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South Boston

This article is about the neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. For other uses, see South Boston (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with South End, Boston.

South Boston is a densely populated neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, located south and east of the Fort Point Channel and abutting Dorchester Bay. South Boston, colloquially known as Southie, has undergone several demographic transformations since being annexed to the city of Boston in 1804. The neighborhood, once primarily farmland, is popularly known by its twentieth century identity as a working class Irish Catholic community. Throughout the twenty-first century, the neighborhood has become increasingly popular with millennial professionals.

South Boston
South Boston from the air
Nickname(s):
Southie, God’s Country
Coordinates:42°20′10″N71°02′45″W /42.33611°N 71.04583°W /42.33611; -71.04583Coordinates: 42°20′10″N71°02′45″W /42.33611°N 71.04583°W /42.33611; -71.04583
CountryUnited States
StateMassachusetts
CountySuffolk
Neighborhood ofBoston
Annexed by Boston1804
Area
• Land3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
Population
(2010)
33,688
• Density10,867/sq mi (4,196/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
Zip Code
02127
Area code(s)617 / 857

South Boston contains Dorchester Heights, where George Washington forced British troops to evacuate during the American Revolutionary War. South Boston has undergone gentrification, and consequently, its real estate market has seen property values join the highest in the city. South Boston has also left its mark on history with Boston busing desegregation. South Boston is also home to the St. Patrick's Day Parade, a celebration of the Irish-American culture and the Evacuation Day observance.

The headquarters of Reebok is in South Boston.

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Dorchester neck can be seen on this early map of Boston in the lower right.
South Boston in 1888 ("Süd Boston" on this German map.)

Geographically, Dorchester Neck was an isthmus, a narrow strip of land that connected the mainland of the colonial settlement of Dorchester with Dorchester Heights. Landfill has since greatly increased the amount of land on the eastern side of the historical neck, and widened the connection to the mainland to the point that South Boston is no longer considered separate from it. South Boston gained an identity separate from Dorchester, but the two were annexed by Boston in pieces, from 1804 to 1870.

During the American Revolutionary War, George Washington placed a cannon on Dorchester Heights, thereby forcing the evacuation of British troops from Boston on March 17, 1776. The British evacuated Boston and Fort William and Mary for Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fort William and Mary was replaced with a brick fortification known as Fort Independence. That fort was replaced by a granite fortification (bearing the same name) prior to the American Civil War, and still stands on Castle Island as a National Historic Landmark. Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Castle Island for five months in 1827 and was inspired to write The Cask of Amontillado based on an early Castle Island legend.

During the 1970s, South Boston received national attention for its opposition to court-mandated school (de facto) desegregation by busing students to different neighborhoods.

In the early 21st century, property values, especially in the City Point neighborhood near Castle Island, rose to the level of some of the highest in the city. The City Point area of South Boston, labeled "East Side" by realtors, has seen a major increase in property values due to its close proximity to downtown Boston and gentrification.[citation needed] The "West Side" of South Boston, also known as the "lower end" by lifelong residents, though slower to begin the gentrification process also benefits from the proximity to not only downtown but also the popular South End. Additionally, the West Side is home to the first green residence (Gold LEED certified) in Boston — the Macallen Building which was featured in the movie The Greening of Southie. The City of Boston is investing in the West Side through developments like the ~150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2) mixed use (residential and commercial) building being developed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority on West Broadway.

Harrison Loring House

The 1865 Harrison Loring House is a Second Empire brick mansion located in South Boston. It was used as a private residence until 1913. At that time it was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church to use the space as a convent. The house located at 789 East Broadway was designated a Boston Landmark in 1981. It is associated with Harrison Loring, who owned and operated one of the first South Boston shipyards.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The history behind the South Boston Saint Patrick's Day Parade is General Henry Knox brought 55 cannons captured at Fort Ticonderoga. In March, the troops positioned the cannons on Dorchester Heights. They had cut down trees to cannon size, hollowed them out and blackened them over fire to look like cannons. Surprise was just around the corner. On March 17, 1776, orders were given that if you wished to pass through the continental lines, the password was "St. Patrick". The British had seen all the cannons on the Heights and left Boston.

Evacuation Day was declared a holiday in the City of Boston in 1901. In celebration, the city hosted a parade based in South Boston. The Dorchester Heights Monument, a tribute to the historical event, was completed in Dorchester Heights in 1902. Major George F. H. Murray served as Chief Marshall for the parade in 1901. The state of Massachusetts recognized Evacuation Day as a holiday in Suffolk County (but not the rest of the state) in 1938. The Saint Patrick's Day Parade is both a celebration of the Irish-American culture in Boston and the Evacuation Day victory. The City of Boston sponsored the event until 1947, when Mayor James Michael Curley gave authority to the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.

Politicians and local celebrities have participated in these annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade for years. In 1958, Senator John F. Kennedy rode with Jacqueline Kennedy in the parade. The Kennedy family were well known as participating in this parade. Robert F. Kennedy marched in 1968, Ted and Joan Kennedy also marched in 1970. The N.A.A.C.P entered a float in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in 1964. In the mid-1960s Harvard's Irish Society joined the march. Irish nationalists unofficially marched in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1972, Irish Republican Aid Committee members protested violence in Northern Ireland by carrying a coffin draped with the Irish tricolored flag. The Boston chapter of the Irish Northern Aid Commission marched with black armbands and a sign reading "England Get out of Ireland"

The year 1976 marked the 200th anniversary of Evacuation Day and the 75th anniversary of the parade. A reenactment of the 1776 evacuation was incorporated into the parade, with fireworks and period costumes. President George H.W. Bush declared March Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991. The application of the Irish American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, or GLIB, to march in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in 1992, the first of its kind in the history of the parade, was met with a rejection by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council. In recent years, parade organizers have tried to make the event more kid-friendly, by incorporating "family zones" or sober places to watch the parade. The South Boston, St. Patrick's Parade is listed as the second-largest parade in the country, being viewed by nearly 600,000 to 1 million people every year, in addition to having the entire parade seen on live television.

