The Dorchester Resources and Advocacy Program, a targeted outreach program for at-risk youth, is just beginning its work in the former home of the Dorchester Youth Academy at 1532 Dorchester Ave.
It arrived with little fanfare in June, and began taking names of gang and court involved youth from probation officers and the Department of Youth Services in the Bowdoin-Geneva, Uphams Corner and Fields Corner areas in July. Read more
Sep. 10, 2008
The Vietnamese-American Initiative for Development's board of directors has apparently decided against meeting a group of insurgent community members with a third-party arbitrator, instead telling them they are free to meet with an arbitrator on their own. Read more
Sep. 3, 2008
The developer of a proposed 29-unit affordable housing building in Fields Corner was asked to make changes to the project and negotiate with abutters late last month, forcing at least a six-month delay. Some observers--pairing the opposition to this project with blockers of a smaller four-story building at the former site of the Lucky Strike Bowling Alley--note a developing trend in Fields Corner that is anti-density, hamstringing sizable investment in the area. Read more
A popular teen program that shepherds tourists down the side streets and lost histories of the South End is being courted for a possible expansion into Fields Corner.
Historic Boston Inc. helped bring a stable of Fields Corner figures together for a MyTown tour of the South End's Columbus Avenue last Wednesday and afterward feted tourists and tour guides alike at a Vietnamese noodle shop nearby, all to help put a new spotlight onto the corner's history. Read more
Drama continued this week between the board and new directors of Viet-AID and supporters of former director and Vietnamese community leader Hiep Chu, who was fired on July 18. Last Saturday, over 80 of those supporters and others coalesced as "Concerned Community Members" at a meeting in the Vietnamese-American Community Center.
"The problem is we cannot communicate with someone who's not here," said attorney Vy Truong, who has on office nearby on Dorchester Avenue, at the meeting. "They show us how disrespectful they are to us, the people who vote for them." Read more
Jul. 30, 2008
A group of businesspeople, seniors and other Vietnamese community members are demanding an explanation from Viet-AID's board of directors for dismissing executive director Hiep Chu. The group called a meeting for this coming Saturday to confront the board, ask questions, and "voice the member's level of confidence with the current Viet-AID's board of directors." Read more
For a handful of abutters, a proposed affordable housing development at Geneva Avenue and Bloomfield Street is too tall, too dense, and too short on parking.
For six nearby civic associations and Main Streets organizations, other abutters and several civic activists, it's much-needed rental housing and retail that would fill in a vacant lot less than 100 feet from the Fields Corner MBTA Station. Read more
Jul. 9, 2008
In the Fields Corner section of Dorchester you'll find pizza shops, Chinese restaurants and a McDonalds fast food spot. But what some residents have been starving for is a taste of their Caribbean roots. And the newly opened Belle Cuisine on Adams Street is offering just that.
The Haitian-American restaurant opened its doors about a month ago and is already a hot spot for local residents and especially the Haitian community. The restaurant's owner, Antoine Dorcena, says residents no longer have to go far outside of their neighborhood to find a place that will cater to their needs. Read more
The MBTA - facing an ongoing battle with graffiti near its Fields Corner station -all but jumped on a request for space to paint a mural there from the domestic violence prevention organization Close to Home recently.
"When the general manager got this in, this is something he wanted to do anyway, coming from a good community organization" said GM Daniel Grabauskas's chief of staff Kris Erickson. "But when we found out later that it would also be a benefit to us, it sounded like a slam dunk." Read more
Ever since brothers Enos and Isaac Field opened up a little store there almost 200 years ago, the corner of Adams Street and Dorchester Avenue has been known as Fields Corner. Today it is a bustling 'urban cluster' of shops, restaurants and other businesses, many of them owned and run by Vietnamese-Americans.
Historic Boston Incorporated began looking at ways to illuminate that arc of history last December, when it chose the corner as one of two pilots for historic renovation of neighborhood centers in the city, and some of the early results of their research are in. Read more