The Neighborhood's Story

In 2012, the Boston Globe undertook a year-long effort to understand the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. For decades, journalists have been reporting shootings and homicides there – rushing to crime scenes and then leaving to file their articles on time. The Globe wanted to tell a more complete story of the neighborhood.

Two journalists – one of them originally from Dorchester – moved into an apartment in Bowdoin-Geneva in the Summer of 2012. With the help of videographers, photographers, data journalists, multimedia producers, editors, and fellow reporters, they spent a year learning this neighborhood. Learn what they did and how they did it at this open MIT event. If you can’t attend in person, check out the live blog at

Alexa Mills
Director of Media Projects
MIT Community Innovators Lab
Department of Urban Studies and Planning