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WS21-Walking Tour: East Boston Evolutions
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Walking Tour: East Boston Evolutions

This class will be held outside with social distancing guidelines observed. 

Stephen Landrigan

This tour will cover a one-mile stretch of the East Boston waterfront that tells an ongoing story of innovation and transformation. From when it was first developed in the 1830’s until more than a century later, the East Boston waterfront was a major economic engine in the New England economy and home to an astonishing variety of industries. It was also the landing place for tens of thousands of immigrants seeking a new life in America. Major breakthroughs in maritime technology happened there, from the invention of the world’s fastest clipper ships to the coming of steam-powered iron vessels that replaced them. The waterfront itself was continually reshaped as mud flats were filled in and ever-larger wharves were extended into deeper water.

In the second half of the 20th Century, the East Boston waterfront declined into obsolescence and became a ghost-scape of derelict wharves and abandoned industrial buildings from which it is only now emerging. Upscale housing has spread across the waterfront, built with a cautious eye at rising sea levels.


The tour will use vintage visuals to provide a sense of what was once in the neighborhood and to raise the question whether in future decades the only constant is likely to be change. Following the tour, enjoy an optional, casual outdoor dinner with the guide in Maverick Square. Limited to 12.

Date: Thursday, June 17

Time: 5:30-7:00PM

Meeting spot: Across the street from the Maverick Sq. T station

Fee: $39


Payment to: Needham Community Education
Item Amount: $39.00
+ Additional Fees:
Convenience Fee $0.00
Item Total $39.00
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