Roving Camera 4-18-19: What are the most significant changes you’ve seen in Roxbury?
The development of new housing priced at a point where they’re forcing locals out. New businesses are opening. I’m hoping there’s no further displacement. — Fabian DePeiza, Social Worker, Hyde Park
Where I live, on every corner there’s a new building — a hotel, housing, dormitories. I can no longer see the sunset. Most of my neighbors now are students who don’t connect or care what’s happening in the neighborhood. I used to know my neighbors. — Christle Rawlins-Jackson, Artist, Roxbury
Back in the ’60s, everybody seemed to move out. When I was growing up, it was like the United Nations, but after the ’60s, it became mostly black. But the people here stuck together. They stopped the highway and hung in through thick and thin. — Fred Fairfield, Real Estate Management, Canton
People have become more aware of the historic buildings. It’s always been a diverse population here, but we’re seeing more now. New businesses are being established. In the future, I hope to see more historic preservation. — Thomas Plant, Project Director, Jamaica Plain
I think what’s happening now is developers are destroying the historic nature of Roxbury by stuffing too many units in small lots. We’ve always been a neighborhood of families. They’re turning this into a neighborhood of students. — Joyce Stanley, Executive Director, Roxbury
The increased development of the area and how it is encroaching on local residents who can no longer stay due to rising costs of housing. — Linda Freeman, Community Activist, Roxbury