Looking to 2050: A Collection of thoughts from students and staff members at YouthBuild Boston

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Looking to 2050: Our readers pitch in

The Reporter reached out to some of our neighborhoods civic and non-profit leaders to get their thoughts on what Dorchester's 'green' transformation might look like. Here are some of the responses:

Dorchester will be a more important place to live  Read more

The Greening of Dorchester

The Food Project: Teenagers from The Food Project working in the Dudley Triangle weed salad mix in 2006. Over 60 youth from Boston and its suburbs will grow food through the Food Project this summer.The Food Project: Teenagers from The Food Project working in the Dudley Triangle weed salad mix in 2006. Over 60 youth from Boston and its suburbs will grow food through the Food Project this summer.How will our neighborhood respond to the challenge of transforming our economy — and our personal behaviors — to protect and sustain our environment? In a special Dorchester Day section, the Reporter and its readers explore this topic in a series of articles:

Looking to 2050: Our readers pitch in
The Reporter reached out to some of our neighborhoods civic and non-profit leaders to get their thoughts on what Dorchester's 'green' transformation might look like.

Building standards in the spotlight and not just downtown by Chris Lovett

In transportation, it's back to the future by Pete Stidman
Single Stream Recycling CartsSingle Stream Recycling Carts
Single stream now, zero waste in the future? by Geoff Buteau

Fresh produce supply looks promising by Kendra Stanton Lee

The global sea level rise and would it could mean for Dorchester by Pete Stidman

Is a wind turbine for Moon Island in the offing? by Mike Deehan

The SE Expressway: Asphalt roadblock to the sea by Pete Stidman  Read more

The SE Expressway: Asphalt roadblock to the sea

It may seem far-fetched, particularly when the federal and state governments will have spent a staggering $22 billion in costs and interest on the Big Dig when all is said and done, but demolishing highways to build parks and foster development is a burgeoning fad in the new green world.  Read more

Building standards are in the spotlight now …and not just for downtown types of structures

Solar Roof in Fields CornerSolar Roof in Fields CornerThe path to green buildings in Dorchester began ten years ago with an experiment in recycling of the former state hospital grounds in Mattapan. On part of the grounds being redeveloped as a wildlife sanctuary, the Mass.  Read more

In transportation, its back to the future

In many ways the future of urban transportation is also its past. The cities around the country that are now hailed for their bicycle-friendly streets and well-used mass transit systems are often the same ones who took an off-beat path in the 1950s, 60s and 70s when highways were given out like candy on Halloween by the federal government.

Cities like Portland, Oregon, which said no to I-505 and the Mount Hood Freeway, and Boston, which said no to the Southwest Expressway and the Inner Beltway managed to funnel money into mass transit instead, preserving neighborhoods.  Read more

Single stream now, zero waste in the future?

Geoff Buteau, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 5, 2009

Single Stream Recycling CartsSingle Stream Recycling CartsRecycling’s not as easy as throwing all waste into one bin then forgetting about it, but in a time of blooming green  Read more

Fresh produce supply looks promising

Memorial Day weekend has passed and the stakes are in the ground. Whether or not Dorchester’s vegetable gardeners got an early start, they appear to be poised for the harvest. Some are using a raised box garden and some have the luxury of an in-ground plot in their yard. And let’s not forget the rooftop gardeners (like the innovative dBar restaurant and bar on Dorchester Avenue).

Those without gardens may opt to patronize the local farmer’s markets, with an ever-expanding list of locations including Lower Mills, Fields Corner, Codman Square, and now Peabody Square.  Read more

The global sea level rise and Dorchester

Predictions of global sea level rise are all over the map, with new studies and findings being released almost every week. Some, particularly those that imagine a total polar ice melt, would put our fair city under as much as 25 feet of water. But by the more responsible and scientifically defensible predictions, Dorchester’s coastline could rise anywhere from around one foot to 2 meters by the end of this century, depending on how well the world does curbing carbon emissions from fossil fuels.  Read more

Nobody injured in daylight gun battle near Mattapan Square

Boston Police report arresting two men after a gun battle between two gangs at Fremont and Babson streets on Wednesday.

Police responding to reports of gunfire around 2:05 p.m. found "an elderly male victim hiding behind his vehicle with an apparent bullet hole through the windshield" and that "Officers were able to locate a witness to the incident who informed them that a confrontation between two groups of youths occurred at the intersection of Fremont Street and Babson Street. The witness went on to state that the two groups exchanged gunfire before fleeing the area."

Dennis Levy, 22, of Boston, was charged with trespassing, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm on a public way, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling house, possession of a class B substance (crack cocaine) with the intent to distribute and possession of a class D substance (marijuana – civil violation issued). Also arrested, Dwayne Marcus Leaston-Brown, 19, of Boston, was charged with trespassing.

No going back: Dot’s right at home in city limits

Adam Pieniazek, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 4, 2009

Present day Dorchester lays claim to being the biggest part of Boston, in terms of land mass and population. But, big as it is today, Dorchester was once much, much larger.

At its height, the town of Dorchester nearly reached the Rhode Island border. It included parts of present day South Boston, Hyde Park, Roxbury, Foxboro, Dedham, Wrentham, Canton, Sharon, Raynham, Mattapan, Quincy, and the entire towns of Milton and Stoughton.

What if Dorchester had maintained those historical borders? What if Dorchester had, as one resident from the Boston annexation period was recorded saying by William Dana Orcutt in his book, Good Old Dorchester, “a few feet more depth of water along the ten miles of shore which formed her sea boundary?”

