South Boston and its 7 miles of waterfront, for too many years a remarkably underutilized urban treasure, is in the midst of an "extreme makeover".
Under the stewardship of native son, Congressman John Joseph Moakley, over $30 billion was invested in the South Boston Waterfront. Our harbor and beaches are some of the cleanest and most user friendly on the East Coast. New public transportation further links the South Boston Waterfront to all of Boston. Interstates 90 and 93 have been extended to the South Boston Waterfront allowing our residents and commercial entities direct access to the entire Massachusetts highway system and Logan Airport.
The vision of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and South Boston's elected leaders completes the picture and will transform the future of South Boston for years to come. The 600,000 square foot Boston Convention and Exhibition Center opened in South Boston in 2004. Two luxury hotels are already open for business. Three office towers are now open and at capacity. One high rise apartment complex is currently being leased and there are many more South Boston development projects being built, permitted or entertained given that more than 100,000 acres of development will take place in South Boston over the next 20 years.
The reasons for living in South Boston run the gamut from storied political leadership to active neighborhood camaraderie to classic housing stock to recreational outlets to interfaith collaboration to competitive sports programs to vibrant restaurant and retail commerce.
To parse a famous restaurant chain tag line: When you live here, you're family.