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Life in Mission Hill: From housing projects to homeowner

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When Rose Miller bought her current home on Oscar Street in 1997, she knew that she was returning to a changing neighborhood. “People would tell me, ‘Don’t buy [a house] in Mission Hill,’” she said. “But I thought, ‘Well eventually the neighborhood was going to change,’” Miller said. “But I didn’t expect it to change…

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Egleston Square: A City Divided in Life and Death

By Story Hinckley, Hanyang Dong, Yinglong Chen Two stops on the Orange Line. That’s all it takes to erase a quarter-century off of your life. Boston is a city segregated by race, income and education. No statistic, however, shows Boston’s inequality in starker terms than the variance in life expectancy rates across the city. Parts…

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Forest Hills: Neighborhood in Transit

Construction wraps up at the Forest Hills station, where pedestrians, cyclists and drives each have newly designated routes. Photo by Andy Robinson. Story by Zach Ben-Amots, Jianou Han & DJ Wassick Forest Hills only has two consistent, defining features: change and a train station. For at least five years, the Forest Hills station has been…

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South End: Where have All the Activists Gone?

South End residents protested affordable housing losses in the 1960s. Today, activism is far more rare. Photo provided by Northeastern University, Archives and Special Collections Division. By Veer Mudambi, Yuan Tian & Abhishek Majumdar “Urban renewal” programs are not uncommon in city neighborhoods, but typically the process occurs only once. Boston’s South End is one…

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Downtown Crossing: A Story of Urban Revival

By Patrick Strohecker, Ruobing Su, Ronnie Zhang At 4:30 p.m. on a Saturday in early February, a flood of people exited the Boston Opera House on Washington Street following the conclusion of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The King of Opera: Love Never Dies.” Just a few blocks away, at the intersection of Washington and Summer Streets,…

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Life in Mission Hill: Grammar school principal urges college students need to ‘give back’ to the Hill

As the principal of Mission Grammar School, Ali Dutson, 35, has hundreds of children. Her school is part of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, which sits atop Mission Hill. The soft-spoken, yet charismatic 35-year-old began her teaching career in 2001 as a tutor at Mission Grammar. At the time, she was studying at Emmanuel…

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Life in Mission Hill: With a lack of affordability, attorney looks to care for neighborhood

Justin Brogden, 31, has lived in Mission Hill for three and half years. He loves it. “You could be in [downtown] Boston within 20 minutes,” he said. Brogden admitted that the biggest challenge facing the neighborhood is the affordability. “It used to be an area that was pretty affordable. However, it is becoming less and…

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Life in Mission Hill: Concerned on gentrification, families of color being pushed out

“My most vivid memory,” said 25-year-old Breannah Conward-Lewis, ”is learning that the Tobin Community Center has a backyard space with a garden. It gives me hope for having those kind of resources in the city. Just seeing the community gather back there made me really happy.” As a youth development coordinator for the city of…