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Getting AheadSocial Mobility, Public Housing, and Immigrant Networks$
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Silvia Dominguez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720776

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720776.001.0001

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The Neighborhoods

The Neighborhoods

(p.45) 2 The Neighborhoods
Getting Ahead

Silvia Domínguez

NYU Press

This chapter describes the historical development of the neighborhoods that set the stage for the integration of Latin Americans into public housing. South Boston is best known as a tightly bonded and defended Irish American neighborhood, whereas East Boston is best known as a receiving neighborhood that has integrated various waves of immigrants. The histories of the two neighborhoods are linked to the broader history of Boston. Both neighborhoods sit within a few miles of downtown Boston but are separated from it, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and barricaded by several lanes of federal and state highways. For the purposes of this study, these neighborhoods provide different contexts for the integration of Latin American immigrants.

Keywords:   immigrant integration, South Boston, East Boston, neighborhood history, public housing

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