Best of Boston

1999 Best Name Change

The South Boston Waterfront (formerly known as the Seaport District)

Mayor Menino knuckled under to City Council president and Southie native Jimmy Kelly when he insisted on renaming all that hot waterfront property abutting his neighborhood. All of which is a colossal waste of time, considering all the old-time South Boston homeowners—and Kelly voters—are cashing out and moving to the burbs. Southie by any name is fast going the way of another neighborhood-turned-yuppie-themepark, Charlestown. As for Kelly, by any other name he’s still a hack.