Southie Then and Now – A Neighborhood Transformed

“The exhibit includes a paper map of South Boston, with locations depicted in the movies, and listings of housing organizations and other community resources.”


We last caught up with Boston artist Jared Katsiane, in March, when he was muddling the publicity of new Roxbury condos for their whitewashing.

“It’s striking how brazen developers and real estate agents are in inventing new neighborhood boundaries to maximize profits,” Katsiane said. DiggingBoston. “The buildings are clearly in Roxbury, as noted by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, although the advertisements prominently feature the South End. …If our leaders are sincere about maintaining a truly diverse city, then there is still a long way to go to create affordable housing. Otherwise, segregation and displacement will continue to accelerate.

With her Roxbury-centric ‘Live the Magic’ show now complete, Katsiane has produced another exhibit, ‘Southie Then and Now – A Neighborhood Transformed’, which is currently at the Somerville Library) and will travel to five branches of the Boston Public Library beginning in June to “shed light on the changing landscape in South Boston over the past 50 years.” More from the artist below:

The exhibit includes a paper map of South Boston, with locations depicted in the movies, and listings of housing organizations and other community resources. Viewers can use colored markers to write and draw their stories of community change on the fabric wall of the exhibit. At each exhibit location, community forums with guest speakers provide opportunities to discuss the challenges of community growth, including maintaining affordable housing.


jaredkatsiane.com/southie-then-and-now-a-neighborhood-transformed


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