While Hyde Park is an unpretentious, somewhat underreported section of the city, two Globe articles recently highlighted our community.

The first is the announcement of the only LGBTQ-friendly senior citizen housing complex in New England (“A roof for LGBTQ seniors,” Business, Nov. 14). The local middle school, William Barton Rogers, which closed in 2015, will be converted into 74 units for seniors.

The second is the dedication of the bridge named for Sarah and Angelina Grimké on Hyde Park’s Dana Avenue (“Bridging the gap in history, Metro, Nov. 15). The Grimké sisters were 19th-century abolitionists and suffragettes who resided on Hyde Park’s Fairmount Hill and fought for the rights of women and minorities. This bridge is a tribute to two local trailblazers for equality and human rights.


Hyde Park’s past and future demonstrate the activism that continues to be emblematic of a neighborhood dedicated to its history, its diversity, and its reputation as a welcoming community.

Joseph J. Smith

Hyde Park