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Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis pleads with the city to rid itself of "dead spaces," those public sidewalk stretches that seem particularly desolate. For instance: "The Albany Street ramp that leads up to I-93 south forms a perfect wall behind which an unholy bazaar of the lost—drug dealers, junkies, pimps, hookers and the homeless—all converge in a darkened cavity hidden under Boston's major roadway." [Herald]