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Boston Outskirts

The expansion of Boston in the 1800s was not confined to the Back Bay and the South End. Toward the close of the century, as the working population of the Downtown district swelled and public transportation (first horsecars, then electric trolleys) linked outlying suburbs with the city, development of the "streetcar suburbs" began. These areas answered the housing needs of the rising

native-born middle class as well as the second-generation immigrant families already outgrowing the narrow streets of the North and West ends.

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