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Prospective betterment process sparks dispute at Harvard Commons
When homeowners moved into the Harvard Commons development in Dorchester years ago, they embraced the residential neighborhood and its private thoroughfares. Now, the initiation of a betterment project has homeowners considering the possibility of their private ways becoming public streets.
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At Tenean Beach, city, state pull from nature’s toolbox to address coastal flood paths
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At Tenean Beach, city, state pull from nature’s toolbox to address coastal flood paths
As a low-lying coastal city, Boston is at heightened risk for coastal flooding. To examine the challenges and opportunities of coastal resilience efforts, the Banner is digging into three sites along the metro-Boston shoreline where flooding could pose high risks and where solutions are being crafted to create new models for the future.
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New tree ordinance to protect urban canopy
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New tree ordinance to protect urban canopy
The cool green path of tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue cuts through Boston’s Back Bay. In the city’s southwest areas, tree-filled streets keep temperatures in neighborhoods like West Roxbury, Roslindale and Jamaica Plain low, providing relief and respite for residents. Compare that to low-tree areas in minority neighborhoods like Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roxbury and Dorchester.
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Blue Hill Ave. banners honor Black women leaders
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Local News
Blue Hill Ave. banners honor Black women leaders
The “Black Women Lead” public art project adorns Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester and Roxbury with 212 banners spotlighting iconic Black women — in almost every field of work — who’ve shattered glass ceilings by being the first Black woman to do something, inspiring many and making a difference in our communities.
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Advisory Council on Black Empowerment holds first listening session in Grove Hall
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Local News
Advisory Council on Black Empowerment holds first listening session in Grove Hall
Residents in Dorchester and Roxbury had some tough questions last week for an advisory committee that Gov. Maura Healey created to explore critical issues in the Black community.
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City, state move toward green affordable housing
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Local News
City, state move toward green affordable housing
For 20 currently unhoused families, a new development in Dorchester will offer permanent supportive housing. It also represents another step to make affordable housing across the state more environmentally friendly.
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EPA gives the Neponset River mixed grades
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EPA gives the Neponset River mixed grades
An annual report from the Environmental Protection Agency this month provided mixed results on the water quality in the Neponset River, which borders Mattapan and part of Dorchester.
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Documenting Dorchester: Local photographer Jaypix spearheads preservation effort
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Arts & Culture
Documenting Dorchester: Local photographer Jaypix spearheads preservation effort
For Dorchester native Jaypix Belmer, the streets of Uphams Corner have always been home. Connecting with neighbors and observing the historic streets of the area were a natural part of life for Belmer — but in the last decade, those actions have become an urgent effort towards preserving Dorchester’s history and character.
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A slice of Italy in Dorchester
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Lifestyle
A slice of Italy in Dorchester
Chef Stefano Quaresima fell in love twice in Boston. First with his wife, Tsedenia Kiros, whom he met while working at Petit Robert Bistro, and second with the Dorchester neighborhood. Now he channels his passion for food and the local community into his recently opened Italian restaurant, Via Cannuccia.
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Candidates work the crowd on Dorchester Day
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Local News
Candidates work the crowd on Dorchester Day
Frank Baker won’t be appearing on the ballot this year. After 10 years in office, the District 3 City Councilor from eastern Dorchester is calling it quits. But you wouldn’t know it by his presence in last Sunday’s Dorchester Day Parade, where he practically jogged the three-mile route, zig-zagging from one side of the street to the other, shaking hands. Why?
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Dorchfest brings live music and art to Ashmont Adams
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Arts & Culture
Dorchfest brings live music and art to Ashmont Adams
On Saturday, June 3, more than 55 local musicians will flood the streets of the Ashmont Adams area of Dorchester, strumming guitars and belting out vocals from porches around the neighborhood. Dorchfest, in its second year, is a celebration of musical talent in Dorchester.
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Dorchester Open Studios — a showcase of community talent
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Arts & Culture
Dorchester Open Studios — a showcase of community talent
For one weekend this month, Dorchester’s explosive artistic talent overflows from historic brick buildings around the neighborhood.
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