Diverse in culture and style, Boston'sSouth End has a rich history. Known today as a hub for fine dining and artistic vision, the neighborhood is dotted with open-front art galleries and well-known shops and restaurants. Residents enjoy numerous shaded parks and landscaped streets all within a short distance of downtown Boston. Learn more about the South End in this weeks neighborhood spotlight.
The South End has a playful artistic personality that beams through its many beautiful features. Developed as a planned neighborhood in the mid-19th century to relieve overcrowding downtown and in Beacon Hill, it had humble beginnings as a narrow strip of land, created with landfill from nearby Needham. With help from well-known Boston designer Charles Bulfinch, the narrow strip of land quickly flourished into the aesthetic neighborhood we see today.
From epic brunch spots such as the Beehive and South End Buttery, to lesser known local favorites, the neighborhood is beloved by both residents and out-of-town visitors. The areas diversity both economically and culturally provides a unique mix of seven-figure townhomes and modest housing projects. This harmonious conglomeration is part of what attracts artistes and musicians to the area, with Boston Center for the Arts at its heart.
Kyle Kaagan, a proud resident of the South End, speaks to the neighborhoods special qualities. This neighborhood has a great soul, she attests of her home base.
We have elements in the South End that often go unnoticed or taken for granted, like amazing architecture, tight knit blocks of neighbors - both people who have been here for ages and newcomers and amazing restaurants and shops. Its also amazing that we haveaccess to other neighborhoods like Back Bay, downtown, Fenway, Beacon Hill and South Boston.
Over the years, Kyle has noticed great change in the neighborhood as well.
Much like other parts of the city weve seen tremendous growth and development. The residential footprint of the South End has expanded quite a bit with Whole Foods, Ink Block, Troy etc. which has added another dimension to the neighborhood. We have even more amazing restaurants and shops yet its still possible to shop local if you so desire; thats important and something we need to keep doing to keep our uniqueness alive.
However, a few constants remain as staples in the neighborhood for Kyle. Although the options are seemingly endless, her favorite restaurants include standbys such as Stella, B&G Oysters, and Metropolis.
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