What to do with open plots in Dudley Square?

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March 20, 2017 – Cecilia Nardi, a planner with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, leads a workshop on “Housing Creation” at the Boston Public Library in Dudley Square. The workshop is part of an ongoing community process that will determine development priorities for a series of city-owned land parcels in the neighborhood. Nardi described the redevelopment of this land as a “historic opportunity” for the city and neighborhood. Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 20, 2017 – Joao DePina of Roxbury speaks during a workshop on “Housing Creation” held by the Boston Planning and Development Agency at the Boston Public Library in Dudley Square. DePina, who is currently running for the City Council seat in District 7, has been an active participant in the community development process, and a vocal critic of proposals he believes will lead to the “gentrification” of the neighborhood. Photo by Ian Coss.
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April 23, 2017 – Jason Ryan of Roxbury looks from his front steps over Bartlett Yard, one of several city-owned land parcels slated for redevelopment in the Dudley Square area. The site was formerly used as a bus yard by the MBTA, but it has been abandoned for several years. Ryan is supportive of the development plans, which could include a Harvest Co-Op, retail space, a charter school, and several hundred units of housing—“I just hope it doesn’t mess up the view.” Photo by Ian Coss.
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April 28, 2017 – Dermot Kiernan of Dorchester oversees work at Bartlett Yard, one of several city-owned land parcels being redeveloped in the Dudley Square area. The crew is drilling pits and filling them with gravel in order to stabilize the soil ahead of construction. One goal of this development process is to support local contractors, including Kiernan’s firm Crosswinds Enterprises, which is based on Humboldt Ave, about one mile from this site. Photo by Ian Coss.
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April 28, 2017 – Howard Carter of Kingston stands in the Blair Lot in Roxbury’s Dudley Square—named for the Blair’s Foodland that once occupied the site. Carter, who was born in 1927 at the nearby Boston City Hospital, remembers when Dudley Square was one of the busiest commercial districts in Boston. “They had two movie houses here,” he said, gesturing towards Washington St.—“They tore them all down.” Photo by Ian Coss.
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April 24, 2017 – A portion of the Blair Lot, one of several city-owned land parcels slated for redevelopment in Boston’s Dudley Square area. These open lots—the result of decades of urban decay and attempts at urban renewal—are now coveted development opportunities. Steve Barry, who manages a property abutting this lot and asked not to be photographed, recalls that when he bought real estate in this neighborhood twenty years ago, prices were low, and “everything was for sale.” Photo by Ian Coss.
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Feb. 12, 2017 – A man who goes by Palmer sells cigarettes in front of the shuttered storefront of Nubian Notion on Dudley Street in Boston. The boutique and convenience store had anchored this corner of Roxbury’s commercial district for a half century, and its closing is one of many changes sweeping the neighborhood. For Palmer, it’s an opportunity: he sells individual cigarettes from under the store’s awning for one dollar apiece. “This is how I make my money.” Photo by Ian Coss.
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April 24, 2017 – Courtney Sharpe, the senior planner for Roxbury and Mattapan with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, leads a workshop on “Economic Development” at the Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square. Community participants had the opportunity to weigh different possibilities for job creation, such as incentivizing major firms to relocate to the area, and establishing incubators spaces for local entrepreneurs. Photo by Ian Coss.
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May 1, 2017 – Tony Hernandez (on the right, in blue), who chairs the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee (RSMPOC), sits alongside City Councilor Tito Jackson (immediately to the right) and other members of the committee in a meeting at the Boston Public Library in Dudley Square. The meeting included presentations from local developers and city planners on their respective projects, including a proposed 25-story mixed use tower in the heart of Dudley Square. Photo by Ian Coss.
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April 24, 2017 – A view of Washington St. from the Bolling Municipal Building in Boston’s Dudley Square. The redevelopment of this site, which incorporated the ornate façade and rounded windows of the former Ferdinand’s furniture store, was an important catalyst for the ongoing development plans in the neighborhood. Discussing the project in a recent public meeting, City Councilor Tito Jackson said: “I always thought the Bolling Building should have been taller.” He may soon get that chance to see the Roxbury skyline rise. Photo by Ian Coss.
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