For decades, the fountain in City Hall Plaza has been a maintenance nightmare, with incessant leaks and broken filters and motors.  City officials have found a new solution to the problem: pave it over.

The fountain is now covered by a concrete slab the size of a baseball infield. While some see the possibility for hosting events like dances, markets, or an ice-rink, others say the bare slab does little to draw people to the plaza.


Photo: Globe Staff Photo / Wendy Maeda

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