Welcome!


Southwest Boston CDC is a community driven organization committed to our neighborhoods’ best assets – its residents, businesses, and environment. 

Since 2001, we have been working to engage community members in the preservation and development of their neighborhood through a wide variety of programs.


We are committed to equity – Embracing and drawing in all residents; long-time mainstays, newcomers full of potential, and vulnerable populations. Working towards creating transit equity, affordable housing, and engaging people from all walks of life with our arts, cultural, and environmental events.

The Hyde Park Green Team – our youth jobs and environmental stewardship program – here youth learn teamwork and build confidence during program orientation

The annual Boston Shines Day - 2011

The annual Boston Shines Day – community clean up at urban wilds


We are building the neighborhood. Our work in development, workforce training, transit equity, and Placemaking are focused on the communities along the Fairmount Line in Hyde Park. Our goal is to draw in stakeholders who are interested in making our part of the city more vibrant, inclusive, and economically strong.

Larry Watson and Crew sing soulfully at Lighting the Line – Arts and Culture Events in the heart of the Hyde Park business district

Neighbors of all ages admire work of local artists at the Menino Arts Center pop up art gallery at Fairmount Station

Neighbors of all ages admire work of local artists at the Menino Arts Center pop up art gallery at a celebration of Transit Equity for the Fairmount Line.


We envision sustainability. Our urban wilds restoration work, anti-littering education, and innovative Goatscaping project create essential outdoors recreation spaces in the city, preserve biodiversity, and improve the appearance of our environment. Our transit-oriented development work is done with focus on reducing carbon emissions and conserving energy.

The Residences at Fairmount Station

Revitalizing Hyde Park’s Business District with Sustainable Transit-Oriented Development – the Residences at Fairmount Station are the first affordable housing project in the community in over 20 years.

Hyde Park Green Team youth exploring coastal ecology while removing invasive crabs and replanting native clams

Hyde Park Green Team youth exploring coastal ecology while removing invasive crabs and replanting native clams


We invest in the future by investing in youth. The Hyde Park Green Team employs teens, teaching them job readiness and practical life skills while working in jobs related to environmental stewardship, community organizing, and public arts.

Our Novel Goatscaping Program - the first of its kind in the City of Boston - a sustainable (and cute) landscaping solution coupled with unique job skills training for Hyde Park youth

Our Novel Goatscaping Program – the first of its kind in the City of Boston – a sustainable and affordable landscaping solution coupled with unique job skills training for Hyde Park youth. In addition to being eco-friendly and affordable the goats are great community builders – drawing neighbors’ attention to the need for urban wild restoration, as they stop by to visit the goats, report concerns, and sign up for weekend goat care.

The Hyde Park Green Team – our job readiness and environmental stewardship employment program for local teens operating since 2009 in partnership with the City of Boston.


We are connectors. We facilitate communication between people and institutions to create strong, long-lasting community ties. We aid homeowners, home-seekers, job-seekers, and businesses with technical assistance and counseling services.

Placemaking meets Transit Equity - taking signage into our own hands to link folks to the transformed Fairmount/Indigo Line

Placemaking meets Transit Equity – taking signage into our own hands to link folks to the transformed Fairmount/Indigo Line

The Annual Sherrin Woods Community Meeting – Hyde Park Green Team youth lead tours and develop public speaking skills by showing off their hard work to neighbors, local law enforcement, and family members.


Our programs include:


Support Us – Campaign for a Sustainable Southwest Boston