Welcome to our Dorchester Report Card! Dorchester is the largest neighborhood in the city and is filled with a diverse mix of residents from countries across the globe including Vietnam, Haiti, Ireland, The Caribbean, and Latin America. Such diversity makes this neighborhood a destination for cultural vibrancy, and is home to some of the best pho (Field’s Corner community) and Haitian pate (Blue Hill Avenue) on the planet. Dorchester is also the home of Franklin Park, which the city describes as the “crown jewel” of the Emerald Necklace Park System, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Franklin Park occupies close to 550 acres of green space and includes a public golf course and the Franklin Park Zoo.
However, Dorchester is also inundated with major roads (Blue Hill Avenue, Columbia Road, Dorchester Avenue and Interstate 93), rail/subway (MBTA red line) lines, bus lines, and aircraft traffic from Logan International Airport. This conglomeration of transportation networks contributes to high neighborhood ambient noise levels. Dorchester has the highest volume of noise complaints (and is in the top 3 for neighborhoods with the highest per capita noise complaints) in the city.
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