Remembering The 'West End'

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BOSTON — The familiar sign on Storrow Drive reads, "If you lived here, you'd be home now." It's promoting an apartment complex that replaced a neighborhood that used to be home to a diverse and bustling working-poor community of immigrants.

In the 1950s, residents of the West End were forced to leave when Boston seized the land by eminent domain for an urban renewal project — now widely denounced as a massive mistake.

To this day, former residents feel the loss of their homes, and they occasionally gather to talk about the old days.

This weekend, former "West Enders" will gather in their old neighborhood for another reunion. The reunion coincides with a new exhibit at the West End Museum curated by Duane Lucia, titled "Leaving The River" by fellow West Ender and artist Evelyn Berde.

This program aired on September 18, 2011.

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