I live by Morton Street, close to Blue Hill Avenue. There are kids always sitting on my friend’s stoop, doing nothing but making noise, never listening, and riding up and down on their bikes. Some kid got jumped twice. My friend Melissa’s mother was yelling at the teens to get off the stairs. I feel as though during the summer I can’t walk to her house because they are always there and staring and trying to talk to me. One wrong look that was misread could turn into a fght. So we go to the nearby park, sit and play on the swings, and talk about life.
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Roxbury: “I’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff happen here”
Screen Shot 2013-08-16 at 10.11.57 PM I live in Egleston Square, a really confusing, sick, weird neighborhood. But it feels -- and will always feel -- like home. I was taught never to forget where you come from. I’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff happen here, like drug addicts always starting problems at McDonald’s. I guess that’s just life. I act normal and my days go by. No matter what happens here, it feels like everyone keeps their mouths shut, without one word. Except for the perverts, pedophiles, and more perverts. Down Washington Street, you see a bunch of drunk men waiting for girls my age to just hit on or try and flirt with. I just ignore it. I keep my head up. I block it out with my headphones, listening to reggaeton and bachata. Sometimes, serious problems with sexual harassment can occur. That’s when you see all the police reports. But I guess no one really seems to care. I mean, it’s always going on around here.
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My 'hood, this 'hood, the 'hood. My neighborhood near Warren Street is not only filled with wannabe thugs; we actually have church people, and maintenance men trying to keep our housing development nice and assist residents with anything. My community and the residents in it want a change. They do not stand for violence and we try to be respectful to each other. People’s worries about their kids’ safety decreases every year. Every single day I say, “Hey, how are you?” to the older lady who has lived here for years. She is my community's number one most positive, influential, polite lady who makes an effort for change. She says hi to everyone. When there are birthdays for kids she doesn’t even know, she buys presents. People want change, because they are tired -- tired of worrying so much, tired of not feeling safe, tired of the stupidity and violence. Just plain tired. Without people trying to get residents and kids involved in things, maintenance always having our back, the main office planning things for us, this community would be nothing. But that's what makes my community so special, because it’s not just some houses with people in them. It's the definition of change.
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Overall, my neighborhood in Hyde Park is boring. During the summer, the housing development is full of kids running around. I try to find people my age to hang out with. We play basketball, dodge ball, baseball. The management office tries to get all the kids to interact with each other. They throw parties, movie nights. They give teens jobs. My neighborhood is diverse. You see a lot of different cultures: Haitians, Hispanics, Africans -- all combined. We get along with each other. I feel safe there. You not only have your own family looking out for you; you have other people, too. Sometimes, boring can be good.
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My neighborhood is fun -- there are lots of things to do. We have basketball games and play football. Also, we have plenty of kids in this neighborhood so we will never be short on teams. We go around everywhere -- to the golf course and to the basketball court. Other times, the neighborhood can be very quiet, which is one of the many pluses. When we first saw the neighborhood, we knew it was the one, a really nice community and lots of friendly people. It took a while to get used to Boston, all the trains and buses we never had in South Carolina. So, if you are looking for a wonderful neighborhood, come on over to Roslindale, where I live.
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