In the 1990s, South Boston became the focus for a U.S. Supreme Court case on the right of gay and lesbian groups to participate in the Saint Patrick's Day (Evacuation Day) parade. The case was decided in favor of the parade's sponsors when the Supreme Court supported the South Boston Allied War Veterans' right to determine who can participate in their annual St. Patrick's Day parade. In 1996 local Dorchester author Paul Walkowski and Attorney William Connolly detailed the case in their book "From Trial Court to the United States Supreme Court".

Today, the St. Patrick's Day Parade marches from West Broadway to East Broadway, finishing at Farragut Road. Every year, from 10,000 to 20,000 participants join the parade.

South Boston became known as an Irish working-class neighborhood when large numbers of Irish immigrants settled there in the mid-nineteenth century and continued to do so throughout the twentieth. Once a predominantly Irish Catholic community, in recent years South Boston has become increasingly desirable among young professionals and families who are attracted to the neighborhood's strong sense of community and quick access to downtown and public transportation. South Boston has a population of about 33,311. The median age is about 32.

The most recent census estimates South Boston's total population at 33,688. The Caucasian population is about 26,700 (79.2%). A total amount of 2,789 (8.3%) Hispanic people is counted. African American population is about 1,926 (5.7%). The Asian population makes up 4.8% (1,603). 466 people are of non-Hispanic mixed race (1.4%) and 190 people (0.6%) are identified as Others (i.e. American Indians and groups not otherwise categorized).

Main article: Seaport District

Development in the Seaport has boomed during the early 21st century. It was considered "the hottest, fastest-growing real estate market in the country" in 2014. As of 2017[update], it was the fastest growing part of Boston and has stimulated significant economic growth in the city. The restoration of the Seaport began with the completion of the Big Dig. This $14.6 billion project buried the formerly elevated Central Artery I-93 Interstate which previously cut off the waterfront from the rest of the city.

In May 2010, Menino announced plans for the city to develop 1,000 acres on the South Boston Waterfront as an Innovation District. Inspired by the success of the [email protected] model, the mayor's vision was to redevelop the then-mostly abandoned Seaport District into a hub for Information Age jobs and a new frontier for cutting-edge industries such as clean tech, health care information technology and mobile media. Between Menino's announcement in 2010 and 2017, 5,000 new jobs were created and over 200 new companies have formed. Forty percent of the companies located in the Innovation District share space in co-working spaces and incubators. Over 1,100 housing units were constructed, including 300 innovation micro-units.

Public schools are operated by Boston Public Schools.

Public

  • Excel High School
  • James Condon Elementary
  • Joseph P. Tynan Elementary
  • Oliver Hazard Perry
  • UP Academy Boston
  • South Boston High School (Former)

Private

  • South Boston Catholic Academy
  • Saint Peters Academy
Mural in South Boston saying "Welcome to South Boston" in English and "Fáilte go mBoston dheas" in Irish. Also shown is a Celtic cross, the coats of arms of the Provinces of Ireland and the words "Sinn Féin" "Irish Republican Army" and "NORAID." This Mural has been torn down along with the building to make way for resident housing.

Catholic Churches

  • Gate of Heaven Parish – Established in 1863. The parish's large Neo-gothic church, located on the corner of E. 4th Street and I Street is a prominent feature of the South Boston skyline.
  • Saint Brigid Parish – Originally called St. Eulalia's, St. Brigid was originally a mission chapel of nearby Gate of Heaven parish. It was made a separate parish in 1908. The two parishes are now administered as a cooperative.
  • Saint Augustine Chapel and Cemetery – The oldest Catholic Church in Massachusetts, completed in 1819. It is currently administered as part of the Gate of Heaven & Saint Brigid Parish collective. It was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1987
  • Our Lady of Czestochowa (Polish)
  • Saint Monica – Saint Augustine (currently merged)
  • Saint Peter (Lithuanian)
  • Saint Vincent de Paul
  • Our Lady of Good Voyage

Albanian Orthodox Churches

  • St George Cathedral: Located near the intersection of East and West Broadway, St George is the largest Orthodox Christian house of worship in Massachusetts. As the mother church of the Albanian diocese, the Cathedral serves as episcopal seat of Archbishop Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese.
  • Albanian Holy Trinity Church, Kisha Shqiptare e Shen Trinise: Located at 245 D Street Boston, Massachusetts 02127.
  • St John the Baptist

Episcopal

  • St Matthew and the Redeemer (former)

Baptist

  • South Baptist Church, at 80 L Street
  • Hub Church

Presbyterian

  • Fourth Presbyterian Church

Fourth Church has been a part of South Boston since 1870. Situated between two housing projects.

