South Boston

Community Information

Southie, as it’s more commonly called, is a heavily settled residential area populated primarily by Boston’s Irish-American community. Many prominent politicians, both of the city and Washington, come from South South BostonBoston, such as former City Councilors Jim Kelly and Michael Flaherty, Mayor and Ambassador Raymond Flynn, U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch, and former Representative Joe Moakley.

HISTORY

South Boston played an important role in the Revolutionary War due to its strategic location overlooking the Harbor and elevated vantage point, both of which George Washington utilized while forcing the British to evacuate the city in 1776. Though originally considered to be part of neighboring Dorchester, South Boston was slowly annexed by the city proper over the course of the 19th century. In the 20th century, Southie steeped itself in controversy, first over the local opposition to desegregation busing in the 1960s and later in a Supreme Court case centered on exclusion rights surrounding the local Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Lately, South Boston has become a popular neighborhood for new residents coming from other parts of the city.

ARCHITECTURE

The architectural style of South Boston is largely that of modern two to three story multifamily houses built in the 1960s and 1970s. The brownstones so common to the rest of the city dot the landscape, with noted concentration around Independence Square and the surrounding area.

PUBLIC TRANSIT

MBTA Lines

  • Red Line
  • Green Line
  • Orange Line
  • Blue Line
  • Silver Line
  • Buses

Taxis

SCHOOLS

Public Schools

Private Schools

  • South Boston Catholic Academy
  • St. Peter Academy
  • Julie’s Family Learning Center

PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS

  • Marine Park
  • Fort Independence
  • Independence square
  • Thomas Park
  • Carson Beach

SHOPPING

  • Habit
  • Ku De Ta
  • Machine Age
  • Stop & Shop
  • Bell’s Market

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Stadium Sports Bar
  • Murphy’s Law
  • Lucky’s
  • Bank of America Pavilion