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Amazon to Bring Same-Day Delivery to Roxbury After Outcry

  • Largely black Boston neighborhood was excluded from service
  • Illinois Congressman wants FTC to investigate delivery areas
An employee stacks items to be shipped at the Inc. fulfillment center in Phoenix.
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Updated on Inc. said it will bring same-day delivery to the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston following criticism that the predominantly black community was unfairly excluded from a service provided to the rest of the city and many of its far-flung suburbs.

The move follows an analysis of Amazon same-day delivery areas by Bloomberg Businessweek that highlighted racial disparities in service levels in some cities. Boston was the only city with a hole in its center -- an area where no service was available surrounded on all sides by neighborhoods that received it.