The peninsula of South Boston, featuring Castle Island and Dorchester Heights, as view from the air
Carson Beach at sunrise
Marine Park at City Point

Shoreline of Dorchester Bay

Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned, granite fort built between 1834 and 1851, is the dominating feature of Castle Island. This 22-acre urban park is connected to the mainland by both pedestrian and vehicular causeways. Pleasure Bay, the M Street Beach and Carson Beach form a three-mile segment of parkland and beach along the South Boston shoreline of Dorchester Bay. Carson Beach offers some beautiful views and great public amenities: a rehabilitated Mothers' Rest, public restrooms, exhibit space, first aid and lifeguard functions, while the outdoor courtyards allow space for passive recreation. Carson Beach also features a walkway which allows one to walk, bike, or run along the water's edge from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library.

Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and the fort is a National Historic Landmark. Fort Independence is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, hours vary. Fort tours are conducted by the Castle Island Association in the summer months and there is interpretive signage for self-guided tours. The principal program theme, the History of Castle Island, stresses the role of the fort in harbor defense."

Thomas Park

Also known as Dorchester Heights. Atop the hill sits a tall monument commemorating the Patriot battle that drove the British out of Boston.

M Street Park

Between M and N streets and north of Broadway, the M Street Park was one of the most desirable addresses in Boston in the late 19th century, and the brownstone buildings overlooking the park on the south side of the park remain some of the best examples of this style of architecture in New England. M Street Park is also home to the first standing Vietnam memorial in the nation. Included in this memorial are all the names of the South Boston residents who gave their lives fighting for the United States.

South Boston Maritime Park

Located at D Street and Northern Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, the park is a rectangle of green lawn, gardens, trees, benches, and paved walkways. Artwork along the paths displays fish and sea motifs, paying tribute to the city's maritime background. The roofed seating area provides partial shade and tables and chairs, an ideal spot for lunch. A seasonal café on the premises and will soon be home to Larry J's BBQ Cafe.

Joe Moakley Park

This urban park features baseball and soccer fields, a spray area and a jogging track at 600 William J. Day Blvd., South Boston. Right by local transportation families have easy access in traveling to enjoy their day.

Castle Island Park

Site of Fort Independence (open in the summer) with beach, picnic and jogging area. Located at 2010 William J Day Blvd.

The Lawn on D

A lawn on 420 D Street on the east side of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park

Bay views, open lawn, athletic fields and a playground are features of this waterside park. Located on Farragut Road.

Marine Industrial Park

This 191-acre waterfront area features businesses plus a brewery, a museum and a cruise terminal.

South Boston is home to some of the oldest public housing in the United States. In the last 30 years, they have changed from having a mostly Irish-American population to a more ethnically mixed population.[citation needed] The housing facilities are under the control of the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and include West Broadway which was built in 1949 and occupies 20 acres (81,000 m2), West Ninth Street (these three facilities are next to each other and commonly called D street), Old Colony which was built in 1941, and Mary Ellen McCormack, which is the BHA's oldest development, being constructed in 1936. It was originally called Old Harbor Village.

Other developments are Harbor Point (in Dorchester), Foley and Monsignor Powers.

As of the June 26, 2014, city officials and civilians officially celebrated the completion of the second phase of construction and redevelopment of the Old Colony housing project that took place in the neighborhood of South Boston that began construction back in 2009. The phase two completion was a huge milestone because this phase included important aspects such as high-efficiency affordable housing in town-house style and four-story elevator buildings. Part of this project was funded by a HOPE VI grant which ensured $22-million for the project to build these new public houses for the citizens of South Boston, replacing 223 original apartments along Old Colony Avenue up to Dorchester Street and over to Reverend Burke Street which were demolished. These new, affordable housing units are some of the most environmentally friendly public houses in the entire Commonwealth. In the future, the Boston Housing Authority and its partners are looking to redevelop the remaining 453 original housing units in South Boston.

South Boston is served by two Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Red Line rapid transit stations: Broadway and Andrew. MBTA bus service links these stations to nearby residential areas via bus routes 5, 7, 9, 10, 11.

The MBTA Silver Line, a Bus rapid transit service, connects the South Boston Waterfront with South Station via a bus tunnel beneath Congress St. and Boston Logan International Airport in neighboring East Boston via the Massachusetts Turnpike and the Ted Williams Tunnel.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston was opened in 2006 in the South Boston Seaport District. It functions as a modern art museum and exhibition center featuring permanent and temporary exhibition, educational programs, performances, and film screenings.

New Year's Day Plunge

Every year, hundreds of people join the L Street Brownies for the New Year's Day Plunge in Dorchester Bay (Boston Harbor). The event is accompanied by spectators and reporters. This winter gathering has been taking place annually since 1904.

Boston Triathlon

Participants of the Boston's only triathlon swim in the waters of Dorchester Bay, bike through the city streets of Boston, and run along the Southie shoreline.

