Interview With a Southie Native

Secret’s Out: Interview With a Southie Native

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A lifelong City Point resident and owner of Clair Anne’s Flower Shop, Clair tells us about the highlights of City Point.

How much has the neighborhood changed in the past few decades?

It’s unbelievable. When I was your age and I worked at Gillette, they didn’t like South Boston. They …

Government Center

Government Center

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Government Center is a bustling weekday nabe located smack in between Beacon Hill and the North End. While it's not the most aesthetically pleasing area of town–rather sad, institutional concrete buildings make up City Hall Plaza–it's the home of Boston City Hall, two Suffolk County courthouses, several state and federal …

Allston/Brighton

Allston/Brighton

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Allston/Brighton, a set of two interlocking nabes that are traditionally considered one because of their fuzzy geographical boundaries, has a lot more to offer than cheap food and watery beer. Although Allston does have that gritty, PBR soaked reputation, there is a thriving arts scene and Brighton has some charming …

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Lessons From Your Neighborhood Dive Bar

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Objectively speaking, there’s not much to love about dive bars—most are dingy, dark and have a lousy drink selection. But you can’t help but fall for them, not just for the dollar drafts and the free popcorn, but because it’s your neighborhood bar, your place to kick your feet up
Washington Square

Washington Square

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Washington Square is the best of Boston's two worlds: this nabe has the great restaurants and hip watering holes of downtown and the clean, quiet streets of residential Brookline. A mix of old Victorians and tidy brownstones line the leafy streets and many restaurants offer outdoor seating during …

Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

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Strawberry Hill is a nabe as sweet as its name suggests.This quaint nabe boasts access to parks, hilltop playgrounds, and walking trails with views of Fresh Pond. Residents live in single and multi-family homes as well as refurbished loft and condo complexes. Sandwiched between Belmont and Cambridge, Strawberry …

Malden

Malden

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Malden is a town north of Boston with its own active downtown (complete with convenient large grocery stores) as well as dozens of outdoor parks and green space. Residents here love their nabe for its suburban nature and its easy commute into the city: Malden has two stops …

Fort Point

Fort Point

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Located on Boston’s waterfront, Fort Point's once-empty industrial buildings are now enjoying their new lives as condos, lofts, galleries, and office space. Fort Point is emerging from that pock-marked and greasy phase of adolescence into a vibrant, dynamic, and well-proportioned adulthood. Reachable by bike, foot, car, or public …

Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights

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A great place to learn how to toss the ol' pig skin or ride a bike, quiet Arlington Heights has a more suburban feel than its nabes next door, Arlington and Arlington Center. Community happenings usually take place at one of many public ice rinks or soccer fields …

High Street Hill

High Street Hill

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High Street Hill is a pocket nabe within Brookline Village. Once known as Pill Hill because of the many medical professionals who called this place home, High Street Hill boasts beautiful Victorian homes, several parks and playgrounds, and lovely views of Leverett Pond. The long-lived High Street Hill …

Cambridge Highlands, Boston

Cambridge Highlands, Boston

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Cambridge Highlands is a nabe with two distinctive sides. Eastern parts of the neighborhood are heavily industrialized and commercial, while the residential core borders Belmont and the Fresh Pond Reservation. Homes are mostly modest one family residences with well-groomed front yards and mid-size garages. Some high rise apartment …

Riverside

Riverside

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Riverside is a residential nabe bordered by Harvard Square, Central Square and the Charles River. Boasting beautiful views of the river, abundant housing options, and some of the oldest settled parts of Cambridge, this nabe is a favorite among students and faculty at nearby universities. The city of …

Belmont

Belmont

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Belmont is the neighborhood every 1990s sitcom used as a backdrop for the beginning credits to establish the nice, cozy, 3 car garage context for its toothy, big-haired characters. A clean suburban neighborhood, Belmont has a great farmers market, an old-fashioned movie theater, a growing restaurant scene, and …

West Cambridge

West Cambridge

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Described by one local as having “everything you need to live well,” West Cambridge is as well stocked as Mary Poppins' carpet bag. You've got your quiet neighborhoods off of Mt. Auburn Street, your close proximity to the urban hubub of Harvard Square, your bike paths along the …

