Founded in 1630, Dorchester is Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood, home to nearly one quarter of Boston’s residents. The neighborhood’s historical diversity is expressed in its architecture, from the old Victorian homes of wealthy Bostonians to ubiquitous traditional triple-deckers.

In the early 1950s, Dorchester was a center of civil rights activism. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived there for much of the time he attended Boston University for his PhD. Dorchester's demographic diversity has been a well-sustained tradition of the neighborhood, and long-time residents blend with more recent arrivals from Jamaica, Haiti, Vietnam, and Cape Verde. Dorchester Avenue (“Dot Ave.”) is energized by immigrant-owned businesses and connects a number of Dorchester's communities and commercial districts.

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Cover image: Triple-decker houses. Source unknown.