up with Chris Tracy, the West Roxbury Neighborhood Coordinator for the Mayor's Neighborhood Services Department, while he was in the midst of a 24-hour snapshot exercise of the neighborhood.
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 Rox Diner speaking to residents, and then headed out to Centre Street with West Roxbury Main Streets 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 Roche Family Community Center and spoke with Boston Centers for Youth and Families employees and residents in attendance.
He then headed down to Billings Field 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.
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