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 do we begin?
Here’s the Original Post that has been slightly updated:
I’ve got a bee in my bonnet and it’s about the name game of the South Boston neighborhoods. It all began several years ago when Boston Magazine came out with its Best of Boston Awards issue and felt the need to separate the South Boston neighborhoods into separate categories: South Boston, Fort Point, and the Seaport District. Why did they feel the need to do that? Isn’t it all South Boston? There was no division for Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, or any other neighborhood in Boston – just Southie. So why is that?
Recently, a local influencer posted a “What’s happening in Boston’s Fort Point Neighborhood” video. In the copy beneath, it had a list of “Fort Point things to know” – #1 reads It’s Not South Boston or Seaport. Wait, what? According to the influencer, the Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) does not consider Fort Point part of South Boston. To that, I say it 100% is South Boston.
To those who agree with the statement that Fort Point and the Seaport are not part of South Boston, you, my friends, are wrong. They most definitely are part of our fair neighborhood of South Boston. And to those who add the fact that those neighborhoods have different zip codes, I agree, yes, they do. Just like Dorchester. Dorchester has numerous zip codes (four to be exact) but Savin Hill is still Dorchester.
I will agree that Fort Point, the Seaport, and South Boston proper have completely different vibes – I’ll add even more that the West Side (aka Lower End) has a different vibe from City Point. But we are all part of the same neighborhood. And no matter what neighborhood you are from, be it Andrew Square, City Point, Lower End/West End/Cityside, St. Vinny’s, Thomas Park/Dorchester Heights, the Seaport/ Fort Point, 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 BPDA’s website – the neighborhoods of Boston are listed. Fort Point is not listed – it is included as part of the SOUTH BOSTON Waterfront. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, FPNA!
P.S. Ask the Seaport and Fort Point residents what their parking permits read. Seaport? Fort Point? No, it reads South Boston.
P.P.S. Remember the Broadway Village incident? You can read about it here.