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Rudy Mitchell

The article correctly identifies the historical boundary between Roxbury and Boston. However, the conclusion based on architectural styles is not adequately supported. There are buildings on the Hammond Street side of Mass. Ave. that are the same architecture as buildings on the other side of Mass. Ave.(For example along Tremont Street, and also on Northampton Street.) Many other buildings are no longer extant. Over time the area called the"South End" has shifted from close to Bay Village. Considering the historic Roxbury -Boston boundary and the current BRA definition, I think Melnea Cass Blvd. is close enough to Hammond Street to be considered the South End Roxbury boundary on that side.


Roxbury has been shrinking for decades. The South End, once clearly part of Roxbury, is now not associated with that neighborhood, except by a few old timers and in a few official designations. Now the South End itself is expanding and encroaching on Dudley Square-- the original center of Roxbury! Jamaica Plain, and of course, West Roxbury, were lost long ago. The Longwood Medical Area is part of Roxbury-- just call information for the Harvard Medical School and they have it listed, surprisingly, as being in Roxbury. However, Mission Hill is also part of Roxbury, not Jamaica Plain, as many students like to think. Ultimately, Roxbury will continue to shrink as realtors attempt to disassociate potential develpoment areas from a well known black community. Like it or not, racism is a big player here.

Mark B

Much of today's South End was once under shallow water, so it couldn't have been Roxbury, which was the mainland directly south of Boston.

The Mission Hill people seem to be particularly nutty about being their own neighborhood. "Not Roxbury" is their mantra, whether inspired by racism or property values.

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