Union Square

Union Square

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While Union Square isn't served by the T, it offers residents and visitors great eats and unique shopping opportunities. A strong sense of community is evident in Union Square and its surrounding hills' quirky festivals and weekly farmers markets. Union Square is served by MBTA bus lines.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine”][vc_column_text]…

Everett

Everett

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Sandwiched between Malden and Chelsea, Everett is an affordable and culturally dynamic nabe just north of Boston. Real estate here ranges from single and multi-family homes to apartment buildings. Homes here may be close together, but they promote a tight-knit neighborhood setting that residents celebrate. Everett is served …

Columbus Park

Columbus Park/Andrew Square

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Known largely as a commercial and industrial nabe, it seems that Columbus Park/Andrew Square is slowly making the move to become known as a more residential part of town. Thanks to the opening of a top of the line nautical-themed “green” playground, some casual restaurants, and a few …

EGLESTON SQUARE

Egleston Square

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Egleston Square is a vibrant and dynamic nabe with rather undefined borders between Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. The nabe has changed dramatically over the past 15 years, and thanks to federal, state, and nonprofit grants, it is steadily improving. Housing varies from single and multi family homes to …

Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing

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The hub of the hub, Downtown Crossing is where all those people in suits hurry off to every morning, and likewise, it's where they hurry out of every afternoon. On a weekday, between the hours of 8 and 5, it's populated by daytime cubicle dwellers and their bosses. …

Central Square, Boston

Central Square

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Centered around Bennington Street and Meridian Street in East Boston, Central Square is a small harbor side nabe. Which isn’t to say it’s not bustling—the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel that zips commuters to downtown Boston is located here and keeps the neighborhood moving. When it comes time …

Central Hill

Central Hill

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Central Hill is another of Somerville's many hill neighborhoods. It's a sweet and small nabe where dogs romp in picket-fenced front yards of single and multi-family homes. Davis Square and Porter Squareare the major commercial and transportation hubs for residents and visitors who enjoy the quiet residential feel …

Brookline Village

Brookline Village

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A quaint, four-block stretch of Harvard Avenue, Brookline Village is where you'll find locally owned shops and eateries serving the nabe's home owners and renters. Don't expect big chain stores or bustling sidewalks; Brookline Village is low key and homey. The nabe is conveniently located close to several …

Brookline

Brookline

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The town of Brookline lies just outside Boston, but is slightly more suburban and quiet. The area boasts large Victorian houses, but also offers many great restaurants, shops, clubs, and bars, despite its more suburban feel. Coolidge Corner is Brookline’s trendiest spot, and the best place for students. …

ALLSTON-BRIGHTON

Allston/Brighton

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Allston/Brighton, a set of two interlocking nabes that are traditionally considered one because of their fuzzy geographical boundaries, has a lot more to offer than cheap food and watery beer. Although Allston does have that gritty, PBR soaked reputation, there is a thriving arts scene and Brighton has …

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

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As Boston's southernmost nabe, Hyde Park offers the amenities of city life and the space and pace of suburbia. Here you will find evidence of Boston's industrial past, row houses, some lovingly preserved Victorian homes, and an increasing amount of modern development. Hyde Parkers enjoy plenty of green …

Forest Hills

Forest Hills

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This wooded, hilly nabe within Jamaica Plain is most known for its namesake park and cemetery. Though a few businesses operate along Hyde Park Avenue, Forest Hills is mostly residential: a mix of well-kept single family homes, triple deckers, and converted condominiums. Easy public transit (Orange Line T …

Downtown, Boston

Downtown

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Downtown Boston includes several smaller nabes:Downtown Crossing, the Theatre District, Government Center, and Chinatown. The historical center of the city, Downtown Boston is known for its Freedom Trail and centuries-old cemeteries and buildings now sitting amongst skyscrapers and Starbucks. This is where you'll find most of Boston's major …

Chelsea

Chelsea

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Chelsea is a tiny neighborhood located just across the Mystic River. Still an active port town, fishing and merchant industries have shaped Chelsea's economy for hundreds of years. Condo and loft conversions are cropping up in Chelsea and attracting buyers and renters charmed by affordability and a little …

Arlington

Arlington

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Made up of Arlington Heights, East Arlington, andArlington Center, Arlington is a quiet little nabe just 6 miles northwest of Boston. Arlington is a residential nabe boasting a tight knit, fairly homogenous community, tidy sidewalk lined streets and predominantly single family homes. Settled in