South Boston has been the birthplace and home to a number of notable people, including:

Notes

  1. https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/document-file-07-2016/south_boston_planning_district_profile.pdf
  2. Simonds, Thomas C. (1857). History of South Boston :formerly Dorchester Neck, now ward XII of the city of Boston /. Boston. hdl:2027/yale.39002009629487.
  3. Topographical History of South Boston. 1970.
  4. "The Greening of Southie". greeningofsouthie.com.
  5. "Harrison Loring Estate"(PDF). Boston Landmark Commission.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 5, 2016. RetrievedApril 27, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. [1] Archived 2016-05-14 at the Wayback Machine
  8. "U.S. Supreme Court HURLEY v. IRISH-AMERICAN GAY GROUP OF BOSTON, ___ U.S. ___ (1995)". FindLaw. June 18, 1995. RetrievedFebruary 2, 2009.
  9. Walkowski, Paul; Connolly, William (April 1996). From Trial Court to the United States Supreme Court Anatomy of a Free Speech Case: The Incredible Inside Story Behind the Theft of the St. Patrick's Parade. Branden Books. ISBN 0-8283-2012-8.
  10. "St. Patrick's Day Parade".
  11. "History".
  12. "BRA".
  13. "At a Glance". South Boston. Boston Redevelopment Authority.Missing or empty |url= ()
  14. "Race and Ethnicity in South Boston, Boston, Massachusetts (Neighborhood) - Statistical Atlas". statisticalatlas.com.
  15. Acitelli, Tom. "On Southie Becoming South Boston". Curbed. RetrievedJune 18, 2014.
  16. Katz, Bruce; Wagner, Julie. "The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America". RetrievedDecember 14, 2014.
  17. "Welcome innovationdistrict.org - BlueHost.com". www.innovationdistrict.org. RetrievedJuly 4, 2017.
  18. "Welcome innovationdistrict.org - BlueHost.com". www.innovationdistrict.org. RetrievedJuly 4, 2017.
  19. "Life at SBCA - South Boston Catholic Academy".
  20. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/database-research.htm#table (Ref.# 87001495)
  21. "Archdiocese of Boston Parishes, Schools and People". bostoncatholic.org.
  22. "Boston Seaport | Chapel of Our Lady of Good Voyage". Seaport. RetrievedOctober 4, 2017.
  23. Cf. Sammarco (2006), p.25
  24. History of the South Baptist Church, Boston, Boston : Alfred Mudge & Son, 1865.
  25. "Mass.gov".
  26. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. RetrievedApril 27, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. "Artucle". bostonredevelopmentauthority.org.
  28. "South Boston".
  29. Boston Connects. South Boston Archived September 28, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  30. "Welcome to the Boston Housing Authority". Boston Housing Authority. Archived from the original on January 29, 2009. RetrievedFebruary 1, 2009.
  31. "West Broadway". Boston Housing Authority. Archived from the original on June 24, 2001. RetrievedFebruary 1, 2009.
  32. "West Ninth Street". Boston Housing Authority. Archived from the original on April 1, 2009. RetrievedFebruary 1, 2009.
  33. "Old Colony". Boston Housing Authority. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. RetrievedFebruary 1, 2009.
  34. "Mary Ellen McCormack". Boston Housing Authority. Archived from the original on March 21, 2009. RetrievedFebruary 1, 2009.
  35. "Foley". Boston Housing Authority. Archived from the original on December 5, 2008. RetrievedFebruary 1, 2009.
  36. "Monsignor Powers". Boston Housing Authority. Archived from the original on December 5, 2008. RetrievedFebruary 1, 2009.
  37. "City and state officials celebrate completion of 129 new apartments at Old Colony". Boston Housing Authority. RetrievedApril 26, 2015.
  38. "Institute of Contemporary Art".
  39. "Boston Triathlon".
  40. Marquard, Bryan (June 22, 2010). "John Ferruggio, at 84; hero of 1970 Pan Am hijacking". Boston Globe. RetrievedJune 27, 2010.
  41. Marquard, Bryan (April 2, 2013). "D. Leo Monahan, 86; Boston sports reporter, columnist". The Boston Globe. Boston, Massachusetts.

