A letter to South Boston
from a frustrated "yuppie"
Everyday when I walk the streets of my favorite place on earth - the place I call home, I ask myself, "When will I be accepted as a part of the Southie community?"
I have been a resident of South Boston for well over a decade. I am a small business owner and I own property. I attend community meetings and participate in them. I donate time and money to community organizations. I am friends with almost all the local business owners. I have even stopped a car break-in and chased kids who were spray painting a house. I help shovel out my neighbors in the winter and I am friends with the local politicians. You could say I'm actively involved in this community.
I am proud to call South Boston my home and consider it my home. I would think that most residents would be happy to have me as a neighbor but instead I'm called a "yuppie" at least 20 times a week! Locals love to point out that I am not “born and raised” so I wouldn’t understand. At the community meetings, because of this fact that I was not born and raised here, what I say sometimes seems to have little value.
So I ask, "What do I need to do to be respected as a South Boston resident? What needs to be done to have people stop bashing the so called yuppies. We are all people who choose to live here - who chose to help make South Boston a thriving community - people who want to stay and raise a family.
Here are more reasons that I think make me a valued member of the Southie Community:
- I don’t drink
- I don’t throw parties
- I don’t litter I use crosswalks
- I eat at Sullivan's
- I walk Castle Island I read Caught in Southie
- I buy the Tribune every Thursday
- I buy girl scout cookies
- I don’t order a Snicker Doodle , I order a Snick’,
- I know where Dot Ave is
- I remember Jones and Flannagan's
- I am Irish for cryin’ out loud !!
So what am I missing? Will I EVER be accepted? Why can't we all just get along?
Let's stop the finger pointing, the name calling, the bashing and come together as one. Let's make Southie a better place! Most importantly, let's show the next generation of Southie (that comes from old school local and new local blood) that we can all get along!
* Image: A Southie Street Corner by Paula Villanova