History of Fort Hill, Part 2 (2008). Mural by: Loray McDuffie, Taylor Saintable, Edwin Perez-Clancy, Christine O'Connell, Julia Andreasson, Jorge Benitez, Divah Payne, Lucy Saintcyr, Laua Dedonato, Gregg Bernstein.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Zipcars just off Centre Street, Fort Hill

Zipcars adjacent to Centre Street, Fort Hill. Four of them. Who knew? Three of them were on the road the afternoon this photograph was taken.

These cars are located in the first four spots at the entrance to the Roxbury Community College parking lot, north of New Heath Street.

Merton Place and Newark Street, depicted in the Google map, seem to have been obliterated by the parking lot. The, then out-of-date, 1992 edition of the Arrow Street Guide lists Newark as "from 166 Cedar to south of Mertron pl" [sic] and Merton Pl "from 133 Centre to 33 Newark."

Zipcar has ten locations clustered around Brigham Circle and littered throughout the Longwood Medical Area, but, except for this small incursion at Centre Street, the rest of Roxbury is total bereft of this mobile urban amenity.

Trekking east, Dorchester Avenue is the closest to Fort Hill. Westward to Jamaica Plain (5 locations), the closest is just outside of Hyde Square. The only Roxbury neighborhoods known to Zipcar are Mission Hill and, "Fenway/Longwood".

Some of the parking spaces Zipcar rents in Dorchester go for $130 per month. I wonder how much RCC gains from these four spots.


  1. Four spots maybe but only ONE Zipcar lives in the RCC lot and it is difficult to book because there are so many of us vying for it. Mission Hill, the South End, or BMC are other close-by options but we need more zipcars in this immediate neighborhood!

  2. Thanks for the correction, Iseut. I guess I got lucky to photograph Fort Hill's sole Zipcar when I was prowling around the nearby sea of school buses.

  3. Turns out the four empty spaces were a harbinger of an increase in Zipcars in the n'hood. Yay! It's been a couple of months now that we do have 4 cars and it's been wonderful having increased shared car availability.