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South Boston
South Boston Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from South Boston Massachusetts This article is about the neighborhood in Boston Massachusetts For other uses see South Boston disambiguation Not to be confused with South End Boston South Boston is a densely populated neighborhood of Boston Massachusetts located south and east of the Fort Point Channel and abutting Dorchester Bay South Boston colloquially known as Southie has undergone several demographic transformations since being annexed to the city of Boston in 1804 The neighborhood once primarily farmland 2 is popularly known by its twentieth century identity as a working class Irish Catholic community Throughout the twenty first century the neighborhood has become increasingly popular with millennial professionals South BostonNeighborhood of BostonSouth Boston from the airNickname s Southie God s CountryCoordinates 42 20 10 N 71 02 45 W 42 33611 N 71 04583 W 42 33611 71 04583 Coordinates 42 20 10 N 71 02 45 W 42 33611 N 71 04583 W 42 33611 71 04583CountryUnited StatesStateMassachusettsCountySuffolkNeighborhood ofBostonAnnexed by Boston1804Area Land3 1 sq mi 8 km2 Population 2010 33 688 1 Density10 867 sq mi 4 196 km2 Time zoneUTC 5 Eastern Zip Code02127Area code s 617 857 South Boston contains Dorchester Heights where George Washington forced British troops to evacuate during the American Revolutionary War South Boston has undergone gentrification and consequently its real estate market has seen property values join the highest in the city South Boston has also left its mark on history with Boston busing desegregation South Boston is also home to the St Patrick s Day Parade a celebration of the Irish American culture and the Evacuation Day observance The headquarters of Reebok is in South Boston Contents 1 History 1 1 Harrison Loring House 1 2 St Patrick s Day Parade 2 Demographics 3 Seaport District 4 Schools 4 1 Public 4 2 Private 5 Places of worship 6 Parks 6 1 Shoreline of Dorchester Bay 6 2 Thomas Park 6 3 M Street Park 6 4 South Boston Maritime Park 6 5 Joe Moakley Park 6 6 Castle Island Park 6 7 The Lawn on D 6 8 Raymond L Flynn Marine Park 6 9 Marine Industrial Park 7 Public housing 8 Transportation 9 Culture and events 9 1 Institute of Contemporary Art 9 2 New Year s Day Plunge 9 3 Boston Triathlon 10 Notable people 11 References 12 See also 13 Further reading 14 External linksHistory Edit Dorchester neck can be seen on this early map of Boston in the lower right South Boston in 1888 Sud Boston on this German map See also History of Boston Geographically Dorchester Neck was an isthmus a narrow strip of land that connected the mainland of the colonial settlement of Dorchester with Dorchester Heights Landfill has since greatly increased the amount of land on the eastern side of the historical neck and widened the connection to the mainland to the point that South Boston is no longer considered separate from it South Boston gained an identity separate from Dorchester but the two were annexed by Boston in pieces from 1804 3 to 1870 During the American Revolutionary War George Washington placed a cannon on Dorchester Heights thereby forcing the evacuation of British troops from Boston on March 17 1776 The British evacuated Boston and Fort William and Mary for Halifax Nova Scotia Fort William and Mary was replaced with a brick fortification known as Fort Independence That fort was replaced by a granite fortification bearing the same name prior to the American Civil War and still stands on Castle Island as a National Historic Landmark Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Castle Island for five months in 1827 and was inspired to write The Cask of Amontillado based on an early Castle Island legend During the 1970s South Boston received national attention for its opposition to court mandated school de facto desegregation by busing students to different neighborhoods In the early 21st century property values especially in the City Point neighborhood near Castle Island rose to the level of some of the highest in the city The City Point area of South Boston labeled East Side by realtors has seen a major increase in property values due to its close proximity to downtown Boston and gentrification citation needed The West Side of South Boston also known as the lower end by lifelong residents though slower to begin the gentrification process also benefits from the proximity to not only downtown but also the popular South End Additionally the West Side is home to the first green residence Gold LEED certified in Boston the Macallen Building which was featured in the movie The Greening of Southie 4 The City of Boston is investing in the West Side through developments like the 150 000 square foot 14 000 m2 mixed use residential and commercial building being developed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority on West Broadway Harrison Loring House Edit The 1865 Harrison Loring House is a Second Empire brick mansion located in South Boston It was used as a private residence until 1913 At that time it was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church to use the space as a convent The house located at 789 East Broadway was designated a Boston Landmark in 1981 It is associated with Harrison Loring who owned and operated one of the first South Boston shipyards 5 St Patrick s Day Parade Edit The history behind the South Boston Saint Patrick s Day Parade is General Henry Knox brought 55 cannons captured at Fort Ticonderoga In March the troops positioned the cannons on Dorchester Heights They had cut down trees to cannon size hollowed them out and blackened them over fire to look like cannons Surprise was just around the corner On March 17 1776 orders were given that if you wished to pass through the continental lines the password was St Patrick The British had seen all the cannons on the Heights and left Boston Evacuation Day was declared a holiday in the City of Boston in 1901 In celebration the city hosted a parade based in South Boston The Dorchester Heights Monument a tribute to the historical event was completed in Dorchester Heights in 1902 Major George F H Murray served as Chief Marshall for the parade in 1901 The state of Massachusetts recognized Evacuation Day as a holiday in Suffolk County but not the rest of the state in 1938 The Saint Patrick s Day Parade is both a celebration of the Irish American culture in Boston and the Evacuation Day victory The City of Boston sponsored the event until 1947 when Mayor James Michael Curley gave authority to the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council Politicians and local celebrities have participated in these annual Saint Patrick s Day Parade for years In 1958 Senator John F Kennedy rode with Jacqueline Kennedy in the parade The Kennedy family were well known as participating in this parade Robert F Kennedy marched in 1968 Ted and Joan Kennedy also marched