In September 2012, Jim Botticelli launched the “Dirty Old Boston” Facebook page as a salute to the gritty city of his past. To his delight, Jim discovered that this postwar, pre-gentrification version of the city was alive and well: it lived in the memories and spirits of his fellow Bostonians. They’d experienced good old Scollay Square, pre-corporatized Quincy Market, and obscene traffic on the Expressway right along with him. Nearly 100,000 followers later, Dirty Old Boston reminds us of what our city used to look like, the various challenges it faced, the maddening traffic and outlandish politics, the simple pleasures of block parties and parades, and those neighborhood haunts where people found camaraderie amidst it all.
We think it’s important to document this much-beloved time in Boston history. Our goal with the Dirty Old Boston project is to publish a photographic compilation that captures this grittier part of Boston’s past. And we want your help! We are looking for shots of your Dirty Old Boston experience – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit your photographs.
Keep your eye out for Dirty Old Boston (the book!) in fall 2014.