It was 4:46 pm when I walked into Carla Bethancourt ’s apartment, which was mostly empty except for a bed and some chairs because she is getting ready to move to Brookline. She walked out of her room in her casual, comfortable, home clothes.
Bethancourt went to West Roxbury Academy for high school. She moved to an apartment building in Hyde Park—where I also live—when she was 20-years-old. “I moved to Hyde Park because it was more peaceful. It was a bigger apartment, and since I was still going to school I liked the fact it was closer to the train station,” she said.
When she first moved into the building 10 years ago, she started to notice bad things such as neighbors playing loud music and the stairs being dirty. “I don't remember how many neighbors I’ve had or how many times I had to call 911 on them to put the music down,” she said.
Bethancourt tried to fix the loud music issue herself. “I've spoken to the Hyde Park committee and gave them information about what's going on in my building specifically, but none of that worked,” she said. Instead, she just got used to the music and decided to ignore it until she moves out.
Bethancourt is now 30-years-old and works full-time at Bank of America. Before she got to where she is in life right now, she struggled a little bit by working at Stop & Shop and many other low-paying jobs. She is now looking forward to a new start in Brookline. “Hopefully my neighbors are great,” she joked.