Roxbury has been a vital neighborhood of Boston since the 1700s, when it was comprised of large farms. In the early 1900s, Roxbury served as the middle-class destination for many Jewish and Irish immigrants who were moving up from the tight quarters and urban poverty of other Boston neighborhoods. In the mid-1900s, Roxbury became a predominantly African-American community. At the same time, Roxbury was decimated by red-lining (discriminatory lending) by banks, and under-served by City services and schools.
Today Roxbury is home to more than 300 nonprofits serving a dense and diverse urban community. New immigrants and college students have moved in, along with people representing every race and ethnicity in the city. Thirty-five percent of the children living in Roxbury live in poverty; the annual household income is under $30,000. Dudley Square, the commercial hub of Roxbury, is currently undergoing major redevelopment which will no-doubt change the face of Roxbury once again.
Jericho Road Roxbury will be part of the future of Roxbury, working hand in hand with nonprofits to create a better neighborhood for all.