In a front page article, the Boston Globe highlights the changes happening in the neighborhood. (“Culture Clash in the North End” by Jenna Russell, September 29, 2009). The reporter presents the various sides of the issues relating to late-night revelry and how it is conflicting with the interests of North End residents.
Your humble editor was quoted,
“It’s great to live in a neighborhood with an active street life, but you don’t want to get to the point where the activity is so excessive, people don’t want to live there anymore,’’ said Matt Conti, a neighborhood council member whose six-month-old website, northendwaterfront.com, keeps residents informed.”
The article discusses the expanding college and young professional presence and how more restaurants are targeting that crowd with late night pizza and drinking hours.
The increasing number of families in the area is also adding to the mix of priorities. The ongoing question is how to resolve the balance between residents desire to “sleep at night” with the noise and problems that come with a late night entertainment zone.
North End restaurateur, Frank De Pasquale, is also quoted in the article:
If residents wanted silent nights, he said, they should have moved to Dover or Marblehead. “It’s not a secret we have 100 restaurants here,’’ he said.