‘We are in dire straits’: South End, Roxbury residents desperate for ‘Mass & Cass’ solution

BOSTON — Residents of the South End and Roxbury are paying close attention to the two mayoral candidates and their plans to address the on-going crisis along the Mass & Cass corridor.

Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George have both laid out their plans to tackle a range of issues in the area commonly referred to as ‘Methadone Mile’.

Some neighbors told Boston 25 News they want to hear more in the weeks ahead leading up to the November Election.

The describe experiencing their share of frustration and disappointment with the promises that have come from other political leaders in the past.

“We have moved from being a major problem now we are in dire straits,” said South End resident Bud Larievy. “This needs a comprehensive approach, no longer we’ll build a bridge.”

The plan Wu has laid out includes looking for more supportive housing opportunities, increasing services and outreach and coordinating across departments.

Essaibi George’s tactic entails a reconvened and rejuvenated task force that will work through several strategies to quickly decentralize services.

“I am grateful that these are the two front runners because I’ve seen them and talked to them in conjunction with these issues,” said South End resident Ashley Flynn. “I do think there is hope there.”

Others are hesitant to proceed with optimism.

The CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank told Boston 25 News they’re paying over $500,000 per year for full-time, round-the-clock security due to safety issues.

Catherine D’Amato said the money that’s being spent could be used to buy 1 million meals.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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