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Making Tech Work In Troubled Neighborhoods

David Price, director of Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, credits Mayor Menino with revolutionizing Dudley Square. But the development is concentrated. Further down Dudley Street toward Dorchester there’s hardly any construction and, according to the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, the per capita income drops to less than $16,000 a year. (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

David Price, director of Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, credits Mayor Menino with revolutionizing Dudley Square. But the development is concentrated. Further down Dudley Street toward Dorchester there’s hardly any construction and, according to the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, the per capita income drops to less than $16,000 a year. (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

Technology innovation is one of Boston’s great engines of prosperity. Look no further than Kendall Square in Cambridge or the rapidly developing Innovation District on the South Boston waterfront.

But the problem is that those clusters of tech innovation are…. well, really clustered.

Trying to jumpstart tech firms in minority neighborhoods like Dudley Square in Roxbury, where rent is cheap and the neighborhood is eager for economic development, has been a steep and slow uphill climb.

Guests

Callum Borchers, reporter for the Boston Globe, you can find his story on BetaBoston.

Gilad Rosenzweig, founder and executive director of Smarter in the City.


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