The first Europeans to settle the area were Pilgrims and Puritans from England seeking religious freedom. They founded Plymouth and Boston, which is still known, 150 years later as the “Cradle of Liberty.” Built upon a former tidal marsh, the area was filled in the mid 1800s. The South End was filled and developed first, on a system of submerged timbers for the building understructures. Until the 1950s, the South End was also known as a jazz hub, with clubs touting the greats of their time. Currently, Wally’s is the only remaining venue to survive to the present day. Revitalization came in the 1970s when the Boston suburbs came home to dozens of high-tech companies.
Area colleges, universities and technology continue to thrive and are considered to be a haven for progressive, liberal thought. Boston College was first opened in the South End, but has since been moved to Chestnut Hill. The Boston Center for the Arts, the Boston University Medical Center, the Boston Ballet and many art galleries and studios are located in the South End. Also host to several community organizations, including the Open Space Land Trust, Mytown and the South End Historical Society, the groups encourage the education and respect of Boston area history.
One of the area’s favored pastimes is the eclectic South End Open Market. Every Sunday, the market sells a variety of goods from vintage clothes, jewelry, art and antiques. One couldn’t mention Boston without discussing the beloved sports of the area, following the New England Patriots at the Gillette Stadium, a rousing Boston Celtics game or plugging the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Whether it's the diverse cultural and historical opportunities, the handsome streets of days gone by or metropolitan options of transportation and entertainment, the South End affords a quality of life second to none.
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