Posts Tagged 'Urban Village'

East Boston Immigrants Bring Vibrancy to the Neighborhood

A recent NPR piece brings up a theme that has much to do with the East Boston of the past 25 years.  When Tony’s Realty first began selling houses and renting apartments in East Boston, its population was less than it is now—many children and grandchildren of longtime residents had moved away, and lots of small businesses and storefronts were vacant.  The public transportation system was underused, and our T stations were often loitering areas for questionable activity.

But the surge of the immigrant community from places such as Brazil, El Salvador, Colombia, and Guatemala has led to the elimination of vacant apartments, vacant storefronts, and desolate T stations.   Storefronts that were once boarded up are now filled with shops, salons, restaurants and other small businesses.  Instead of establishments closing down at 4 or 5pm, store owners are open until 10 at night.  And instead of taking a T ride home to a station with no one around, there are hundreds of T riders every day and every night on the T.  Similar to what’s described in the NPR story, East Boston’s immigrant community has helped keep our T stations utilized and safe, our empty apartments rented, our boarded-up storefronts open for business until late in the evening, and ultimately, our streets more safe because they are filled with the same neighbors who, day after day, have things to do, places to go, jobs to get too, etc. That has helped eliminate the desolate feeling of East Boston a la 1980s and has helped give our neighborhood a safe urban-village feel.  Enjoy the NPR piece!

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Maverick Square…East Boston’s Living Room

Tony’s Realty offers its congratulations and thanks to all those who have dedicated countless hours, days, and years to the renovation of Maverick Square. The dust has settled; East Boston has its welcome mat back, and it looks better than ever.

Now that we have the infrastructure in place, Tony’s Realty would like to encourage East Boston (public and private citizens alike) to ensure the square becomes as welcoming a gathering spot as Harvard Square in Cambridge, Bryant Park in New York, or the Spanish Steps in Rome. The Square is our living room, after all.

We’re imagining outdoor seating for all the restaurants and coffee shops that line the square (whether the establishment is big, small, independent, or a chain). We also envision fruit and slush carts—similar to the ones currently lining many a streetscape in New York—or allowing some of our grocery stores to sell their produce outdoors along the sidewalks. Perhaps a few more trees, flowers, and potted plants (both from the public as well as private sectors). And performance spaces for music groups both above ground and below.

Great cities have great living rooms. While the work that was done was a great first step in improving the square, it’s simply that—a first step. Now that the house is built, it’s time to start furnishing it, making it a home.

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East Boston Continues to be an Attractive Urban Village

Although the nation is experiencing a real estate downturn, East Boston is still in strong demand among future homeowners. It has what buyers want in an urban neighborhood at relatively affordable prices. In recent years, housing near T stations has been selling faster than in suburban areas, and new developments are usually within a few blocks of these stations. Consider our pedestrian friendly Airport T station which has been especially effective in attracting homebuyers to East Boston’s Paris Flats neighborhood.

Other factors keep East Boston’s demand strong. Our crime rates are lower than most Boston neighborhoods, and our green spaces are constantly expanding and improving: Piers Park, the Belle Isle Marsh, the Greenway, the Bremen Street Park all provide recreation, respite and beauty. The steady increase in community gardens brings neighbors together, and a healthy arts scene at 80 Border Street has created a group of concerned and involved residents.

We are fortunate to have a pedestrian friendly village where we can walk to stores and restaurants and see our neighbors. Urban planners talk about developing safe housing close to transportation with green spaces and local businesses nearby. East Boston, especially with its diverse mix of young professionals, growing families, and older lifelong residents, has what urban planners consider ideal.

Please check back as we continue to update you on East Boston real estate happenings. To see all our listings, or to search MLS properties, head to the Tony’s Realty Website.

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