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Neighborhood Image: 1899 Aerial of the North End

It’s easy to think that the density of the city is a reflection of modern times. That was not the case in Boston and especially the North End where the population was more than triple what it is today. This 1899 aerial image by A.E. Downs from the Boston Public Library Collection gives a sense of how tightly packed in the buildings were in the North End / Waterfront area.

Thanks to Dan Flaherty for sharing the image.

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