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Creating Boston’s Latin Quarter

Long-time Boston resident Ken Tangvik discusses the work of the Hyde Square Task Force and its allies in transforming the Hyde-Jackson Square area of Jamaica Plain. In this talk, he describes the neighborhood that was labeled the “cocaine capital of New England” in the 1980’s and how community organizing, Afro-Latin arts and youth development were utilized to create a culturally and economically vibrant Latin Quarter of Boston. Ken Tangvik is the author of Don't Mess with Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston's Barrios.

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Don't Mess with Tanya

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Don't Mess with Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston's Barrios



Ken Tangvik

As Boston’s demographics shift, a subtle cultural revolution swirls ahead, opening doors of perception. Jazmin, a Latina teen, explores immortality on a basketball court in Jamaica Plain. Tanya, a young black woman from Dorchester, confronts a store-owner over racial profiling. Matt, an Irish thug from Charlestown, learns “what women want” at a Caribbean hair salon in Mattapan. Rosa, a beautiful Brazilian house cleaner in Brighton, tests out a theory with her dueling boyfriends. These characters and others crash, clash, and commune in loosely-linked provocative stories that explore themes of culture, race, immigration, violence, love and spirituality. The engaging urban tales propel the reader into everyday dramas that are transforming Beantown’s social fabric.

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