In the ’80s and ’90s, if you wanted something done in the Behind the Rocks neighborhood, you’d call Rosa Morales.
“Miss Rosa” made a name for herself holding politicians accountable, advocating for green spaces and the people who utilized them — without her, Alexander Goldfarb Memorial Park, near her home on Grafton Street, would still be a trash-filled ravine. It took the 82-year-old half a decade of calls and testimony to city officials to see that project through.
“People need to care because it’s where they live,” Morales said recently. “I used to call whenever I saw a mess, even if it was nowhere near my home. It’s still my city.”
On Thursday, Morales was recognized...