The Boston Common and Boston Public Garden are dealing with some old challenges that have reached a new level of intensity.
Crime is a problem in the oldest park and oldest botanical garden in the country, and the search is on for solutions. That effort has become more urgent after two stabbings and a shooting on the Common in the past few months.
Liz Vizza, the executive director of Friends of the Public Garden, a nonprofit that helps the city take care of the parks, says the current troubles reflect a larger national set of concerns such as opioid addiction, mental health issues, and homelessness.
WBUR's Sharon Brody reports on how the parks are working to address the issues.
This segment aired on October 1, 2017.