Neighborhood News Real Estate What’s Happening Broadway – Both Old and New, Both East and WestJeanne Rooney 0 Comment “Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet …”The Ballad of the East and West”Rudyard Kipling, 1889 by Rick Winterson First, a bit of local history: Way back, Broadway was split into West and East Broadway at Perkins Square; the two east-west segments were (and still are) each about a mile long. Over the years, West Broadway came to be known as “Big Broadway” because it was a much more popular place to go. East Broadway, even though it had its own movie theater and a bowling alley, was called “Little Broadway”.Times changed, as they always do, and the attractions along “Big Broadway” began shrinking. For many reasons, East Broadway became the place to go. South Boston Online still makes its home here.But over the past ten years, West Broadway has revived. It is popular and bustling once more. Now, East Broadway may be experiencing its own pattern of new growth.One of these days, take yourself a walk along both Broadways. That’s two miles and 45 minutes or so of walking. South Boston Online has accompanied this article with a few photos that we hope contrast the old and the new things you’ll see. But experience them all for yourself – we couldn’t possibly squeeze everything into a single article.Start at Broadway Station. Notice that Amrhein’s, South Boston’s oldest restaurant (1890), nestles comfortably among newcomers like Stephi’s The Maiden, and Worden Hall. Look west to the skyscrapers in Copley Square; glance at the Gothic Sts. Peter and Paul Church, now containing striking condos – old mixed with new.
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