West Broadway, Or `` D Street ``

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West Broadway, or “D Street”, is a state-sponsored housing development in South Boston, Massachusetts, whose history is plagued by delinquency, violence, and death. Constructed in 1949, on a newly acquired 25-acre plot in Southie’s “Lower End”, West Broadway Housing Development was to serve as temporary housing for veterans of the World Wars. By the early 1970s, however, the development would be 972 apartments for low-income families, and would be known as the “worst type of lower-class welfare housing.” Built on South Boston’s solid, naturally formed land, as opposed to the neighborhood’s man made areas, coupled with its proximity to the downtown district, D Street is home to prime location in the community and the City of Boston.…show more content…
As Michael Patrick McDonald contends, South Bostonians think of Southie as the “best place in the world”, and there is a silence that consumes the residents when it comes to discussing the woes of the past. And in such a physically and culturally secluded area of the City of Boston, it is unlikely that anything the citizens are not willing to discuss would be otherwise recorded. In speaking of lost history, it is important to question the history far beyond the past 60 years. It is widely known that Native Americans inhabited the Boston dating back 6,000 years. Nonetheless, many of their artifacts have been lost over the years. However, over the past two years, Native American artifacts have been discovered in the Andrew Square section of South Boston, not far from D Street. While it is likely that most artifacts are lost forever because of the disregard for the area during development in the 1950s, further exploration may be able to call attention to a distant history. Andrew Square too went through radical development throughout the 20th century with no mention of Native American presence, and I have not personally come across any literature concerning Indian history in relation to South Boston or immediate areas, such as the Polish
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