[gallery] Once an Irish enclave and still the location of the St. Patricks Day Parade, South Boston is a neighborhood with a strong sense of community and neighborhood pride. Originally South Boston was a peninsula belonging to the then independent town of Dorchester. In the early 1800s a group of developers was able to convince the General Court of Massachusetts that the land should be annexed to Boston, and after broadening the land through landfill, South Boston began to take shape. As part of the annexation agreement land was set aside for streets, and other public uses, and the grid pattern centered around Broadway was designed. With the arrival of railroads and later the production demands of the Civil War, South Boston became an industrial leader in ship building, ironworks and other industries which helped drive the population of the neighborhood to the point where in 1855 it had more dwellings than any other ward in the city. As with many cities, dwellings were often single family residences. With the population increasing and space becoming scarce however, post-1860 many row houses were built, and during the late 1800s two family properties were gaining in popularity. By 1900 triple-deckers were some of the most popular types of properties being built in cities, and many of these houses are still seen throughout South Boston. In recent years South Boston has become a popular choice for young professionals with many multifamily dwellings being renovated and turned into condominiums, and redevelopment changing its Northern end, the Seaport District.
From February 22-March 2, 2014 the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show returns to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The show has become the largest boat show in New England, filling 300,000 square feet of space and features hundreds of boats and marine accessories offering something for beginning boaters to expert sailors. If you are new to the water and are looking for some good advice on how to get into boating, be sure to check out the Welcome to the Water booth. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how to boat on a budget. For those already on the water, the show features a jam-packed seminar schedule for the DIY boater. Seminars cover a range of topics regarding general boat and motor maintenance and include question and answer sessions as well as demonstrations. Sessions run daily in Booth 2048. In addition to the DIY sessions, be sure to check out the Seminar Series presented by Boatwise Marine Training. These seminars take place throughout the hall and cover a wide range of topics. Some of the seminars are what you would expect to find at a boat show (Moving Up to a Larger Sailboat, How to Qualify for Your Coast Guard Captains License, Understanding the Nautical Chart, etc..). But there are also some that may be of interest to the more casual boat fan, or anyone that likes a good story. Author and sailor Judith Silva will be speaking about her sailing adventures in presentations entitled The Voyage of the Yankee Lady, Circumnavigating New England on a Sailboat and Voyage of the Albatross - Journey to the Bahamas. Blogger and cruiser Tig will also be speaking. Not to be left out are those of us that like to keep our feet on dry land but enjoy the drama of a good reality series. Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com which is featured on National Geographic Channels hit show Wicked Tuna will also be making appearances at the show. Be sure to check the show website for seminar and appearance schedules as well as additional information and a list of presenters. The convention runs from February 22-March 2, 2014, and the hours vary by day.
Admission is $15 for adults, children under 15 free, and tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is located at 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210.
Over the past two years, a proposal has been in the works for a major expansion of Bostons South Station. Lawmakers in support of the project point out that this expansion would have benefits for the entire State.
Originally built in 1899, South Station had over 28 tracks to bring people into Boston. After the turn of the century and the rise of the automobile, public transit fell out of favor for many and South Station was sized down to its current state of only 13 tracks. While South Station had remained a landmark in Boston, the station has been overwhelmed in recent years with the growing population and the rising use of public transportation.
The proposed expansion would be an $850 million project that would nearly double South Stations capacity from 13 tracks to 20. It would be financed with a combination of State and Federal grants, along with revenue generated from a high-rise tower that would be built over part of the station to hold offices.
A major component of the plan would be the relocation of the U.S. Postal Service General Mail Facility. This massive mail facility spans almost the entire length of South Station as an unsightly building filled with loading docks. A new mail facility would be built near by in the Seaport District while the freed up space would be used for the expansion and new apartment buildings overlooking the Fort Point Channel.
Dorchester Avenue, which currently serves as a stretch of asphalt to accommodate the mail facility loading docks would be transformed into and pedestrian friendly boulevard. The new walkway would be lined with trees and new streetlights to accommodate the new apartments built next to South Station.
The biggest incentive for the project will be for the thousands of commuters who use South Station every day to get to work in the city. The addition 7 tracks would help eliminate long waits during rush hour.
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A massive development has been proposed in South Boston. Developers have been working on detailed plans to transform a 4.8-acre area into one of Bostons largest residential development projects.
Washington Village is set to be built on an area that is currently filled with crumbling and abandoned buildings. The site is located on the corner of Damrell Street, Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street. The proposal calls for a massive 894,000 square-foot development that will include residential units, shops, restaurants and parking. The development will have park-like landscaping throughout the entire complex. There will be new pedestrian paths and plazas for people to walk in while the surrounding streets will get new sidewalks, new street lamps, benches and trees.
The development will create 656 residential units, 98,600 square-feet of retail space and over 500 new parking spaces. Early reports indicate that developers are looking for a grocery store to fill one of the spots as well as a pharmacy. Many of the restaurants and caf spaces will have the option for outdoor seating. The developers are not just looking to build a project but are aspiring to build a neighborhood within a neighborhood.
Many of the residents in the surrounding areas have praised the project for the much need retail space that it will provide to the entire neighborhood. Many people are also happy with the wide range of housing options that will be provided. Unlike many of the developments around Boston that have been approved in recent years, Washington Village will not just serve the wealthy with luxury condo units. While there will be many high-end units, there will also be a range of housing options of all different sizes geared towards people of all different incomes.
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Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties