Leave Southie alone

by Beacon Staff • September 23, 2009

My main complaint was the paragraph about Southie:

"Don't travel to Southie alone if you are not familiar with the area. Bring a buddy and know where you are going. Southie culture can be summarized by The Departed and any St.,RE "Don't do that: a local's guide to Boston" from the Sept. 17th issue of the Beacon:

My main complaint was the paragraph about Southie:

"Don't travel to Southie alone if you are not familiar with the area. Bring a buddy and know where you are going. Southie culture can be summarized by The Departed and any St. Patrick's

Day celebration."

Are you kidding me? That's like saying the culture of Brooklyn

can be summed up by Biggie Smalls and the Crack Epidemic. Hollywood romanticizes the whole thing to the point where people think South Boston is some taboo no-go zone when in reality the yuppies are already paying millions to live there, which presents a threat to the lower-income citizens.

Southie has a rough history and some tough people, but it is what you make it. If you go looking for trouble, you'll find it, but you don't need a "buddy" to walk around with.

Furthermore, if you think Southie is the most dangerous part of Boston to walk through, think again.

You're way more likely to get attacked by a crack addict in Chinatown late at night, and you've clearly never been to Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, Upham's Corner in Dorchester, or Fields Corner in Roxbury.

Growing up in Boston I'm used to seeing college kids act like they know what's up, but I suggest you do some research before you publish.

What if someone summed up your neighborhood with a holiday

and a movie?

-Matt Bodman

Suffolk University student

East Boston