Incorporated in 1630 and annexed by Boston in 1870, Dorchester is the City’s largest and most diverse neighborhood being 9.46 miles Long time immigrant residents include those from Ireland, Vietnam and Cape Verde. Fields Corner is the heart of the Vietnamese community in Boston and the nation’s first Vietnamese Community center. Franklin Park, considered the “crown jewel” of the Emerald Necklace Park System is located here. The Park is made up of 527 acres of green space, a zoo and 18 hole municipal golf course. Neighborhood pride is strong in Dorchester with smaller communities within the neighborhood such as: Codman Square, Jones Hill, Meeting House Hill, Pope’s Hill, Savin Hill, Harbor Point, Lower Mills and Port Norfolk. In the summertime, residents can enjoy Malibu and Tenean beaches. The University of Massachusetts is a major tenant in this area.
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