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Last updated: 7/8/19

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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Boston Parks Summer Fitness series
Sep 18

Summer fitness series: Line dancing in Dorchester

Boston Parks Summer Fitness series
Sep 21

Summer fitness series: Yoga in Dorchester

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Sep 21

Clubhouse patio opening at the William J. Devine Golf Course

Boston Parks Summer Fitness series
Sep 23

Summer Fitness series: Strength training in Dorchester

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Aug 22

Open Newbury Street, Caribbean Carnival Parades

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Aug 6

Demolition Delay application: 3 Dorset Street, Dorchester

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BCYF Mirabella Pool
Jul 18

Mayor declares heat emergency, opens BCYF Cooling Centers and pools to residents

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Jul 11

Groundbreaking held for $18.3m renovation of Adams Street Branch Library

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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.