Posted July 15th 2013 at 7:00 am by
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Contested: An Abandoned Public Bus Yard

• In Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Bartlett Yard is an abandoned public bus yard in Boston. This summer, the 8-acre site is being reclaimed and used for public art.

Contested: An Abandoned Public Bus Yard

Contested: An Abandoned Public Bus Yard

Artist Cedric Douglas at work in Bartlett Yard.

Bartlett Yard, since its opening in the 1880’s, has always been utilized for public transportation – first for horse drawn carriages, then electric streetcars and most recently as a bus depot. The site is controversial because is has not been in use for nearly a decade and is located in Roxbury, a low-income neighborhood that hosts more than its share of vacant lots and has seen decades of economic disinvestment.

After a series of community meetings in 2008, Nuestra Comunidad, a local non-profit developer, purchased Bartlett Yard from the local public transportation authority. This November, the site will begin its transformation into a green development with mixed-income housing and commercial space. Until then, the space is home to dancers, artists, and even gardeners.

Contested: An Abandoned Public Bus Yard

Contested: An Abandoned Public Bus Yard

Check out last week’s contested space: Disappearing Bike Lanes on Old Streets in Cambridge

Post by Cassandria Campbell, co-founder of Fresh Food Generation. Photos by Campbell and Cedric Douglas.

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