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Bill Walczak is no stranger to challenges

In the early 1970s, Codman Square was burning down. Block after desolate block had the charred remains of people’s homes. Arson-for-profit schemes proliferated.

Many of the residents who had raised families in those cramped three-deckers fled the neighborhood. Bill Walczak, newly married, moved in and later helped start a revival.

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