As police cordoned off the scene of a fatal motorcycle-car collision Wednesday evening, something unusual started happening at the intersection.
From the street, Forest Hill Cemetery looks like an overgrown vacant lot with a collapsing fence surrounded by garbage.
In the past two years, thousands of sewer and manhole covers have been stolen, creating hazards for unsuspecting pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. The cast iron lids fetch scofflaws between $10 and $25 at local scrap yards, police said.
The city can’t afford emergency services but installed 27,000 curb ramps, many of which are on impassable sidewalks.
Residents complaining of bed bugs, cold rooms, leaking roofs, crime, malfunctioning fire alarms, nonworking elevators and lack of hot water have gone unanswered.