Finding a welcoming home: East Boston native talks about housing struggles

When Brian Madrigal was a freshman in high school, he and other community organizers protested a proposed expansion of Boston Logan International Airport. The community asked instead for green space as a buffer between the airport’s pollution and the East Boston neighborhoods near it. The Massachusetts Port Authority, who operates the airport, conceded and built Bremen Street Park — an 18-acre public park with playgrounds, a dog park, and a community garden. “They gave it to us and it’s beautiful — (but) now it’s all gentrified,” Madrigal said with a laugh as he looked across the idyllic park with a few joggers and workers riding mowers back and forth on lush lawns. “It’s funny that we fough

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