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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 PAGE 7 Before the West End the New York Streets New Exhibit Reveals Boston's First Urban Renewal Project Prior to the demolition of Boston's old West End, another vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhood of tenement houses and mom-and-pop shops fell victim to so-called "urban renewal." From February 21st through fall 2017, the West End Museum hosts The New York Streets: Boston's First Urban Renewal Project, a new exhibit that tells the story of this lost 'sister' community. At the opening reception -- February 21st, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm-- attendees can tour refreshments. The exhibit and ~:- reception are free and open to the public. "The New York Streets project preceded the more infamous redevelopment of the West Future site of the Boston Heruld Traveler . 1957. End," says Museum Curator Looking south down Harrison Avenue from Oswego Street c. 1952. (Photo courtesy of the West End Museum) \ ~I~ EXISTING LAND USE I t~C*L ~(SS ! ~ ~aU Land use map of the New York Streets c. 1952. (Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library) (Photo courtesy of Boston City Archives) Duane Lucia. "But, in much the same way, federal funding was used to demolish an entire neighborhood and displace its residents with total disregard to the hardship it would cause them." The New York Streets encompassed 24 acres of land comprising 12+ city blocks in the northeast corner of the South End. The area got its moniker when roads there were named after cities along the Erie Canal to commemorate the connection of railroad between Boston and Albany in 1842. They included Troy, Rochester, Genesee, Oswego, Oneida, Seneca and Albany itself, the sole remnant street name from that era in today's South End. That comer of the Mass. Pike and Interstate 93 -- now home \ to the Ink Block complex and other high-rise apartments and a hotel with ground-level shops and restaurants -- is otherwise unrecognizable. First to fall under the axe of redevelopment in the City, the largely immigrant working-class and working poor neighborhood had no means to fight City Hall when, in 1952, planning began to level the area and make way for the new Boston Herald Traveler newspaper plant and other industrial facilities. The City took control in 1955, and by 1957, 321 buildings had been demolished and 1,000 residents displaced from their homes and community. Through graphic panels and a collection of original photo- graphs, The New York Streets: Boston's First Urban Renewal Project, recounts the neigh- borhood's history; ethnic, re- ligious and social life; urban renewal and impact; and mod- em-day status. It also highlights some of the area's most famous residents, including Louis B. Mayer, Jack Levine, Mary Antin and Mel King. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Museum hours. The West End Museum is located at at 150 Staniford Street, Suite 7, Boston, MA. For further information, visit www.thewestendmuseum, org. I DIAMONDS 1 FIOLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Mrs. Murphy... As I See It Thank You and been said that Comcast in ~----~ ~ Congratulations to November of 2016 sold a two- ~-" the New England year package through the phone ~ ~ ~ ,Patriots, Tom Brady, and the entire team for the last minute stunning victory you gave us over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. For the first three quarters, it appeared that the Patriots were doomed to lose. But in a nail-biter of a fourth quarter, the Patriots came back with a vengeance and proved they are the BEST! ... Everyone is describing East Boston as HOT[![ East Boston has lots of attractions, a beautiful waterfront, state-of- art parks, high-end condos with magnificent views of the harbor and Boston landscape, lots of Yuppies moving in, and a broad selection of fine restaurants, plus many activities for families! Hello, are you listening out there? What East Boston does not need is any more low-income housingH! Residents need to join together and protest the further development of low-income housing[ ... On Thursday, January 26% Eastie held its 21= "Taste of Eastie" event at the Hilton Hotel, presented by East Boston Main Streets. The room was jammed with hundreds of people sampling Eastie's finest restaurant specialties. Approximately 29 restaurants participated and proudly presented their signature dishes, which were both, tasty and appealing. Every participant received rave revues for their staples, but among the best of the best were Carlo's Catering, Great Chef Chinese Cuisine, Peaches and Cream, and Spinelli's Function and Catering. Mingling among the crowd were Boston City Counselor Sal LaMattina, State Rep. Adrian Madaro, and State Senator Joe Boncore. Making his way later in the evening was Mayor Marry Walsh, who's up for re-election ... I don't think taxpayers are too happy with the pay hikes Boston law-makers recently awarded themselves ... Consumer Beware: It has to a consumer for $171.91 that included land phone, Digital Preferred HBO, computer online services, and rental equipment. In less than a year, the bill jumped to $193.23. When Comcast was questioned by the customer about the increases and the contract, the Comcast representative replied the service did not go up, and Comcast was not in violation of the contract, it was the equipment (that you must rent) that increased. The representative pointed out that equipment increases were stated in the contract. The problem here is most people don't read their contracts; most business is conducted over the phone. Comcast needs more competitors[!! You can't win!!! ... Approximately a year ago in January, a special Netflix documentary series featuring the Steven Avery case, entitled Making a Murderer, was aired, and it was very controversial. Whether Avery was guilty of killing Theresa Harach still hasn't been proven "without a reasonable doubt". However, not a word from the media as to the progress of the case since the series aired[ Avery still rots in prison! And Nancy Grace, in a television interview, seems to think he is guilty; but then, Nancy believes everyone that gets accused is guilty! ... Ultra-liberal Massachusetts Senior Senator Liz Warren will be running for re-election soon. Warren defines the word Hberal. Instead of speaking out against the treasonous and talented entertainer Madonna, Warren did not condemn her public statement saying she wants to blow up the White House. How ignorant is Warren to remain silent when this rabble- rouser makes remarks that are militant and threatening to the United States? Hopefully she will lose the next election to someone with sense .... Happy Valentine's Day... dl next time! Fully Insured Lic #017936 Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs @ KITCHEN & BATH MASONRY REMODELING CONSTRUCTION Construction Services, LLC * DEMOLITION Remodeling & Design FENCES & DECKS Licensed & Insured