THE BEGINNINGS: Boston's first Blacks were carried here aboard the slave ship named "Desire" in 1638 by Puritans from Boston Lincolnshire England. Today 138,000 Boston blacks checked the African-American census box. Blacks make up 45 different ethnic groups and have produced the world's most influential cultures (HLGates.) Boston zip codes 02119, 02120, 02121 and 02126 cover Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods. They are Black Boston> says the UMASS/Trotter Institute. Boston Ma people of color are 53% of the population today and African immigrants have been the city's fastest growing population segment.
Thousands of new homes are going up for renters and home buyers but the price for rentals and purchases is rising against low mortgage interest rates. There is 10 times more demand for AFFORDABLE HOUSING than there is inventory to meet demand. You get affordable deals by lottery. You have to sign-up if you wnat a chance. And persons at income levels less than $110,00 per hear are eligible.
Here are the 10 Things you need to know if you rent a Boston apartment from the landlord. See your official legal rights and empower yourself.
Average home sales prices in 2013
Average House Prices per neighborhood: Dorchester $255,000 - $244,450; East Boston $252,750 - $245,000; Hyde Park $242,000 - $239,000; Mattapan $233,000 - $215,000; Roxbury $250,000 - $230,000; Citywide $369,500 - $362,000 dollars. source:CityofBoston.Gov/DND
Condo real estate prices in listed in 2012-2013 went up 10-12% by 2015.
$122,500 MATTAPAN $148,500 ROXBURY $175,000 HYDE PARK $212,500 DORCHESTER $227,500 EAST BOSTON $258,200 ALLSTON-BRIGHTON $260,000 ROSLINDALE $263,750 WEST ROXBURY $309,000 FENWAY/KENMORE $326,500 JAMAICA PLAIN $380,000 SOUTH BOSTON $421,625 CHARLESTOWN $555,578 SOUTH END $602,500 CENTRAL downtown area $665,000 BACK BAY BEACON HILL
Mapping your way thru Black Boston? ABB is taking questions.
Here's a new question from a reader.
Dear AboutBlackBoston.com: Where shall I take a 3 year olds for fun activities where its likely that there are African Americans playing there?"
ANS: We are still looking. Consider the Plaster and Play shops for fun hands-on activities parents and their kids can enjoy. And the Franklin Park Coalition offers different programs and outdoor activities connected to the Franklin Park Zoo and the Emerald Necklace green space. Chucky Cheese was suggested.
The Boys Clubs of America on Blue Hill or Talbot avenue are strongly recommended for their programs. Look over the Boston Parents Paper, its online, and consider the Boston Common playground near the frog pond and Beacon Hill.
You can Count On YPN - the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) to fill a void in your networking life. YPN is the sweet spot for ethnics who are 19 to 45 and desire to meet people via networking. For more information about YPN email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see event listings.
Black Boston | networks | There are over 987 professional firms and skilled trade African American owned business enterprise contacts listed our Smallwall.net Publicity Resource.
Collette Phillips produces GET KONNECTED! networking events turning out 300 to 600 people; the BDPA Metro West and MassSDO host business networking events.
The Partnership creates corporate connections for young people of color.
The Boston Black Student Network (BBSN) recruits hundreds of black students from 20 area colleges and universities BBSN. Boston, the walking city, is a networking town.
BLACK BOSTON TV is BASIC BLACK and more. The shows capture the stories, people, and issues that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond. The episodes are also streaming LIVE online and viewers are encouraged to comment online in real time.
COLOR magazine highlights professionals of color and is published by Color Media Group, LLC 781-433-6975.
The 2012 Boston Latino TV Access Awards will be held at the Royale Boston night club located at 279 Tremont St, Downtown Boston. Boston Latino TV is targeted to those who have an interest in Latino culture, opinions, ideas and lifestyles.
Black Boston History Destinations
The Museum of Afro-American History on Beacon Hill offers guided tours while exhibiting Colonial African American life in Boston.
The Robert Gould Shaw and U.S. 54th Regiment Memorial nearby has Civil War figures of Shaw and his decorated posse. Along the Black Heritage Trail is a stroll to the African Meeting House and beyond.... Condo develpment coverted Dr. Martin Luther King's apartment on Massachusetts Avenue. His former apartment was used during his Boston University years. The apartment is located near the Massachusetts Avenue MBTA Orange Line stop and just around the corner from the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Hall acoustic hideway, which anchors the corner bounded by Huntington Avenue, New England Conservatory, the Huntington Theatre and Pizzaria Uno's.
The Malcolm X House is in Roxbury where he lived with his half-sister near the Grove Hall community. Around the corner from Grove Hall sits the National Center of Afro-American Artists castle and tourist magnet.
Coming in via Logan International Airport? Our travel info page provides useful information for getting around town. View and download all MBTA public transportation routes and estimate taxi cab fares from Logan to over 300 towns in Massachusetts.
Berklee College of Music hosted African-American software producer
In a 1hr 21min video delinked by WGBH, Henry Louis Gates explained how he convinced Bill Gates to spend Microsoft's money creating the "Africana Encarta" multimedia software CD-ROM, and there was dRAMA. Wine. Dinner. Farrakhan. Fantasy! Money! BoJangles, in the conversation.
Haitian-Americans United, Inc. Mattapan wwww.hauinc.org
The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) is a non-profit organization founded in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Operations are in Mattapan, Ma. The organizations mission is to improve the quality of life for Haitians and Haitian-Americans through education, community empowerment and cultural development.
Greater Boston Ghanian Association - http://www.gagb.org
Africans in Boston - web site coming
Boston Pan-African Forum - www.bpaf.org
Black Business Pages view our list of investors for businesses owned by people of color and locate black, minority, and women owned businesses enterprises in Boston ma and Massachusetts state.
African American Massachusetts Tourist Profiles (2003 stats)
Who Tours Boston? What BLACKS visits BOSTON MA?
Numbers are way up since 2003 when an official report commissioned by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) was released. The report shows 16 million visitors came to the state in 2003. Most arrived July through September. Ninety-three percent of these visitors and tourists to Massachusetts were white.
2.7% were African American (400,000 rounded). 2.3% were Spanish or of Hispanic orgin, and 1.3% were Asian, while other ethnic groups were represented by 2.2% of all travelers. Most drove their own cars to get here and fifty-six percent of all visitors were residents of other New England states according to the report. Last year in 2013, the Logan International Airport and CruisePort shipdock venues saw 30,000,000 passenger visits combined so you know the numbers have for the Boston area.
Boston Black Church Worship Services and Historical Info
CHURCH REFERRALS Follow our link to view the black Boston church referral list and see locations where all religious faiths gather in Boston.