“You don’t go to the market when you know a game is going to start,” said Tony Garcia, 32, who grew up on the street. “You also learn to be an aggressive driver. I don’t wait for them to let me through. I fight to cut through.”
“Initially it was a shock,” said Elizabeth Alvarez of the game day traffic she encountered after first moving on to Boylston about 20 years ago. “I just do my shopping before I go home. I just work around [the traffic] because I chose to live here.”
The Dodgers have helped to make traffic more manageable by trying to keep some intersections open during games and keeping traffic off Boylston and other nearby streets. But the reopening of the Scott Avenue gate by Dodger owner Frank McCourt at the end of some games angered many on Boylston Street. Even some other traffic improvements have backfired. Last year, a parking enforcement officer blocked Lassen from driving home even though he flashed a Dodger-issued placard that allow Boylston Street residents to get through traffic barricades.
“The [officer] said there were no houses there,” said Lassen, who has lived on Boylston for more than 20 years. “Then when I showered her the placard, she said she didn’t know what it was.”
Peter Reyes, another Boylston Street resident, said he does not find game day traffic all that bad. What really bothers Reyes, a die-hard Dodger fan, are his fellow fans who want to avoid paying the increased stadium parking fees. These bargain hunters ignore the barricades and jam the narrow street, often leave trash behind. “They don’t stop them from coming to our street. The McCourts don’t give a damn.”
Still, no one on Boylston is going to be driven away from their homes by game day traffic.
“I love living here,” said Garcia. “But I love it more during the off season.”