Charles cannot believe a developer would be so stupid as to pull down a historic Beacon Hill building without a permit - and is equally amazed at what some builders are trying to foist on Dorchester, with the help of a lax city landmark code:
Sam Yoon has declared this the weekend of Dorchester and will be trying to convince people there to vote for him because he's from Dorchester. I thought at-large candidates represent the whole city. Hmm, I have one vote left; I think I'll vote for Matt O'Malley because, like me, he's from Roslindale. Sorry, Sam.
The Girl, Jewish and white, gets to thinking about the topic when she overhears two women - one on the ground, one on a third-floor balcony - talking about the weekend Caribbean carnival in Franklin Park:
Even Carpundit is alarmed at the lack of defense lawyers for poor defendants in Dorchester District Court:
... I'm about the last one to care what happens to criminals - I've spent my professional life fighting them - but I care a lot about the Constitution and about the fair administration of justice in this country. The breakdown needs to be fixed right now.
John, the blogging real-estate broker, says that despite what the Herald reported last month, single-family and condo prices in Dorchester are not falling this year:
... Actually, this is now really burning my ass. I am all for a serious discussion about the housing market and bubbles, and all that, but people have to use real data and be educated, if they want to be taken seriously.
The Cedar Grove Civic Association recently voted against the use of a local house as a group home for the mentally retarded. For shame, Christopher says:
Jodie gets e-mail from the tenant of John Beresford, the man murdered in the park he'd done so much to fix up:
... John and Adam were/are such great people and it breaks our heart to know this happened for only $40 in a purse.
On the 375th anniversary of First Parish Church in Dorchester, Charles offers a history of the early days of the neighborhood - which was actually founded before Boston:
... Those who met in Plymouth, England to come to Dorchester were carefully selected: two ministers, two magistrates of the Massachusetts Bay Company, which had invested in the journey, several older men with adult families, and a group of single or just married men. In this last group we see the names that have stayed in Dorchester's history: Stoughton, Clap, Minot, Hall, Strong. Some men were chosen for their military experience. On March 20, 1630 this group elected the Reverends John Warham and John Maverick their leaders, and embarked on the Mary and John for America. ...
Charles shows you just can't always believe what you read. The Globe today printed an AP "This Day in History" blurb that the first town meeting in America was in 1743 in Faneuil Hall. In fact, the first town meeting was Oct. 8, 1633 in the town of Dorchester.
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