West Roxbury Residents Concerned After Street Name Changes Without Warning


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Imagine if the name of your street suddenly changed without warning -- and your packages stopped showing up. That’s the frustrating reality for seven households in Boston.

Resident Patricia Gatto said she has lived on West Roxbury Parkway for 32 years --- until three weeks ago -- when the street sign was changed to Park Front Road without warning.

She said the neighbors only noticed the change once their food deliveries and packages stopped showing up at the door.

"My checking account checks are hanging out there -- we've missed food deliveries, what do you tell the pizza guy?" she said. "More importantly, what do you tell the 911 operator if you have an emergency need?"

Residents believe the name was changed because the city's Department of Conservation and Recreation used a century-old map for reference when printing the signs. But every map since then still has the street listed as West Roxbury Parkway, including Google Maps.

"We had an Amazon driver who rang a doorbell and was confused," Gatto said.

Since the city has yet to address the issue, Gatto said neighbors are taking matters into their own hands by making their own street signs with wood planks and markers.

"I don't know [what the city thinks] because they haven't been here," she said.

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) has more.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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