Member’s Choice: Once Upon a Neighborhood: Timeline and Anecdotal History of the South End of Boston
with Allison Barnet
Once Upon a Neighborhood is a timeline and anecdotal history of the South End of Boston, starting in 1600 with the Boston Neck and ending with gentrification in 2015. Decade by decade, it highlights social history, including immigrant and black history.
Alison Barnet graduated from BU with an A.B. in English in 1967 and earned an M.Ed from Cambridge College in 1991. In 1980, she was the founding editor of the South End News. As a reporter for Neighborhood Network News on Boston cable TV in the mid-Eighties, she received a Boston Fair Housing Award for having “consistently reported the unpopular stories of racism and greed professionally, despite limited resources.” She is the author of Extravaganza King: Robert Barnet and Boston Musical Theater (2004), a biography of her playwright great-grandfather, who lived in the South End in the late 19th century. In 2013, she published South End Character, a collection of columns she wrote in the South End News, and, in 2014, Sitting Ducks, a novel set in the South End in 1970.