Boston: West End Condos
Urban renewal projects have transformed this enclave over several decades with new developments still continuing today.
Today, the redeveloped West End is dominated by high-rises and Massachusetts General Hospital. The West End occupied the northwest portion of the Shawmut Peninsula. Much of the land on which the neighborhood lies is the product of land reclamation. Beginning in 1807, parts of Beacon Hill were used to fill in a small bay and mill pond that separated Beacon Hill and the West End from the North End. The neighborhood consists primarily of superblocks containing residential towers. The West End borders the Charles River between the Longfellow Bridge and the Charles River Dam Bridge. The Charlesbank Playground runs along the bank of the river, but is separated from the rest of the neighborhood by Storrow Drive, a large crosstown expressway.