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November 29, 2021

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The Rose Kennedy Greenway passes by Boston’s Little Italy, the city’s oldest neighbourhood.

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In the belly of Beantown

Everyone’s heard about the Big Dig. Remember that never-ending construction project of rerouting Boston’s Interstate 93? Probably, right? But not a lot of folks know, let alone have visited, one of its positive byproducts: the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Opened in 2008, it is a linear ribbon of gardens, promenades, fountains, art and specialty lighting systems that stretches for nearly two kilometres through residential neighbourhoods, the financial and harbour districts. Walk it from one end to the other — or even just a portion of it — and it becomes an avenue to take in the big sights of the city like the Freedom Trail, the Paul Revere House and the New England Aquarium.

You’ll also pass Boston’s famous Chinatown, Fort Point, one of the city’s newest neighbourhoods home to many artists’ studios, galleries and restaurants and, of course, the Fort Wharf District. Here you can take in the view of Boston’s waterfront through the grand arch at Rowes Wharf. Finally, at the north end of the Greenway, you’ll reach Boston’s oldest residential ’hood, Little Italy, where incidentally Rose Kennedy was born.

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