(NOTE: Seeing as it is generally understood that the Boston Herald is read by mostly white working class folks, it’s ironic that it was most of their ancestors who were literally thrown from their homes in order for the Boston Herald to build its home office snap dab in the middle of their original neighborhood. Now most of those who fall under this category: working, white and Irish, live in an area of Boston, just a little south called South Boston, where, not all, but most, are known for being anti-black, anti-gay, anti-immigrant unless they are Irish, and anti-non-Christian. Another ironic point is, the Boston Herald building is now surround by VERY expensive lofts and apartments, with the latest “green” technology and many have underground parking, which in Boston is rare, not as rare as it once was, but still, above ground parking spots can be about $50,000 if you’d like to purchase one, just to put things into perspective. Not only is this once “slum” neighborhood becoming one the most up and coming in the area, the Boston Herald building is being transformed into a “Whole Foods” every upper class yuppie snobs idea of a grocery store. As a disclaimer, I have shopped there and I know people who work their, yet I also know the CEO is a big ass-hat, so now I boycott the store and tell others too as well. But this won’t stop those who move into the area paying millions of dollars for their homes. They actually wont be part of the neighborhood, yes the wil reside there but they wont take walks down the street, especially after dark. What do you think underground parking is for? Its so the residences never actually have to see the other inhabitants. They leave their home and take N elevator to their underground “Bat Cave”, probably heated too, they jump in their car and fly our the slowly opening possibly manned gate entrance which quickly closed behind them. They don’t look right or left, just straight ahead until their comfort level is reached after they have mentally noted there are more white faces than brown on the sidewalks around them. Also, I don’t think the sales people or renting agents include a few fact: a person I was found stabbed to death just a few hundred feet away, drug sales and arrests along with prostitute are an every day occurrence there, the Boston Marathon Bombing happened a few thousand feet away and less than a few hundred feet away there lays a half-way house, a few “projects” known to have violent, but lame, “gang” issues, and a shelter with the largest number of high risk pedophiles in the state residing there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging anyone, well the new residence a little of course, but I think drugs and prostitution should be legal and pedophiles should be locked away, which reminds me of the one that was just taken into custody a few weeks ago, who had resided in the neighborhood for about twenty years, just a few hundred feet away from this new “gentrified” area of the neighborhood. Can anyone say “Trick or Treat”!?)
The ‘New York’ Streets
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The ‘New York’ streets, South End, 1938 (click to HERE for enlarged image).
The New York streets, so-called, were at the northeast corner of Boston’s South End. From north to south, and running between Harrison avenue and Albany street, they were Seneca, Oneida, Oswego, Genesee, Rochester and Troy streets. They were laid out on filled land (formerly wharves jutting into South Bay), and named to honor the connection of the Boston and Worcester Railroad line to Albany in 1842. This district may have been specifically planned as residential housing for the arriving Irish immigrants, who were already settling in the North End and just to the north on Fort Hill.
So what happened to the New York streets? Urban renewal happened to them. The entire block of streets was removed, and became the home of the Boston Herald Traveler plant. This was actually the first urban renewal project in Boston, predating the destruction of the West End. Of course, ‘urban renewal’ was the term used, but slum clearance was the intention. The neighborhood was an integrated multi-ethnic district of working poor/working class people who had no one at City Hall to speak for them, and such populations had not yet learned to speak for themselves. The city wanted to keep the Herald in Boston, so it found room for them on the backs of a population who couldn’t fight back. Somewhere in Boston, there should be a Hall of Shame for the people who did these things.