The Neighborhood

District Profile

Upham’s Corner is a bustling retail district in Dorchester rich in history and filled with opportunities for innovation, active living, and creativity. This walkable urban village offers a mixture of restaurants, retail, health and recreation, and arts and culture. There’s something for everyone!

The Upham’s Corner commercial district is a lively crossroads serving approximately 14,000 neighborhood residents, plus commuters and employees of nearby businesses. The neighborhood has a lively mix of cultures and lifestyles and is welcoming to new residents.

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Neighborhood History

Jones Hill and Virginia-Monadnock are two well-known residential areas featuring historic Victorian homes and classic Triple Deckers near Upham’s Corner. The district is rich with history, hosting such landmarks as the newly renovated 1,400-seat Strand Theatre (1918), Dorchester North Burying Ground (1634), and the site of the country’s first supermarket (1915). The historic Blake House (1661), oldest in Boston, and a giant Clapp’s Favorite Pear public art piece mark Edward Everett Square at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbia Road, less than a ten minute walk. For more on Upham’s Corner’s rich history see this link, and for Dorchester’s history click here.


About 2.5 miles from downtown Boston, Upham’s Corner is well-served by public transportation. Including a newly renovated MBTA commuter rail station 10 minutes from South Station, several bus routes from nearby MBTA Red Line stations, and 15 minute walk from Savin Hill Station. Upham’s Corner is easily accessible by bike – it is about a 15-min ride from the South End and features two Hubway bike share stations.  A mile by car from I-93 and abundant, free off-street parking makes Upham’s Corner an easy stop for shopping and services.