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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

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If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.

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Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left.

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One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

        – Steve Hawking

It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.

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God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.

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We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

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Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

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I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

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Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.

         – Jodi Picoult

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

         – Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

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Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

         –  Plato

Everything is connected, no one thing can change by itself.

         – Paul Hawken

Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen as once.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

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Do. Or do not. There is no try.

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CAUGHT IN SOUTHIE: A Deeper Look – The History of Washington Village

October 23, 2015

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CAUGHT IN SOUTHIE: A Deeper Look – The History of Washington Village


We are sure you saw the post about a giant new development project potentially being built near Andrew Square.  Boston developer Core Investments Inc. and real estate investment firm Ad Meliora LLC’s project, filed the plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority which include 656 residential units in eight buildings, with roughly 98,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space.  Featuring mainly apartments and condos (with some even aimed at the “middle-class”), this new project will have 560 parking spots, some green space and potential retails space for a small grocery store, restaurant, pharmacy and more.   The name of this development will be Washington Village.  Now before you go and think it’s a realtor’s ploy to rename Andrew Square like “Broadway Village,” it’s actually a historically accurate name.

Here’s a little Southie history lesson: 
Washington Village’s history is intricately entwined with Boston’s own. The Native Americans called it Mattapannuck.  The area was a stretch of land, at the base of Dorchester Neck, now known as South Boston. In Colonial times, the land was used as an orchard and a pasture, and there was a large stretch of meadow, all close to the harbor and the abundant seafood that the Atlantic provided.

It was once called Little Neck. In 1850, 74 years after George Washington’s troops won a key battle up the street on Dorchester Heights, forcing the British troops to evacuate the harbor on March 17, 1776, a new name emerged, in honor of the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army: Washington Village. The residents of Little Neck asked the City of Boston to annex their community (which it did in 1855) and name it after the first President of the United States.

The Washington Village name faded after the area become more industrial. In the mid-19th century, the site was evolving into less of a place where people lived and more of an industrial center where cannons were forged, glass was blown, wood was turned, and cows were milked in greater numbers.

The name of the area later shifted to honor John Andrew, the governor of Massachusetts during the Civil War and whose name is on the nearby Red Line stop, which was completed in 1918. Since that time, the site has been home to a Westinghouse engine factory, Crown Uniform & Linen Service, Adams Transmission, and Winthrop Press. Railroad tracks once regularly brought trains in and out of the site to service these industries daily, remnants of which you can still see on the site today, which now sits vacant.

Special thank you to Tina Cassidy who shares this little history lesson with us!   If you would like to learn more about the Washington Village Project visit here! 

Article: Caught In Southie

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