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Bulletin: Kiosks put back to work on their street corners

Two bulletin board kiosks that were removed from Allston street corners more than 10 months ago have been brought back to their former locations.

Last summer, the kiosks at the corner of Harvard and Brighton avenues and at North Beacon and Cambridge streets were replaced by street-level miniature billboards as part of a contract between the city and Wall USA, which also has built a number of new bus shelters around the city. One kiosk at the corner of Harvard and Commonwealth avenues was left standing, but the two that were removed were mourned by local entrepreneurs and Allston Village Main Streets, a nonprofit organization that works to promote small businesses in the neighborhood . The group had erected the kiosks eight years ago.

``My friends make fun of me about the importance of this because it really stung me when it came down," said Michael Marotta , promoter of ``The Pill," a weekly dance event at the nightclub Great Scott. ``There really wasn't a place in Allston Village that you could post fliers anymore."

Marotta and others joined up with Main Streets to meet with city officials and Wall USA. The city realized its mistake, Marotta said, praising Peter O'Sullivan , the director of the city's street furniture program, for helping set things straight. The kiosks were rebuilt on June 9 .

``Peter was great," Marotta said. ``He listened to all of our concerns, and he really seemed like he cared about what we had to say. They messed up, then they made up for it. They put the things back up, and it looks great, and all is right in the world."

Erin Scott , a board member of Allston Village Main Streets, said the incident helped increase awareness by the city of the neighborhood's concerns.

``Hopefully," she said, ``they'll see that we have our finger on what's going on in Allston."


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