Sunday, March 14, 2010

The mill's not grindin'

The mills in Dorchester aren't grinding.  They've been turned into apartments and some studio-residences reserved for artists.  The collapse of the local manufacturing economy wasn't a shipwreck for Dorchester, though it certainly hasn't always been smooth sailing.

There are still a number of small machine shops in business but no small factories that I can see.  The chocolate industry dominated Lower Mills for two centuries.  People may be making whoopie in Lower Mills but there aren't any confectioners.  All that's left are the beautiful Victorian factory buildings, which are a picturesque legacy.

Jobs around the corner from one's home would be nice but in the new economy, Carney Hospital provides the local jobs that are in demand at this point in the 21st century.  Medical Billers be warned:  If you want to live in Lower Mills because you think billing and coding jobs are available via Carney, they aren't.  All the billing is centralized with another hospital in the Caritas Christi system.  Carney operations get coded at St. Elizabeth's, far away and off the MBTA rail grid.    

This may be a good reason for medical administration folk to live in Brighton.  I haven't been to that part of Boston too often but it seems to be a good enough reason.  Of course, the location of jobs doesn't guarantee that practitioners will live within walking distance.  I don't think many doctors or surgeons live in Lower Mills.  I do think a reasonable number of barbers call Lower Mills home.

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