Greetings from Dirty Old Boston!

DOB_FinalCoverWhen Jim Botticelli launched the Dirty Old Boston Facebook page as a salute to the gritty city he once knew, he discovered that thousands of people were equally nostalgic and curious about Boston’s recent past. And for good reason; during the four decades following World War II, Boston changed rapidly, without apology, for better and for worse, and in many ways forever.

A rich and compelling collection, Dirty Old Boston chronicles the people, streets, and buildings from the postwar years to 1987, when a new wave of transformation began. From ball games to dive bars, and amidst an ever-changing skyline, Dirty Old Boston also covers some of the city’s most dramatic and tumultuous events including the wholesale razing of neighborhoods, Boston’s busing crisis, and the continual fight for affordable housing.

Photographs—assembled from family albums, student projects, institutional archives, and professional collections—reveal Boston as seen from the streets. What emerges is a narrative of a city tearing down and rebuilding, protesting and celebrating, fading and thriving. Illuminating Boston’s singular tenacity and spirit, Dirty Old Boston presents our proud moments and doesn’t shy away from our growing pains. Here are the challenges we faced: the maddening traffic and outlandish politics, the simple pleasures of block parties and parades, and those neighborhood haunts where we found camaraderie amidst it all. Raw and beautiful, this book is an important and evocative tribute to the city and its people.

Books are available in bookstores and select gift shops around Greater Boston. It can be purchased online through Amazon, and Union Park Press.

You can pick up a copy at Barnes and Noble, The Paper StorePapercuts Bookstore in JP, the Brookline BooksmithTrident Bookstore in Boston, Porter Square BooksNew England Mobile Bookfair in Newton, Buttonwood Books in Cohasset, Newtonville BooksSault New England in Boston’s South EndPinestraw in Newton and Wellesley, Magpie in Somerville, Newbury Comics stores, and the Museum of Fine Arts gift shop. More to come –we’ll keep a running list of availability here and on the Dirty Old Boston Facebook page.


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