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Martin J. Walsh visits Egleston Square

A bilingual Walsh campaign sign hung Thursday in a storefront on Washington Street in Egleston Square.  Walsh says the area has challenges that he could address as mayor.
A bilingual Walsh campaign sign hung Thursday in a storefront on Washington Street in Egleston Square. Walsh says the area has challenges that he could address as mayor.Credit: Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

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Egleston Square hums with activity. Young mothers push toddlers in strollers. Hungry commuters pick up takeout at the Chinese restaurant. Barbers pass the time between clients in front of their shops. And those living in the margins loiter in the park and sidewalk near the liquor store as cars drive by blaring bachata and reggaeton.

Standing on Washington Street near School Street, Martin J. Walsh, mayoral candidate and state representative, does something of a 360. “I see potential in this neighborhood. This reminds me of parts of Hyde Square 20 years ago, where Hyde Square today, with some investment by the city, is completely transformed.”

This neighborhood, on the border of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, is one he’s becoming more familiar with, one that lies about four miles outside of his State House district.

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