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Mercury Rising In Eastie

Posted by Jim Botticelli  October 15, 2013 11:05 PM

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A 1956 Mercury four-door sedan with Clark Kent Whitewalls sits near Al's on Maverick St, East Boston.
Photo submitted by Jim Powers

The Merc was the car back in the 50's that was a step above the Ford and a step below the Lincoln. GM car owners often made Ford products forbidden (FixOrRepairDaily), but who among us would scorn this beauty if it were gifted and financed completely? We are not sure of the year of this photo, but given the condition of the surrounding architecture and the car behind the Merc, this might have been a brand new car at the moment the camera flashed. While the car was shiny and sexy, the neighborhood looks to need Turtle Wax.

"Maverick...has had its “problems’’ over the years", according to the Boston Globe in 2011, in a report written by correspondent Jay Fitzgerald "which business owners, residents, and activists are quick to confirm. The woes included crime, weed-covered vacant lots, empty storefronts, dilapidated buildings, and other urban woes in the largely lower-income and working-class neighborhood."
The former Maverick Projects at 73 Maverick St.
Photo by Henry Doherty

The projects are gone today and in their place is a pedestrian park. According to the East Boston Times in an article by John Lynd on October 31, 2009, The East Boston Community Development Corporation, the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals and the Boston Redevelopment Authority hammered out a deal whereby a new three story 27 unit project would be built on a half acre site at 170 Maverick that would allow Eastie residents a modicum of affordability in a combined economic downturn and an upswing in housing prices. The status of that circumstance is unknown to this DOB blog. The future of East Boston, by all accounts, is one of upward neighborhood mobility. Those who own property may prosper. Okay, enough fact-grinding. Come on baby, let's get behind the wheel of that '56 Merc!
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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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