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Hyde Park History (cont'd)

This growth was so pronounced that housing lot prices quadrupled in just a few weeks time. Hyde Park became its own town in 1868 and was not annexed by Boston until 1911.

In the late 1800’s the waves of Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants to downtown Boston led to a search for “breathing room” and Hyde Park was a popular target. What was once a village of 1,512 in 1887 became a community of 15,000 by 1912. Jobs in mills along the Neponset River and country homes drew thousands from downtown Boston to the neighborhood. As in other neighborhoods, the railroad and streetcar played significant roles in the shaping of Hyde Park’s features—individual sections of Hyde Park were divided along the lines of the tracks and the stations. 

As the neighborhood grew, it largely retained its suburban roots, while building even stronger ties with the rest of Boston. Its three commuter rail stations, its vast amount of open space, its ample, affordable housing, and its strong community bonds have all contributed to its interesting character.

This history of Hyde Park was provided by the Boston Landmark Commissions.


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