Boston launches neighborhood walks against violence

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Written by Colin A. Young

As a summer that included spates of violence in the city’s neighborhoods winds to a close, Boston city and police officials plan to join community members for a series of walks this week through some of the neighborhoods marred by violence.

City officials hope the walks, organized by the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, will be an “immediate and tangible step” toward engaging more members of some city neighborhoods and reducing violent crime.

“We know there is more work to be done to end violence in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Martin Walsh said in a statement. “Now is the time that we must come together as one community to find the solutions that create neighborhoods that are safe for our children and our families.”

The walks, which began Monday along Columbia Road in Dorchester, will bring people into the streets of Dorchester and Mattapan, two neighborhoods that “have witnessed and suffered from the most recent acts of violence,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.

Tuesday’s walk will begin at the Walgreens at 120 Bowdoin St. in Dorchester; Wednesday’s will step off from the Talbot Street Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester; Thursday’s walk will start at the District B-3 police station in Mattapan; and Friday’s walk is scheduled to begin at Mattapan’s Norfolk Park. Saturday’s walk is also slated for the Talbot Street Boys and Girls Club. All walks begin at 6 p.m.

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