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Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Location: Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Dr, Boston, MA 02120

By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or had used arson to raze buildings and make insurance claims. Facing what many considered insurmountable obstacles, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was formed to create a comprehensive plan for “development without displacement.”