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Disconnecting crime in Boston [pdf]

They went after guns. Then it was T-shirts. Now, in Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s effort to make Boston’s neighborhoods safer, officials have targeted a new possible accomplice in city crime: Pay phones.

Saying that pay phones attract drug dealers and prostitutes, city agencies are pushing for an amendment to the zoning code meant to restrict installation of coin-operated phones

[…] Some community groups in South Boston and East Boston neighborhoods have complained about problems at some pay phones and say the measure would help in the city’s effort to stem crime. But others say that pay phones across the city are a necessity, especially for residents who don’t have access to cellphones or can’t afford to maintain a phone at home.