Revitalizing Boston’s North End

Filed in Local Events, Local News by on April 6, 2010 0 Comments

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Did you know there is a North End Chamber of Commerce? I was surprised to find that this chamber had been established so recently. It was started back in 2005 with the goal of revitalizing Boston’s North End.  They are currently sponsoring an extended version of the 2010 Restaurant Week specific to the North End.  You can still take advantage since the second week started this past Sunday April 4th and it ends this Friday April 9th.  You can find the list of North End Winter Restaurant Week Restaurants on the Chamber’s Website.

The deals are similar to those of Boston Restaurant Week with lunches at $20.10 and Dinners at $33.10.  Boston’s North End is well known for its abundance of Italian Restaurants.  They are a driving force for local business community.  Just take a walk down Hanover Street and you will see.

The North End of Boston is more than worth the visit for its restaurants alone but there are also other tourist attractions.  Part of the Freedom Trail you can visit attractions like Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House.

I am not sure that the North End itself needs revitalization.  Many of the North End apartments that were plentiful twenty to thirty years ago have been converted to condos.  I attended Middle School in the North End back in the late 70s.  Though I am not Italian I loved the feel of the Italian community there.  One of my best friends was Italian and I would visit her small apartment on one of the many narrow streets that make up the North End.  They even taught Italian at the school(the Michelangelo) which has long since been developed into condos.

Undergoing the process of gentrification can be painful and in many ways unfair but the North End has maintained its Little Italy feel nonetheless.  My friend’s family moved to Medford many years ago for a single family which offered more space but many others have stayed.  New residents also express a true love for the neighborhood that also offers views of the water.

The biggest problem that the North End experienced in recent history was the Big Dig disruption.  Though the North End was separated from Boston proper by the elevated expressway it at least was accessible until all of the construction detours made it even more confusing.  Since the completion of the Big Dig the North End is much more accessible and business should pick up even more as the economy gets better.

Nothing beats a romantic Italian dinner in the North End.  Located near the TD Garden it is also a great dining choice before Celtics, Bruins games or even the other many events that are held there.  If you haven’t visited the North End in a while Spring is here, the Big Dig is long since gone, now is a perfect time!

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