Would we be living in the City of Dorchester, with Boston as one of our neighborhoods?  Read more

Activists take aim at adult buyers in teen drinking crackdown

A coalition of activists who have been working to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the neighborhood are taking direct aim at adults who buy booze for under-age drinkers this week. The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) will roll out a “sticker shock” campaign today, placing warning labels on cases of beer and brown bags at Harbor Point Liquors on Morrissey Boulevard. The stickers read, “Hey You!!  Read more

Dot’s new ‘Mayor’ Bickerton plans to enjoy fruits of the title

Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2009

Steve Bickerton, Jr.: Mayor of Dorchester, 2009Steve Bickerton, Jr.: Mayor of Dorchester, 2009This year’s Dorchester Day will be presided over by the new honorary mayor of the neighborhood, the Honorable Stephen Bickerton, Jr. of Adams Village. With professional experience as Assistant Director of Facilities Management at MassBay Community College and his interest in public service, the 25 year-old Bickerton is poised to keep the civic machinery of Dorchester in tip-top shape. When not running in grueling local campaigns (he ran unopposed this year for the position — which is secured by raising funds for the parade committee) Bickerton enjoys weekends on Cape Cod, sailing and spending time with his friends.  Read more

Work agency for the disabled comes to Freeport Street

Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2009

An established human service organization is enlarging its operation and finding a new home in Clam Point. WORK Inc., a vocational and employment agency that trains mentally and developmentally disabled clients to join the workforce and helps guide them to employment, is moving their headquarters to the former Pollack Manufacturing building on Freeport Street in October.  Read more

Priest with strong Dot roots takes charge at St. Brendan’s

John Connolly’s career as a churchman has followed an uncommon trajectory. After stints as a deacon and a newly ordained priest at two Dorchester parishes in the mid-1990s, the Jamaica Plain native and Boston Latin School grad was called to serve at the highest level of the Archdiocese. Connolly was a personal secretary to Cardinal Bernard Law beginning in 1997 and served him through the height of the clergy abuse crisis that forced Law’s eventual departure.  Read more

MassEquality endorses Menino’s bid

In an early endorsement, the state’s largest gay rights group threw its support behind Mayor Thomas Menino in his bid for a fifth term. The political action committee for MassEquality, with 10,000 members in Boston and 200,000 statewide, touted the endorsement as its first on the municipal level. Scott Gortikov, in a statement, cited Menino’s “longtime support” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, along with his vocal advocacy for gay marriage, which Massachusetts legalized in 2004.  Read more

Wilkerson late filing financial disclosure data

As if former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson didn’t have enough problems: At the end of Tuesday, she was more than a month late in filing a required financial interest disclosure form. As a former elected official, she was supposed to file the form, known as a “statement of financial interest,” for 2008 with the state Ethics Commission by May 1. Her attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment.  Read more

At Dudley Street stop, Geithner sees ‘hope’ ahead

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sounded notes of optimism during a stop in Boston last Wednesday, calling the country’s recovery underway.

“The national economy is showing some initial signs of stability, confidence has improved, the financial system is starting to heal, credit is starting to ease a bit,” Geithner said during a press conference rolling out $1.5 billion in tax credits for nationwide organizations investing in “struggling neighborhoods.”

Geithner added, “This is just the beginning, however. We have a long way to go.”  Read more

Police: Woman who got tired of gridlock sends two cops to the hospital

Boston Police report a Dorchester woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly kicked one officer and dragged two more with her car in an attempt to bust out of a traffic jam and escape police.  Read more

Managing Editor Awarded a Shorenstein Scholarship at Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Jun. 2, 2009

Bill Forry, managing editor of the Dorchester Reporter newspaper, has been awarded a Shorenstein Scholarship at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was accepted into the mid-career master in public administration program. His program will begin this summer, and continue until June 2010. As Managing Editor, Forry oversees the weekly Dorchester Reporter and Mattapan Reporter, and the monthly Boston Haitian Reporter, as well as the website  Read more

Carney, agencies plan ‘resource day’ for June 13

With more economic woes hitting the news every day, the need for making your dollar stretch is growing and locally there are many low or reduced cost programs and services available that may help qualified residents in these challenging times. Carney Hospital will partner with over 20 local and state agencies in a community resource day to help those who may be struggling to make ends meet. The public is invited to attend the resource day on Saturday, June 13, 2009, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the hospital’s front parking lot. There will be free raffles and refreshments.  Read more

Pop-infused ‘Pirates’ finds new legs at the Huntington

Nowadays you’d have to keelhaul most young playgoers to get them to see an “operetta.” But since a Gilbert and Sullivan classic has been repackaged as a rollicking musical, audiences are going overboard in praising the Huntington Theatre Company’s season-closer.  Read more

Zipcar expands in Savin Hill

Slowly but surely, the rent-by-the-hour car company Zipcar is creeping into Dorchester, mostly along the path of MBTA’s Red Line.

One new car was added to the Savin Hill T Station site, one of eight locations in Dorchester. The sites are clustered around the JFK/UMass, Savin Hill, and Ashmont stations.  Read more

Four Corners groups appeal ISD decision

Four Corners Main Streets and the United Neighborhood Association (UNA) have both fired off letters to the Inspectional Services Department and the Zoning Board of Appeal railing against what they say is the legalization of an auto repair shop at the stroke of one inspector’s pen—in contradiction to zoning laws that have prevented it for years.  Read more

In state Senate, split vote on Suffolk County holidays

Dorchester’s state Senate delegation split last week in a vote on whether to eliminate Evacuation and Bunker Hill Days, holidays that are recognized only in Suffolk County. Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) voted to remove the two days as holidays, while Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) led the charge to keep them.  Read more