Councilor John R. Connolly steps from his car at Humboldt Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, an expansive intersection in the heart of Roxbury with subsidized housing on each corner, save one. On that one, a vacant lot sits next to two hair salons in a brick building.
He quickly ducks down and into the garden level, Charlene’s Hair Salon, looking for the boss. It turns out she’s not there.
“Tell her I came by,” he says before heading next door to Hair Kingdom.
It’s a Tuesday afternoon, so only one woman sits under a hair dryer with her hair in curlers. Come back on a Friday evening or Saturday morning if you want to catch a crowd, Hair Kingdom owner Mamie Dorsey-O’Neal tells Connolly.
But since he’s here, she wonders something: “You know some architects?”
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