“In 1968, a group of predominately Puerto Rican community activists successfully stared down the bulldozers of urban renewal and organized to gain control over the development of their neighborhood– a seminal moment in the history of affordable housing, civil rights and community organizing in the city of Boston. Today, Villa Victoria, the 435 unit housing community of 3,000 multicultural residents that they developed, remains an affordable housing oasis in Boston’s gentrified and affluent South End neighborhood, because of the efforts of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA).”
The top photograph is part of the IBA archives at Northeastern University, which includes records of IBA, Villa Victora, and the Emergency Tenant’s Council (ETC), the nonprofit that developed Parcel 19 into Villa Victoria. Many of the images that I will be posting come from the archives, which include everything from meeting minutes to photographs taken by residents over several decades.
The second photograph was taken this afternoon.