South Medford, Massachusetts
In 1630, South Medford was founded by English settlers. It remained mostly White Anglo-Saxon Protestant ("WASP") in character for over two hundred years, during which the South Medford Baptist church and other institutions were founded.
In 1890, Medford was described as "an ancient and charming suburban town" with its own railway line, the Medford Branch Railroad, although South Medford was then so rural as not to rate either its own rail station or its own post office.
Location and demographics
South Medford has an area of 2.344 square miles (6.07 km2), and a population of 22,132, making its population density of 9,442 people per square mile, which is denser than Medford generally. The range of house values is between $400,000 and $700,000. Three quarters of residents are of the "white" race.
South Medford is closer to Downtown Boston than most of Boston. Its southern borders stretch to Somerville, and its northern borders are often disputed as stretching to Alexander's market, Barry Park, or even sometimes historic Medford Square. The Prudential Center can be seen in the background looking south from Main Street. Charlestown is one mile (1.6 km) away from its southern-most border.
Traditionally, the neighborhood was largely Italian-American. South Medford has more Italian bakeries than the North End of Boston. Frank Sinatra used to frequent DePasquale's in South Medford, along with "Crazy Guggenheimer" Frank Fontaine, and Rocky Marciano. Residents can still be heard speaking Italian in South Medford, as well as remnants from the rich Italian-American past such as a bocce court at the South Medford Fire Station.
Parks of South Medford
South Medford is home to many urban parks, including:
- Tufts Park
- Columbus Park - . Adjacent to the Columbus Elementary School, this park is composed almost entirely of two baseball fields (one with a concession stand) and a basketball court.
- Barry Park
- Spicer Field
- Mike Pagliarulo - Former NY Yankees & San Diego Padres hitter
- Joe Sacco - NHL & U.S. Olympic hockey star, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Dave Sacco - NHL & U.S. Olympic hockey star, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- Keith Tkachuk - NHL & U.S. Olympic hockey star, Saint Louis Blues
- Shawn Bates - NHL hockey star, Boston bruins & NY Islanders
- Terri Lyne Carrington - Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, record producer and entrepreneur.
- Amelia Earhart - Earhart’s former home is at 76 Brooks St., Medford, MA
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- Anthony Mitchell Sammarco, Medford: Images of America, pp. 24, 100 (Arcadia Publishing, 1999). ISBN 978-0-7385-3854-9. Found at Google Books. Accessed September 22, 2010.
- Elias Nason, George Jones Varney, A gazetteer of the state of Massachusetts: with numerous illustrations(B.B. Russell, 1890) pp. 450-451. Found at Google Books. Accessed September 22, 2010.
- CityData website. Accessed September 22, 2010.