the most awful, unimaginable things happen to the people who least
deserve it. All too often, life seems to unfold that way. Those were
the first thoughts that came to mind moments ago, when I heard the
incredibly sad news that iconic Boston peace activist Cindy Diggs,
who also happens to be a good friend, lost her Mission Hill home and
most of her belongings in a fire on Christmas Eve, of all times.
disasters are always devastating. Even in a digital age, where many
of our pics and memories are stored up in the cloud, there's no way
to replace the countless tokens that one collects over a lifetime.
But even before that consideration, it's difficult to think about a
tragedy like this befalling Cindy and her family. She's spent her
entire adult life keeping her community from burning, and not just
first knew Cindy through her work with Peace Boston and related
unification campaigns – all of which involved a musical element.
Two years ago, though, we spoke for a story that was less
about violence in the Hub, and more about a baseline neighborhood
concern. The diversity and future vitality of Mission Hill, she
noted, was being compromised by Northeastern University, which had
neglected to fulfill promises it made to local residents.
point in our discussions did Cindy offer blanket sentiments against
gentrification. Rather, she was making an attempt to ensure that all
stakeholders were involved with relevant decisions; in the least, she
was asking that students stop partying out on their porches 'til all
hours. Bottom line: few people love their community as much as Cindy does, which
is why it's all the more tragic that she's been displaced from it.
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