This piece was originally published in August of 2014. Lots of buzz on twitter debating where Seaports ends and South Boston begins. Is the Seaport District and Fort Point parts of South Boston or not. Oh boy, where to we begin!
Here’s the Original Post:
We’ve got a bee in our bonnet and it’s about the name game of the South Boston neighborhoods. It all began last week when Boston Magazine came out with their Best of Boston Awards issue and felt the need to separate two South Boston neighborhoods into separate categories: South Boston and Fort Point/Waterfront. Why did they feel the need to do that? Isn’t it all South Boston? There was no division for Dorchester or Jamaica Plain or any other neighborhood in Boston – just Southie. So why is that?
Last week we were involved in a conversation with a resident of the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston along with a mixed crowd of people from all over New England. We were told by this Fort Pointer (not to be confused with the informative news source) that Fort Point was “not part of South Boston.”
One New England resident – from Vermont to be exact – was explaining that he was recently in the South Boston Waterfront and how beautiful it is. We proudly boasted that we were from South Boston. The Fort Pointer began to brag about how her neighborhood has so many new restaurants and a new park on A Street and how great her neighborhood is. Vermont guy asked “where to you live?” I live in Fort Point – a neighborhood in Boston, she said.
“You mean South Boston,” we interrupted. “Fort Point is not really a part of South Boston,” she said. Really? “Well, it has a different zip code,” she added. “Well, it always has. Dorchester has numerous zip codes (four to be exact) but Savin Hill is still Dorchester,” we replied. She made a dismissive face. “It’s a different neighborhood completely,” she added.
We’ve also heard rumors that certain Fort Point residents are rallying for their own neighborhood stickers that read “Fort Point” not “South Boston.” Honestly, is being associated with South Boston that bad that you feel the need to disassociated yourself from it. Let us not bring up the “Broadway Village” debacle from earlier this year where some realtors wanted to rename the West Broadway/Broadway Station area “Broadway Village” to class it up a bit.
The Innovation District still confuses us. That gem was thought up by Menino a few years ago and we still aren’t really sure where it begins and ends other than it’s all in South Boston including the South Boston Waterfront and Fort Point.
Maybe because we are lifelong residents running this website that we take it personally when someone doesn’t want to be associated with our neighborhood because there is an undertone of snobbery when looking down upon South Boston proper. No matter what neighborhood from South Boston you are from be it Andrew Square, City Point, Lower End/West End/Cityside/BroadwayVillage, St. Vinny’s, Thomas Park/Dorchester Heights, the Waterfront/ Fort Point/Innovation District, it’s all South Boston – embrace it – and be proud. We know we are. It’s the best neighborhood in the world!
FYI: Interesting fact. On the BRA’s website – the neighborhoods of Boston are listed. Fort Point is not listed – it’s is included as part of the SOUTH BOSTON Waterfront. So put that in your pipe and smoke it!