Boston Neighborhoods

It is natural for a person to have pride about the places they come from and currently reside but what if where you live isn’t the neighborhood you thought?  According to an article in yesterday’s Boston Globe, many Bostonians have differing opinions about where neighborhoods start and end.  The inconsistencies in zip codes, parking restrictions and Realtor associations make it very hard to tell who is right and who is wrong.

Some neighborhoods, like The North End and Beacon Hill, are easier to define than others like Allston/Brighton.  Also, in a city of recent redevelopment and growth, there are new neighborhoods coming and going constantly.  Remember the West End?  Also, is The Seaport part of “Southie” or is it’s part of Downtown’s Waterfront?  (You’ll notice people referring to it as “South Boston” to imply a difference between Southie; both of which are not to be confused with the South End.)

This map from the Boston Globe shows residents’ responses when asked to draw the lines they think the neighborhoods start and finish.  The darker the blue, the more people thought was in that neighborhood.

As an East Boston resident, my neighborhood was not in question since it has Boston Harbor as a natural boundary; however tell someone that lives in Jeffries Point, East Boston that they live in Orient Heights, East Boston and they’ll have no problem correcting you.  At the end of the day, we all agree that we’re Bostonians.  After recent events, it’s reassuring to know that we’ll come together as one city when we need to which is all that really matters.

Why do you think there is so much confusion about our neighborhoods and does it matter?

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