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In Bowdoin-Geneva, signs of hope amid economic isolation

The Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood in Dorchester has suffered from crime and instability for years, but not for a lack of effort by concerned residents and the City of Boston. A five-part Globe series last week highlighted not just the pain created by gang-related violence and poverty in the neighborhood, but also the myriad ways — successful and unsuccessful — in which residents push back against these ills.

Boston must continue its rather sophisticated efforts to keep up the pressure, through community policing and code enforcement, on individuals and homes that drag the neighborhood down. But the city and Bowdoin-Geneva residents must also look for solutions to an overarching problem: the economic isolation that afflicts the neighborhood and limits the prospects of so many in it.

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