The Globe visits the South End to take in all its great restaurants, bars, and shops.

First, some history:

The South End was created in the 1840s by landfill, on what was a narrow isthmus connecting Boston to the mainland. In the 1850s, according to the South End Historical Society, London-style squares with brick bowfront town houses were built to attract the mercantile class. Soon after, commercial avenues like Columbus were built in Parisian boulevard style. After suffering from neglect, arson, and economic setbacks through the 1970s, the area blossomed into a highly desirable place to visit and live.

Which differs from what you’ll find, today:

“In the past four years there’s been a boom of children in the neighborhood,” said Carmen Kuru. Owners of Code 10 Café, Kuru and her husband, Zafer, recently opened Kiwi Baby on Washington Street. This two-level shop offers apparel, furnishings, toys, and even baby strollers – the same strollers that are seen everywhere on streets and in restaurants once dominated by rainbow flags and well-dressed men. On Clarendon Street, Tadpole sells toys, clothing, books, and bath accessories for the youngest South End residents.

We all live in heaven!

Source: In full bloom – By Necee Regis, The Boston Globe

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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

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For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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