in 1970 The N A A C P entered a float in the Saint Patrick s Day Parade in 1964 In the mid 1960s Harvard s Irish Society joined the march Irish nationalists unofficially marched in the Saint Patrick s Day Parade in the 1960s and 1970s In 1972 Irish Republican Aid Committee members protested violence in Northern Ireland by carrying a coffin draped with the Irish tricolored flag The Boston chapter of the Irish Northern Aid Commission marched with black armbands and a sign reading England Get out of Ireland The year 1976 marked the 200th anniversary of Evacuation Day and the 75th anniversary of the parade A reenactment of the 1776 evacuation was incorporated into the parade with fireworks and period costumes President George H W Bush declared March Irish American Heritage Month in 1991 The application of the Irish American Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston or GLIB to march in the Saint Patrick s Day Parade in 1992 the first of its kind in the history of the parade was met with a rejection by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council In recent years parade organizers have tried to make the event more kid friendly by incorporating family zones or sober places to watch the parade The South Boston St Patrick s Parade is listed as the second largest parade in the country being viewed by nearly 600 000 to 1 million people every year in addition to having the entire parade seen on live television 6 7 In the 1990s South Boston became the focus for a U S Supreme Court case on the right of gay and lesbian groups to participate in the Saint Patrick s Day Evacuation Day parade The case was decided in favor of the parade s sponsors when the Supreme Court supported the South Boston Allied War Veterans right to determine who can participate in their annual St Patrick s Day parade 8 In 1996 local Dorchester author Paul Walkowski and Attorney William Connolly detailed the case in their book From Trial Court to the United States Supreme Court 9 Today the St Patrick s Day Parade marches from West Broadway to East Broadway finishing at Farragut Road 10 Every year from 10 000 to 20 000 participants join the parade 11 Demographics EditSouth Boston became known as an Irish working class neighborhood when large numbers of Irish immigrants settled there in the mid nineteenth century and continued to do so throughout the twentieth Once a predominantly Irish Catholic community in recent years South Boston has become increasingly desirable among young professionals and families who are attracted to the neighborhood s strong sense of community and quick access to downtown and public transportation South Boston has a population of about 33 311 12 The median age is about 32 13 The most recent census estimates South Boston s total population at 33 688 The Caucasian population is about 26 700 79 2 A total amount of 2 789 8 3 Hispanic people is counted African American population is about 1 926 5 7 The Asian population makes up 4 8 1 603 466 people are of non Hispanic mixed race 1 4 and 190 people 0 6 are identified as Others i e American Indians and groups not otherwise categorized 14 Seaport District EditMain article Seaport District John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse on Fan Pier Development in the Seaport has boomed during the early 21st century It was considered the hottest fastest growing real estate market in the country in 2014 15 As of 2017 update it was the fastest growing part of Boston and has stimulated significant economic growth in the city The restoration of the Seaport began with the completion of the Big Dig 16 This 14 6 billion project buried the formerly elevated Central Artery I 93 Interstate which previously cut off the waterfront from the rest of the city In May 2010 Menino announced plans for the city to develop 1 000 acres on the South Boston Waterfront as an Innovation District 17 Inspired by the success of the 22 model the mayor s vision was to redevelop the then mostly abandoned Seaport District into a hub for Information Age jobs and a new frontier for cutting edge industries such as clean tech health care information technology and mobile media 18 Between Menino s announcement in 2010 and 2017 5 000 new jobs were created and over 200 new companies have formed Forty percent of the companies located in the Innovation District share space in co working spaces and incubators Over 1 100 housing units were constructed including 300 innovation micro units Schools EditPublic schools are operated by Boston Public Schools Public Edit Excel High School James Condon Elementary Joseph P Tynan Elementary Oliver Hazard Perry UP Academy Boston South Boston High School Former Private Edit South Boston Catholic Academy 19 Saint Peters AcademyPlaces of worship Edit Mural in South Boston saying Welcome to South Boston in English and Failte go mBoston dheas in Irish Also shown is a Celtic cross the coats of arms of the Provinces of Ireland and the words Sinn Fein Irish Republican Army and NORAID This Mural has been torn down along with the building to make way for resident housing Catholic Churches Gate of Heaven Parish Established in 1863 The parish s large Neo gothic church located on the corner of E 4th Street and I Street is a prominent feature of the South Boston skyline Saint Brigid Parish Originally called St Eulalia s St Brigid was originally a mission chapel of nearby Gate of Heaven parish It was made a separate parish in 1908 The two parishes are now administered as a cooperative Saint Augustine Chapel and Cemetery The oldest Catholic Church in Massachusetts completed in 1819 It is currently administered as part of the Gate of Heaven amp Saint Brigid Parish collective It was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1987 20 Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Saint Monica Saint Augustine currently merged Saint Peter Lithuanian Saint Vincent de Paul 21 Our Lady of Good Voyage 22 Albanian Orthodox Churches St George Cathedral Located near the intersection of East and West Broadway St George is the largest Orthodox Christian house of worship in Massachusetts As the mother church of the Albanian diocese the Cathedral serves as episcopal seat of Archbishop Nikon Archbishop of Boston New England and the Albanian Archdiocese Albanian Holy Trinity Church Kisha Shqiptare e Shen Trinise Located at 245 D Street Boston Massachusetts 02127 St John the Baptist Episcopal St Matthew and the Redeemer former Baptist South Baptist Church at 80 L Street 23 24 Hub Church Presbyterian Fourth Presbyterian Church Fourth Church has been a part of South Boston since 1870 Situated between two housing projects Parks Edit The peninsula of South Boston featuring Castle Island and Dorchester Heights as view from the air Carson Beach at sunrise Marine Park at City Point Shoreline of Dorchester Bay Edit Fort Independence a pentagonal five bastioned granite fort built between 1834 and 1851 is the dominating feature of Castle Island This 22 acre