Known for its breathtaking views of downtown, East Boston was originally developed as a community with residential, recreational, and industrial uses, with a particular focus on its ideal geographic function as a maritime center; East Boston is a peninsula connected to the mainland with the Callahan, Ted Williams, and Sumner Tunnels.
A center for trade and clippership building, East Boston was at one time a popular resort community, home to new England’s first major horse race track, Suffolk Downs. Though its economy was built on seaport related industries, East Boston today is anchored by Logan Airport, the construction of which began in 1923 and significantly and inextricably altered the face of the neighborhood.
In 1840, East Boston was the arrival point for thousands of immigrants, which lent to the neighborhood’s diversity and old world charm. Today East Boston holds onto its ethnic roots and remains a tight-knit and diverse neighborhood.
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