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In Grove Hall, community center becomes home away from home

Photo by Joshua Qualls By Ysabelle Kempe An unforgiving gust of wind washed over the Grove Hall Senior Center, a simple brick building on a quiet street that runs along the border of Dorchester and Roxbury. Ayana Green, 23, one of two full-time employees, greeted several women who had been waiting for the center to…

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Recovering from Opioid Addiction with Limited Treatment Options

One of Mara Zellman’s favorite drinks is an affogato: a scoop of vanilla ice cream sunk in espresso, served at one of Boston’s North End coffee shops. She sips it outdoors and barefoot, auburn hair tied in a loose spray at the nape of her neck, cross-legged in a strip of grass between Haymarket station…

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METCO: One Day for Students in a Voluntary Desegregation Program

Founded in 1966, the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, or METCO, is the longest-running voluntary desegregation program in the country. After its founding, METCO helped integrate some suburban schools. But most of Boston Public Schools remained heavily segregated. So in 1974, Boston schools faced a court-ordered mandate to fully desegregate, leading to the Boston Busing Crisis. Mandated…

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Transit Justice: T Riders Union

 The T Riders Union, or TRU, is a transportation advocacy program sponsored by Alternatives for Community and Environment, a nonprofit based in Dudley Square. TRU’s mission is to promote the needs of public transit riders and provide a platform for transit-dependent, low-income populations in Boston. TRU serves as a liaison between those riders and administrators for the Massachusetts…