urban park is connected to the mainland by both pedestrian and vehicular causeways Pleasure Bay the M Street Beach and Carson Beach form a three mile segment of parkland and beach along the South Boston shoreline of Dorchester Bay Carson Beach offers some beautiful views and great public amenities a rehabilitated Mothers Rest public restrooms exhibit space first aid and lifeguard functions while the outdoor courtyards allow space for passive recreation Carson Beach also features a walkway which allows one to walk bike or run along the water s edge from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and the fort is a National Historic Landmark Fort Independence is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day hours vary Fort tours are conducted by the Castle Island Association in the summer months and there is interpretive signage for self guided tours The principal program theme the History of Castle Island stresses the role of the fort in harbor defense 25 Thomas Park Edit Also known as Dorchester Heights Atop the hill sits a tall monument commemorating the Patriot battle that drove the British out of Boston M Street Park Edit Between M and N streets and north of Broadway the M Street Park was one of the most desirable addresses in Boston in the late 19th century and the brownstone buildings overlooking the park on the south side of the park remain some of the best examples of this style of architecture in New England M Street Park is also home to the first standing Vietnam memorial in the nation Included in this memorial are all the names of the South Boston residents who gave their lives fighting for the United States South Boston Maritime Park Edit Located at D Street and Northern Avenue Boston Massachusetts the park is a rectangle of green lawn gardens trees benches and paved walkways Artwork along the paths displays fish and sea motifs paying tribute to the city s maritime background The roofed seating area provides partial shade and tables and chairs an ideal spot for lunch A seasonal cafe on the premises and will soon be home to Larry J s BBQ Cafe 26 Joe Moakley Park Edit This urban park features baseball and soccer fields a spray area and a jogging track at 600 William J Day Blvd South Boston Right by local transportation families have easy access in traveling to enjoy their day Castle Island Park Edit Site of Fort Independence open in the summer with beach picnic and jogging area Located at 2010 William J Day Blvd The Lawn on D Edit A lawn on 420 D Street on the east side of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Raymond L Flynn Marine Park Edit Bay views open lawn athletic fields and a playground are features of this waterside park Located on Farragut Road 27 Marine Industrial Park Edit This 191 acre waterfront area features businesses plus a brewery a museum and a cruise terminal 28 Public housing EditSee also D Street Projects South Boston is home to some of the oldest public housing in the United States 29 In the last 30 years they have changed from having a mostly Irish American population to a more ethnically mixed population citation needed The housing facilities are under the control of the Boston Housing Authority BHA 30 and include West Broadway which was built in 1949 and occupies 20 acres 81 000 m2 31 West Ninth Street 32 these three facilities are next to each other and commonly called D street Old Colony which was built in 1941 33 and Mary Ellen McCormack which is the BHA s oldest development being constructed in 1936 It was originally called Old Harbor Village 34 Other developments are Harbor Point in Dorchester Foley 35 and Monsignor Powers 36 As of the June 26 2014 city officials and civilians officially celebrated the completion of the second phase of construction and redevelopment of the Old Colony housing project that took place in the neighborhood of South Boston that began construction back in 2009 The phase two completion was a huge milestone because this phase included important aspects such as high efficiency affordable housing in town house style and four story elevator buildings Part of this project was funded by a HOPE VI grant which ensured 22 million for the project to build these new public houses for the citizens of South Boston replacing 223 original apartments along Old Colony Avenue up to Dorchester Street and over to Reverend Burke Street which were demolished These new affordable housing units are some of the most environmentally friendly public houses in the entire Commonwealth In the future the Boston Housing Authority and its partners are looking to redevelop the remaining 453 original housing units in South Boston 37 Transportation EditSouth Boston is served by two Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Red Line rapid transit stations Broadway and Andrew MBTA bus service links these stations to nearby residential areas via bus routes 5 7 9 10 11 The MBTA Silver Line a Bus rapid transit service connects the South Boston Waterfront with South Station via a bus tunnel beneath Congress St and Boston Logan International Airport in neighboring East Boston via the Massachusetts Turnpike and the Ted Williams Tunnel Culture and events EditInstitute of Contemporary Art Edit Institute of Contemporary Art Boston was opened in 2006 in the South Boston Seaport District It functions as a modern art museum and exhibition center featuring permanent and temporary exhibition educational programs performances and film screenings 38 New Year s Day Plunge Edit Every year hundreds of people join the L Street Brownies for the New Year s Day Plunge in Dorchester Bay Boston Harbor The event is accompanied by spectators and reporters This winter gathering has been taking place annually since 1904 Boston Triathlon Edit Participants of the Boston s only triathlon swim in the waters of Dorchester Bay bike through the city streets of Boston and run along the Southie shoreline 39 Notable people EditSouth Boston has been the birthplace and home to a number of notable people including James Whitey Bulger local organized crime figure Irish mob boss and FBI informant William M Bulger former president of the Massachusetts Senate former president of the University of Massachusetts and older brother of James Whitey Bulger James Connolly athlete and author who in 1896 became the first modern Olympic champion John Connolly a former FBI agent and convict who formed a working relationship with organized crime figure Jimmy Bulger John Cunniff National Hockey League hockey coach and former professional player who appeared in 65 World Hockey Association regular season games between 1972 and 1976 Richard Cushing prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Boston from 1944 to 1970 and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1958 John Ferruggio led the evacuation of Pan Am Flight 93 in 1970 40 Michael F Flaherty an at large member of Boston City Council He is a member of the Democratic Party and was elected city council