By David Scharfenberg 90.9 WBUR February 14, 2014
The corner of Washington and Avery streets, just a couple of blocks from Boston Common, was a foreboding place not so long ago: a seedy extension of the old Combat Zone.
The new 15-story Millennium Place offers up luxury condominiums, a private screening room for residents and a customized social calendar called La Vie. Across the street, upscale furniture store Roche Bubois sells an $11,000 couch with a built-in iPad jack.
But just around the corner: a reminder that Boston’s surging affluence is not shared by all.
The city’s largest anti-poverty agency, Action for Boston Community Development, is a big, concrete box.
Hundreds of clients walk through its spare lobby every day. On the fourth floor, Tonya Wilkerson, an unemployed phlebotomist from Dorchester, applies for home heating assistance and bemoans a long stretch of joblessness.
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