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Two women dance with each other as they lead a march from Boston City Hall through the South End and to Lower Roxbury on June 7.

People of Roxbury and the South End – A photo essay

William Condon, Reporter December 16, 2020

Roxbury and the South End are two unique and rapidly changing Boston neighborhoods with fascinating stories and events happening in recent months. Photographer William Condon visited the neighborhoods...

Protestors at Thursday rally. Photo: Mayra Parrilla Guerrero.

South End, Roxbury residents organize rally on Mass & Cass

Ha Ta and Mayra Parrilla Guerrero September 4, 2020

Residents, business owners of South End and Roxbury and advocates came together on Thursday for a rally at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street to demand actions from city officials...

Mary Savoca, co-founder of sustainable fashion boutique, Ash and Rose. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Changemaker: Mary Savoca, co-owner of South End sustainable fashion boutique

Nia Beckett November 7, 2019

Amid an industry saturated with fast fashion brands, Mary Savoca, 30, prioritizes sustainability at South End boutique Ash & Rose. Growing up, Mary Savoca learned from her mother, Nea Savoca, to be...

More Than Words Graduate Mehki Jordan on stage with other finalists for Small Business Awards at eBay Open. Photo courtesy of eBay.

South End bookseller wins national award for empowering youth

August 28, 2019

By Catherine McGloin More Than Words, a nonprofit bookseller based in Boston’s South End, won eBay’s Small Business of the Year Award earlier this month, beating 1,600 other retailers across the country...

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.

South End: Where have All the Activists Gone?

Veer Mudambi December 7, 2018

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 of the few...

Joel Richards

City council race: Joel Richards running for District 4

Riley Robinson, Reporter February 25, 2021

Joel Richards, a Boston elementary school teacher, is running for Boston City Council to represent District 4, an area that includes parts of Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Mattapan and Roslindale. Andrea...

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City of Boston’s response to COVID-19: the latest updates

Stay informed about how Mayor Martin Walsh is protecting Boston residents with this timeline of orders and initiatives issued by the mayor's office. We will update this page as news breaks and provide resources when available.
Ha Ta, Editor-in-chief February 25, 2021

Read about how we're covering COVID-19 and our sustained commitment to telling stories of hope, justice and resilience. We covered how the City of Boston has been responding to COVID-19. Now, as...

City council hearing to discuss strategies that will ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is equitably distributed, especially to communities who are hardest hit.

Boston officials, medical professionals & community leaders discuss equitable vaccine distribution

Molly Swanton, Reporter February 11, 2021

How to ensure equity and accessibility in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Boston was the front and center issue at the city council hearing held via Zoom on Tuesday. Boston city councilors discussed...

Mass/Cass community frustrated with city’s approach to houselessness and addiction crisis

Mass/Cass community frustrated with city’s approach to houselessness and addiction crisis

Kelly Chan, Reporter December 22, 2020

Growing up in the Roxbury and South End neighborhood, Yahaira Lopez is one of many who has cut through Clifford Park to get to Target and Stop & Shop.  Now, she can’t bear to walk through it. The...

Black Voices Boston tells personal stories over the pandemic through dance performances

Black Voices Boston tells personal stories over the pandemic through dance performances

Ryan Corbin, Reporter December 6, 2020

As the pandemic continues and the majority of art performances are cancelled or moved online, a choreographer director got creative in keeping his dancers engaged while telling Bostonians’ personal stories...

This student (in several photos) is Frank Mastroianni, a second-year political science and international affairs student and a member of NEU Votes. He greeted and directed voters in Matthews Arena until 9pm.

Boston Election Day Updates

Updates from what's happening at polling locations in different Boston neighborhoods today

Election Day 2020 is here and the Scope will be giving you updates on what's happening at polling locations in different Boston neighborhoods including West Roxbury, the South End and Fenway. The 2020...

Josh Trautwein, founder of About Fresh

Changemaker: About Fresh aims to reduce disparities in diet-related diseases

When Josh Trautwein was working in community health, he noticed a disconnect between the types of food that healthcare providers would recommend and the types of food that his patients had access to.
Maya Homan, Reporter October 8, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, produce and organic goods can be out of reach for many people, either because they are too expensive or because there is no nearby grocery store that sells them. So Josh...

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