My neighborhood around Homestead Street is fun and friendly, especially when it comes to the summer block party. The street can’t have any cars parked that day. There are huge speakers that play music, and everybody has a great time. There are lots of new people every year, so it’s fun to meet them. We play games and have prizes for winners and eat and dance. It’s nice to come together as a community to make a pact to stop violence in Boston and around the world. My community is filled with people who care. I like my community just the way it is.
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I am going to introduce you to my neighborhood, Hyde Park. It is quiet and friendly, and I would not like to move from there. In the summer, when my cousins come over, we go to this little forest where you can walk, run, or bike. Later, we do a cookout and eat tacos, burgers, hot dogs. Sometimes, when it gets dark, my cousins and I go outside and we play Man Hunt among the nice houses -- like hide and seek, only with teams. My family is big, and we have fun be- cause we do things together. There are a lot of old people in my community, so it is quiet. I am proud to live there.
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I live in a quiet neighborhood, Roslindale. There are many different kinds of people: Spanish people, African-American people, Asian people. It’s mostly safe, but sometimes crazy things happen. On a recent Sunday, I went to get some snacks. I spotted three ladies walking around the store looking for something. When I got closer, I heard them talking gibberish, and they also looked lost. I grabbed two bags of chips and some soda. When I went to pay for it, one of the women cut right in front of me. I ignored her, but then she took my stuff and tried to walk away. She looked drunk or high. I let her have it because she seemed like she needed it. It’s a helpful neighborhood, my neighborhood. Everyone looks out for each other.
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Dorchester: “Over the years, many people have worked hard to build a community”
Gang violence. Losing loved ones. Many people think of hurtful things when my neighborhood, Dorchester, first pops into their heads. But my thoughts are not that bad towards Dorchester. Over the years, many people have worked hard to build a community, and two years ago something amazing happened. They opened the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center on Dudley Street, near Uphams Corner. The Community Center has pulled people together. The first time I visited, I was shocked. I didn't expect to find such a place in my neighborhood. It was bigger than what I thought it would be. I just stared around at everything. Inside, there is an aquatic center with an amusement-park-style slide. There’s a gym, basketball court, climbing station, and even a chapel. Outside, there’s a park with slides and a water fountain shaped like a lion. The Kroc Center is a place where good, caring people show you around, and all different races get to know each other. I saw one of my friends from elementary school there. She said I looked the same, and I said she looked the same. We sat and talked.
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Roslindale: "People are really friendly and helpful"
I live in a small and beautiful place called Roslindale. There are different kinds of restaurants.There is also a hospital, a library, and various schools. There are beautiful parks, very clean with swings and slides. People are really friendly and helpful. If you have an emergency, they will call police or an ambulance for you. Many of the people who live here are old, and they are nice. I think it is a really safe place to live. Mostly you hear the sound of cars and buses. More people are settling in Roslindale, new faces day by day. It is looking more crowded.
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