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30 Fascinating Black and White Photos Capture Street Scenes of Boston in the Late 1970s_2Q

In the late 1970s, Boston was a city in transition. The economy was shifting from manufacturing to services, with growth in finance, education, healthcare, and technology. Urban renewal projects changed the skyline but sparked controversies over gentrification and displacement. The busing crisis, aimed at desegregating public schools, led to widespread protests and violence, deeply affecting the social climate.

Politically, Mayor Kevin White led modernization efforts but faced criticism for handling urban issues. The cultural scene was vibrant, with a strong music, arts, and sports presence, while neighborhoods retained distinct ethnic identities. Challenges included crime, economic disparities, and the lingering effects of urban decay.
These fascinating black and white photos were taken by Meredith Jacobson Marciano that show street scenes of Boston in the late 1970s.
Boston street vendor, Massachusetts, 1975

 

Boston. Buzzcocks Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. church garden near Arlington T stop, Massachusetts, July 1978

 

Boston. Dead Boys, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. Dover station, Massachusetts, circa late 1970s

 

Boston. Dover station, Massachusetts, circa late 1970s

 

Boston. Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. Fur coat lady with poodle, Massachusetts, 1975

 

Boston. Iggy Is In, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, 1979

 

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Boston. Lesbian Turds, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. Murry’s Deli on Broad Street with Grain Exchange Building, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, 1979

 

Boston. New York Dolls, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. North End alley, Massachusetts, 1978

 

Boston. Old gas station, Massachusetts, July 1978

 

Boston. Old service station, Massachusetts, July 1978

 

Boston. Punk club, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. Ramones, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. Real Kids Rule – Financial Zone graffiti, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. Real Rock – Financial Zone graffiti, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. Salvation Army singer, Massachusetts, 1975

 

Boston. Sea of Possibility Love, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. Sham 69, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. The Doane, sandwich shop, Massachusetts, 1978

 

Boston. The Hideaway Bar, Massachusetts, 1979

 

Boston. The Lonely Boys and The Maps, at Cantone’s, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. The Real Kids, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. The Space, punk club upstairs Financial Zone, 1979

 

Boston. Tom’s Place, Massachusetts, July 1978

 

Boston. Wow, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

 

Boston. X-RAY SPEX, Financial Zone, Massachusetts, July 1979

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