Sketched in 1781 by Des Barres, the above-work titled "Boston Road to Dorchester", depicts the view of Boston from our neighborhood.
Welcome to the John W. McCormack Civic Association! The purpose of our volunteer Association is to help maintain and improve the quality of life in our North Dorchester neighborhood by working in partnership with the city government, local businesses and other community organizations to bring about civic betterment and social improvements for the good of our residents and the welfare of our community.
You are invited to browse our website to find out more about our Association, our work and how you can become more involved in making your neighborhood an outstanding place to live, work and enjoy.
Holiday Wreath Hanging on Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street
Thank you to all our neighbors and friends who generously donated their time, energy, skills, equipment and vehicles to place and secure Holiday Wreaths on 84 light posts on our neighborhood's two main streets; Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street from Columbia Road to Washburn Street.
The wreaths and our two main streets look fabulous thanks to everyone who pitched in on Saturday, 23rd November 2013.
Neighborhood Public Art Worth Exploring:
The Clapp's Favorite Pear sculpture celebrates the history of Dorchester as fertile agricultural land, when the area near Edward Everett Square was part of a 300-acre estate and orchard where the Clapp's Favorite Pear was first grown in the 1880's. Known for it's sturdy skin and sweet interior, the pear serves as a metaphor for the people of Dorchester. Five quotes circle the base of the pear sculpture and describe the stewardship that characterizes this community over time.
The ten smaller artworks (Dorchester Voices/Dorchester History) reflect the lives of those who have passed though this important intersection. Each work juxtaposes experiences of different residences over time as two or three different personal quotes circle a sculptural still-life to reflect common stories from different epochs around the same theme. Designed to engage people through intimate touch and the exciting transformation of common materials into bronze, the artwork draws poetic comparison so local residents and visitors alike can understand and appreciate Dorchester's unique history.
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Did you know...
... several of the streets in your neighborhood are named after pears grown on the Clapp estate? Dorset, Harvest and Mount Vernon are examples of such.