As Dorchester Avenue continues a multiyear improvement initiative, it is clear that this small portion in “Lower Dot” has been given its share of attention.


From the gleaming new Carruth Building, lined with commercial ventures on the ground floor and sparkling condos above, to the reconstructed Ashmont MBTA station, this area is no stranger to development. The Ashmont Grill has carved a niche into the city’s culinary landscape; other new eateries are drawing diners.


That’s not to say the past is gone, however.


The century-old Monument Clock in the square was refurbished and reinstalled in 2003. Blackened stones set into the gable of a building on the southwest corner spell out 1884, the date of construction. There is also the All Saints Ashmont Church, a gothic structure on the southeast side, and the Peabody Apartments, whose star-shaped chimneys show the handiwork of a bygone generation. Both were completed before 1900.


Back then they likely didn't have an issue with litter, as was the case on Metro’s visit. From the Snickers wrapper dropped by one of the many teens who pass through after school to the spent liquor bottles in the alley next to O’Brien's Market, it was everywhere.

Perhaps that deserves a little attention, too.