The Native American Mattahunt Tribe once inhabited Mattapan in the early 1600's. Since then, a diverse population of Irish, Jewish, and Haitian immigrants has settled here in large numbers. Today Mattapan's population is largely made up of African Americans and immigrants from the Caribbean. A 21,000 square-foot Boston Public Branch Library is being planned adjacent to the Mildred Avenue Middle School and Community Center, making it a resource for the entire community. The Mattapan Economic Development Initiative, a collaboration of city agencies, residents, non-profits, and businesses, was recently established to encourage investment, create jobs, and promote business development in the area.

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    Mattapan Branch Wins Design Award

    The Boston Public Library's Mattapan Branch, designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, received one of five 2011 AIA / ALA Library Building Awards. Embracing the city’s commitment to green building, the library focuses sustainable design strategies on energy performance, water conservation, sustainable site design and materials, and indoor air quality.
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  • Le Foyer Bakery 40th Anniversary Celebration
    Mayor Walsh offers remarks at the 40th anniversary celebration of Le Foyer Bakery in Mattapan. The Haitian bakery, owned by Mrs. Edna Etienne, has been churning out hard dough bread, flaky pâté and other Caribbean delights for four decades.Watch Video »
  • Public Improvement Commission Hearings 06-23-16
    The Boston Public Improvement Commission (PIC) is the owner and regulator of the City's rights of way. The PIC plays an integral role in the City's development and permitting process. From the restaurant that wants to add a seasonal cafe on the public sidewalk, to the developer who wants to construct an underground parking garage for a new housing development, or the homeowner who wants to add an architectural feature to a house that juts into the public space, each must seek approval from the PIC to have its private venture occupy public space, either permanently or on a licensed basis.Watch Video »