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What Else Should People Know About Charlestown?

We want to hear what you think is most important to know about the town.

Boston.com recently published an article called "Nine Things to Know About Charlestown."

Here's the bullets of their list (see the full article for more):

  1. Organized crime
  2. Charlestown used to be the state's capitol
  3. It used to be much larger
  4. Busing movie
  5. Harvard builder and founder lived in the town
  6. Morse code's creator was born here
  7. Paul Revere's ride and Battle of Bunker Hill
  8. Maritime history
  9. The Warren Tavern

Overall, it's not a bad list. But I think we can do better. What do YOU think people should know about Charlestown?

Donna O'Brien August 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Why in God's name would they have organized crime and busing documentary on this list? This is so disrespectful; now you know why people aren't responding?
Matt M. Casey (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM
That's why I threw it out to people. It isn't my list. It's Boston.com's list.
Charlestown joe August 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM
How about a little more History! Like how many stores there were on Main st? What is was like when the prison was here? How many companys thhat were here that employed almost all of Charlestown. How many Catholic schools and churches. How the elevated train rain down Main stI could go on and on!
Daniel Marcella August 16, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I disagree. The busing issue is a VITAL part of this neighborhood's history. The brave, steadfast Townie Mom and Dads who fought this menace are now being vindicated almost 40 years later. I don't think it is disrespectful at all; especially since I had aunts, uncles, and relatives work their you-know-whats off when this nonsense was first implemented. Kudos to them and the Charlestown community for doing that!!
Kathy Giordano August 16, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Matt, I take great offense to your statement, "Maybe Charlestown doesn't have the local pride I thought it did..." You haven't got a clue, nor have you ever tried to find out what Charlestown Pride is all about. The day you stop hiding behind your laptop at meetings or local coffee shops and take the time to talk with the people around you, will become the day you start to realize how lucky you are to have the position as editor of a paper that represents this wonderful community. You owe us an apology.
Marianne Faithfull August 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Charlestown had a rich history even BEFORE the potato famine...now THAT is worth knowing!
Matt M. Casey (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Kathy, That tweet/Facebook update was meant as a cheeky poke to get people to respond to this post. I thought it was worth more attention than it was getting. No actual offense was intended. I'm sorry if it came off the wrong way.
c ellis August 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Where did you grow up Matt?
dtwx August 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This Boston.com piece is two years old. Matt, you are obviously trying to stir the pot to drive hits to your site. But this is just sloppy reporting. How about focusing on the community you work in instead of fueling online hostility? Oh, and if it stars Jane Curtin from SNL and Johnboy from the Waltons, it is not a documentary. Did you even read this before you posted it?
Matt M. Casey (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 02:34 PM
dtwx, You are correct that I misidentified the genre of the bussing movie. I have now corrected that. As far as the piece's age, it crossed my screen in a tweet the day that I posted it. I certainly didn't go looking for something to irritate people. Upon further inspection, I can't find any actual time-stamp on it. How do you know it's two years old?
Matt M. Casey (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 02:35 PM
As is clearly listed in my bio on the site, I grew up in Chelmsford.
Rob O'Brien August 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Its always funny to see what people (the dreaded "outsiders") think of Charlestown. As with any list of this type, there are a lot of caricatures. Matt, thanks for posting Charlestown-related stuff -- it's always interesting to read and it beats having to find it myself.
DOTTIE NARDONE August 17, 2012 at 04:18 PM
MATT MAYBE YOU SHOULD LOOK AT CHARLESTOWN TOWNIES PAGE YOU WILL LEARN A LOT. BOSTON GLOBE SHOULD ALSO GO THERE TO LEARN ABOUT ALL THE FANTASTIC PEOPLE WHO WERE BORN AND RAISED THERE. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO MADE THAT TOWN WHAT IT IS TODAY. WE ARE ALL CLOSE AND VERY PROUD OF OUR HOMETOWN.
Keola August 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
"THEY ARE THE ONES WHO MADE THAT TOWN WHAT IT IS TODAY...." Can you provide some clarity on this statement? What exactly is the current state of Charlestown right now? From my understanding, the "yuppies/Toonies" have changed the landscape in Charlestown from the culture past, no?
dtwx August 17, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Well Matt, you could start by reading what you post. The first line of this is article: "With the debut of the new film, "The Town," Charlestown gets national attention." Then there is the discussion thread. The last post there was in October of 2010: http://www.boston.com/community/forums.html?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a6c01a490-c7ba-4966-9f40-dee114ec90afForum%3a1d8e9f96-7f6f-4e00-bd79-bfc8aff15cf1Discussion%3a4e2f2bfe-24dd-4d7e-a34b-1b3c0197fb0b I offer Journalism 101 and introduction to Google classes for a nominal fee.

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