South Boston’s East and West Broadway create a commercial spine and civic thoroughfare for Southie, joining the dense “lower end” with the gentrifying “east side” and ultimately linking the city with Pleasure Bay and the ocean.

True to its New York City namesake (though plans for Southie’s Broadway-centered grid predate the NYC Commissioners' Plan of 1811), Broadway traverses the town and joins a wildly diverse set of visual characters that are familiar in many contemporary cities. You see all the conditions of the typical American downtown here: commercial success alongside tough luck; crowded conditions and recurring vacancies; brick, stone, wood, and synthetic quick-fix materials; good street trees and areas with no shade at all; and no shortage of evidence of local pride and Southie exceptionalism.

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