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Last updated: 5/15/19

Dorchester

The biggest and most diverse neighborhood in the City.

The largest neighborhood in Boston is also one of the most diverse. Long-time residents mingle together with new immigrants from Vietnam, Cape Verde, Ireland, and many other countries.

This wonderful mix of residents from all cultures and backgrounds makes it an incredibly vibrant place to live, work, and spend time. Former residents can often be seen and heard claiming to be “OFD” — Originally From Dorchester.

Dorchester
Boston, MA 02121, 02122, 02124, and 02125
United States

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May 16

Bike share expansion and start of 2019 bike program series announced

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May 13

Applications for the 2019-2020 SPARK council now open

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May 13

Parks Department announces 2019 Fenway Challenge Series

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May 8

Demolition Delay application: 1403 Dorchester, Dorchester

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About the neighborhood

Field’s Corner

Field’s Corner is the heart of the Vietnamese community in Boston. There you’ll find the first Vietnamese Community Center in the country and the best Vietnamese restaurants in the City. Dorchester Avenue is the center of the business district and features restaurants, local small businesses, pharmacies, ethnic stores, and more.

Franklin Park

Dorchester is also home to Franklin Park, the “crown jewel” of the Emerald Necklace Park System. The park has more 527 acres of green space, a zoo, and public golf course. Among the dozens of other parks in the neighborhood, recently renovated Pope John Paul II Park offers numerous walking and bike paths, athletic fields, and picnic areas with beautiful views of Boston Harbor and the Neponset River.