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The City of Revere

Updated on July 7, 2017

The city was Revere, Massachusetts. The year's date from 1967-1999. Previously during the citie's golden age it was better known as the Coney Island of New England, or the Majestic City by the Sea.

The birth of the city came about when the Narrow Cage began to pass through from East Boston to Lynn in the year 1875. Cottages were built along the rail line on the citie's beach. The beach became the heart of the city. It stretched from the Point of Pines to Beachmont hill.

By 1895 the cottages were cleared and the tracks for the Narrow Cage were moved further inland. The newer urban design of the beach led to it becoming officially designated as America's first public beach one year later in 1896. This lead to the birth of the city of Revere's beach in the state New Englanders and Bostonians knew it as for generations.

Revere's golden age stretch from 1896 to 1973, when the last of the amusements were either shut down or burned. However, during its day the amusements, ballrooms, hotels, restaurants, an amusement park and then a racetrack, and a grand pier were all along the beach. They stretched from the foot of Beachmont hill to the Point of Pines.

During Revere's golden age the city was composed of many different ethnic enclaves or ghettos. The Irish ghetto was on the top of Beachmont, the Russian and Polish ghetto was all along Shirley Avenue, and there was a very prominent Italian ghetto centered around St. Anthony of Padua parish on lower Revere Street. The different ghettos of Revere were very similar to the different ghettos of Boston, such as the Irish American Southie and Charlestown neighborhoods and the Italian American Eastie and North End neighborhoods.

In the end, the ghettos outlived the amusements once the citie's golden age had come to an end. By the late 90s, the amusements had been replaced by a massive highrise named Wateredge. The high-rise was not far from Wonderland racetrack. However, the 1992 real estate crash left much of it either vacant or leased out as Section 8 housing.

The rest of the beach was largely underdeveloped. The last remnants of the beach by the late 90s were several takeout stands that were left over from the citie's classical era. It could also truly be said that it was an end to an era for Revere Beach.

Ironically, the beach and city would see new life come the 2010s Great Recession years. During the time when the apathetic Obama administration was demolishing the rest of the country Revere and its beach became a popular local summer location.

When many New Englanders could no longer afford to vacation at more elegant vacation spots they would resort to Revere Beach. Suddenly, much like Hampton Beach and the Salem Willows, because many New Englanders and Bostonians could no longer afford to go too far off places, they would settle for day trips in the local area, just as earlier Bostonians and New Englanders had done in the 19th and 20th centuries.


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