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Boston Area Resources
Global Boston: A Portal to the Region's Immigrant Past and Present
Global Boston is a digital project based at Boston College that chronicles the history of immigration to greater Boston since the early nineteenth century. Examining different time periods, ethnic groups, and places of settlement, the site features capsule histories, photographs, maps, documents, videos, and oral histories documenting the history of a city and metro area where immigrants have long been a vital force in shaping urban life.
The Once and Future City, MIT
What is a city? What shapes it? How does its history influence future development? How do physical form and institutions vary from city to city and how are these differences significant? How are cities changing and what is their future? This course will explore these and other questions, with emphasis upon twentieth-century American cities. A major focus will be on the physical form of cities—from downtown and inner-city to suburb and edge city—and the processes that shape them.
The Boston Chinatown Atlas
"The Boston Chinatown Atlas, a 15-year effort by Prof Tunney Lee, documents the origins of the Chinese in Boston and how they built Chinatown"
Neighborhoods (Boston Planning & Development Agency)
One city - 26 ways to live, work, and play.
Get to know Boston's unique neighborhoods through overviews, development projects, planning initiatives, events, research, news, and more.
Nearby Neighborhoods (BU Today)
Boston is famous for its neighborhoods, many of them fun, interesting, and easy to get to. BU Today has assembled a guide to several neighborhoods, with helpful lists of where to eat, shop, and hang.
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, is a web-based collection of historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.
The Innovation Trail
The Innovation Trail is a way to experience, learn about, and be inspired by four centuries of world-changing breakthroughs from Boston. Bring a group and walk it in person, or use this website to take a virtual stroll through the history of science, medicine, entrepreneurship, and technology.
Market Analysis: Tour of Allston's International Groceries (Boston Hassle)
If you’re interested in supporting local business and exploring global cuisines, then keep reading for a guide to some of Allston’s diverse international markets.
Boston History and Special Collections (Northeastern University)
Northeastern's Special Collections preserves the history of Boston's social movements, including civil and political rights, immigrant rights, homelessness, and urban and environmental justice. The records document the history of Boston’s African American, Chinese, LGBTQ, Latino and other communities, as well as Boston’s public infrastructure, neighborhoods, and natural environments.
Boston's Latino Community History (Northeastern University)
Physical & digital collection of more than 41,000 documents and images documenting two Latino organizations, La Alianza Hispana and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, from 1965-2001.
Noncitizens Living in Boston, 2022 (Boston Planning & Development Agency
In 2020, there were approximately 97,000 non US citizens living in Boston, making up about 14% of the city's population. This presentation is a profile of these residents. The top countries of origin for noncitizen adults in Boston are China, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador.
Changing Faces of Greater Boston
Changing Faces of Greater Boston is a collaboration between Boston Indicators, the UMass Donahue Institute, the four free-standing research institutes at UMass Boston dedicated to the major communities of color (the Trotter Institute, the Gastón Institute, the Institute for Asian American Studies and the Institute for New England Native American Studies) and faculty from UMass Boston's McCormack Graduate School.
Asian Americans and the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Multi-Lingual Survey in Greater Boston
This survey examined the health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic on Asian Americans in the Greater Boston area. The study prioritized recruitment of Chinese, Vietnamese, and South Asians with limited income and English proficiency who are often underrepresented in general surveys. Recommendations for Massachusetts lawmakers and agencies responsible for public health, economic and social services, and racial equity are presented at the end.
Those who Come and Those who Leave: A Profile of Migration, 2022 (Boston Planning & Development Agency)
Boston's migration patterns are marked by net positive international migration and net negative regional migration. This presentation profiles residents who move to Boston and those residents who leave Boston to live elsewhere.
Multiracial in Greater Boston (Boston Indicators)
The United States is a nation of immigrants. And so is the region of Greater Boston. We’ve gone through waves of being more and less open to immigration, but the effect across recent generations has been a steadily diversifying population. Not only is racial diversity increasing in the aggregate, but a growing number of families are forming across racial and ethnic lines. Today, for instance, one in five babies born in Massachusetts is of mixed race or Latino ethnicity. The report