As you may or may not know this was the previous home at one point of the South Boston Tribune, a neighborhood favorite throughout the neighborhood of Southie. Closed in 2012 the South Boston Tribune was a mainstay amongst those living in the area for over 70 years. Ranging from hard news, takes on local youth sports, and neighborhood gossip.
Known as a news source which identified with those who grew up in Southie the Tribune can very much be seen as the leading edge of the sometimes contentious relationship between those who grew up and South Boston and those moving there from outside. The Tribune very much focused on the issues facing those who grew up in Southie and echoed the over arching pride and love for the neighborhood as well as the frustration as the ever quickening gentrification that South Boston was seeing. Not a stranger to taking on developers the Tribune took on potential developments regularly in the later stages of the paper’s run, lampooning the large new developments and skyrocketing prices that were quickly changing the face of the neighborhood it represented for decades.
Mirroring the sometimes gritty nature of the neighborhood the Tribune also pulled no punches when the editors found themselves in a feud with other locals, illustrated most succinctly by their feud with representative Paul Gannon, who was banished from the newspaper after a beef with the editors in the mid-1990’s. It was in this gritty straight-forward nature that the paper truly encapsulated the South Boston neighborhood throughout it’s run and began to voice the collective frustration with overdevelopment which was beginning to happen more often late in the Tribune’s seven decade circulation.
One can only wonder what the Tribune might have looked like over the past 5 years. With towering new developments now regularly being approved and parking and congestion becoming more and more of a problem there is a very real fear that much of what made South Boston such a tight knit community in years past is fading away as it slowly loses its battle to gentrification and time. It is progress (and profit) that much of the new developments in South Boston have used as their rallying cry in recent years and one cannot help but wonder what role, if any, a publication like the South Boston Tribune, could play in today’s South Boston.