president every year from 2002 to 2006 Raymond Flynn Boston s mayor from 1984 to 1993 and the U S ambassador to the Holy See from 1993 to 1997 Brian Goodman film and television director writer and actor James Healy America s first Catholic bishop of African descent William Henry Houghton fourth president of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago James M Jim Kelly former Boston city councilor council president and community activist George Kenneally former pro football player with a number of teams most notably the Philadelphia Eagles David Lindsay Abaire Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and lyricist Edward Lawrence Logan National Guard general politician judge at South Boston District Court and namesake of the Logan International Airport Stephen F Lynch Congressman a Democrat serving in the United States House of Representatives Former ironworker and President of Ironworkers Local 7 State Representative and State Senator he won his primary election to Congress on September 11 2001 John William McCormack politician who served as a member of U S House of Representatives from 1928 until he retired from political life in 1971 A member of the Democratic Party he served as the House Majority Leader three times and as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1962 until 1971 Will McDonough sportswriter for The Boston Globe and television analyst Joe Moakley U S congressman serving as a Democrat and the last chairman of the United States House Committee on Rules Leo Monahan 1926 2013 sports journalist who covered the Boston Bruins 41 Pat Nee former Irish mob enforcer for Whitey Bulger arms trafficker to the Provisional Irish Republican Army and memoirist Brian Noonan hockey player who won the Stanley Cup in 1994 with New York Rangers Kevin Weeks former Irish mob boss close associate of and witness against Whitey Bulger and memoiristReferences EditNotes https www boston gov sites default files document file 07 2016 south boston planning district profile pdf Simonds Thomas C 1857 History of South Boston formerly Dorchester Neck now ward XII of the city of Boston Boston hdl 2027 yale 39002009629487 Topographical History of South Boston 1970 The Greening of Southie greeningofsouthie com Harrison Loring Estate PDF Boston Landmark Commission Archived copy Archived from the original on April 5 2016 Retrieved April 27 2016 CS1 maint archived copy as title link 1 Archived 2016 05 14 at the Wayback Machine U S Supreme Court HURLEY v IRISH AMERICAN GAY GROUP OF BOSTON U S 1995 FindLaw June 18 1995 Retrieved February 2 2009 Walkowski Paul Connolly William April 1996 From Trial Court to the United States Supreme Court Anatomy of a Free Speech Case The Incredible Inside Story Behind the Theft of the St Patrick s Parade Branden Books ISBN 0 8283 2012 8 St Patrick s Day Parade History BRA At a Glance South Boston Boston Redevelopment Authority Missing or empty url help Race and Ethnicity in South Boston Boston Massachusetts Neighborhood Statistical Atlas statisticalatlas com Acitelli Tom On Southie Becoming South Boston Curbed Retrieved June 18 2014 Katz Bruce Wagner Julie The Rise of Innovation Districts A New Geography of Innovation in America Retrieved December 14 2014 Welcome innovationdistrict org BlueHost com www innovationdistrict org Retrieved July 4 2017 Welcome innovationdistrict org BlueHost com www innovationdistrict org Retrieved July 4 2017 Life at SBCA South Boston Catholic Academy https www nps gov subjects nationalregister database research htm table Ref 87001495 Archdiocese of Boston Parishes Schools and People bostoncatholic org Boston Seaport Chapel of Our Lady of Good Voyage Seaport Retrieved October 4 2017 Cf Sammarco 2006 p 25 History of the South Baptist Church Boston Boston Alfred Mudge amp Son 1865 Mass gov Archived copy Archived from the original on May 13 2016 Retrieved April 27 2016 CS1 maint archived copy as title link Artucle bostonredevelopmentauthority org South Boston Boston Connects South Boston Archived September 28 2006 at the Wayback Machine Welcome to the Boston Housing Authority Boston Housing Authority Archived from the original on January 29 2009 Retrieved February 1 2009 West Broadway Boston Housing Authority Archived from the original on June 24 2001 Retrieved February 1 2009 West Ninth Street Boston Housing Authority Archived from the original on April 1 2009 Retrieved February 1 2009 Old Colony Boston Housing Authority Archived from the original on February 18 2009 Retrieved February 1 2009 Mary Ellen McCormack Boston Housing Authority Archived from the original on March 21 2009 Retrieved February 1 2009 Foley Boston Housing Authority Archived from the original on December 5 2008 Retrieved February 1 2009 Monsignor Powers Boston Housing Authority Archived from the original on December 5 2008 Retrieved February 1 2009 City and state officials celebrate completion of 129 new apartments at Old Colony Boston Housing Authority Retrieved April 26 2015 Institute of Contemporary Art Boston Triathlon Marquard Bryan June 22 2010 John Ferruggio at 84 hero of 1970 Pan Am hijacking Boston Globe Retrieved June 27 2010 Marquard Bryan April 2 2013 D Leo Monahan 86 Boston sports reporter columnist The Boston Globe Boston Massachusetts Sources Sammarco Anthony Mitchell Rosenberg Charlie South Boston Then amp Now Arcadia Publishing Company 2006See also EditIrish language outside IrelandFurther reading EditCharles Bancroft Gillespie 1900 Illustrated history of South Boston South Boston Mass Inquirer Pub Co Malloy Ione October 1 1986 Southie Won t Go A Teacher s Diary of the Desegregation of South Boston High School University of Illinois Press ISBN 0 252 01276 3 O Connor Thomas February 24 1994 South Boston My Home Town The History of an Ethnic Neighborhood Northeastern University Press ISBN 1 55553 188 1 Anthony Mitchell Sammarco 1996 South Boston Images of America Dover N H Arcadia OL 1657075W Alcorn Frank October 7 2005 Southie Boy Cork Hill Press ISBN 1 59408 054 2 Weeks Kevin Karas Phyllis March 10 2006 Brutal The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger s Irish Mob William Morrow ISBN 0 06 112269 6 MacDonald Michael Patrick October 4 2007 All Souls A Family Story from Southie Beacon Press ISBN 978 0 8070 7213 4 Born before plastic stories from Boston s most enduring neighborhoods North End Roxbury and South Boston Boston Massachusetts USA City of Boston and Grub Street Inc 2007 OL 24643200MExternal links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to South Boston Wikivoyage has a travel guide for South Boston South Boston Online South Boston Tribune Southie s St Patrick s Day Parade Boston Public Library Boston Pictorial Archive Images of South Boston South Boston Boston TV News Digital Library WBGH 1960 2000 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title South Boston amp oldid 1036377271, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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