The yellow three-decker at the end of Hendry Street once loomed over Bowdoin-Geneva, a symbol of the blight and violence that riddled the neighborhood just a few years ago.
With a new owner, though, the house at 37 Hendry St. marks a departure from days of boarded-up windows, drug gangs, and gunshots.
“This house right here? I hated this house,” said Boston Police Superintendent William Gross to a laughing crowd of residents gathered on the street Saturday. “Every time I look at this house from now on, this is a positive thing, showing what you can do when you work together. This is going to be my trophy house now.”
Banners of world flags strung between homes fluttered in the breeze at Saturday’s fourth annual neighborhood block party. The sky was a rich, clear blue, the pavement hot on the feet of dozens of children chasing balls and showing off their new face paint: a Minnie Mouse here, a Hello Kitty there.
The mood was one of joy unburdened by worry, a dramatic evolution from the palpable anxiety there just a few years ago.
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