Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury are hot properties in the eyes of CVS, Walgreens and other general retailers, and some community activists are starting to question whether it's a good thing.
"I just want to raise the concern that could come from a lot of the small businesses on the street who do convenience-type business and the impact it would have on their business," said local resident Adam Gibbons at the Feb. 6 Codman Square Neighborhood Council meeting. Read more
A developer's plan to raze a decrepit house and install a shiny new three-decker in its place has stirred up resentment from a few with long memories. The developer Vu Quong's properties have been the center of controversy before. Read more
A Brockton woman was only a month behind on her mortgage payments in November when her son, who was the only one home at the time, received the vacate order.
A day and a half later, the impending foreclosure was reversed, thanks to officials at the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC), which works to develop affordable housing and owns about 700 units. Read more
A few legal matters are all that remain between neighbors of a vacant lot on Elmhurst Street and the playground they've envisioned there for more than ten years.
"I started when I had no kids," said Paul Malkemes, who lives in the Codman Square neighborhood and works at Boston Project Ministries a few doors down from the lot. "Now, I have three girls and still no park." Read more
Pastor Antoine Montgomery said he's been calling the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) every week for over a year. Last week, the calls may have paid off. DND is asking residents for input on the possible development of seven vacant lots situated around Montgomery's Prayer Tower Apostolic Church at 141 Norfolk St. in the Codman Square area.
The Codman Square Neighborhood Council met Sept. 5, but came to no conclusions as to how the lots should be used. The church has a master plan that could include all seven. Read more
Neighborhood concerns and confusion over which Boston Police District has jurisdiction in Codman Square have led activists to ask Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to look at relocating the district boundary between B-3 and C-11. The request, brought before the Commissioner at a community meeting in late May, received an enthusiastic response from the Commissioner at the time, and now appears to be under consideration within the department. Read more
May. 9, 2007
You probably never look at it, but Rev. Dr. Victor Price and Paul Malkemes do every day.
They are determined to turn the ivy-laden eyesore of rusted fences, decayed trees and dissipation known as Codman Cemetery into a magnetic, manicured haven for residents and curious historians throughout Codman Square and beyond. Read more
A collective concern for the well-being of Codman Square and curiosity among residents and neighborhood leaders eager to meet folks with similarly gregarious mindsets brought a crowd of about 70 people to the Dorchester YMCA last Saturday for a forum to discuss the quality of life in the Codman Square neighborhood. Read more
Officials from Mt. Washington Bank this week detailed their plans for a new branch office in Codman Square that is being hailed as a major investment along a forlorn stretch of Talbot Avenue. The $4 million project began late last month with the demolition of an unsightly and often controversial property that will now make way for a state-of-the art banking facility, the largest of its kind in the Mt. Washington portfolio. Read more
Thabiti Brown walks through the halls in the Codman Academy Charter School with confidence.
An air of assuredness might be expected from someone recently named one of America's best teachers, but it's clear that Brown draws his inspiration from a different source. "He's definitely real," says Noble Williams, a senior who has known Brown for four years. "He cares a lot about his students, and he doesn't try to make them like him." Read more