“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Landfill seems like a shaky foundation for Logan Airport landing strips, let alone a family neighborhood. Yet generations of immigrants have called "Eastie" home, including Boston's first family. Eastie has evolved since the Kennedy boys roamed Meridian Street, and fresh-faced JFK posed for 1954 campaign photos at Santarpio's Pizza. Today Eastie remains working class, with more Latino families than Irish or Italian. Some things never change: Santarpio's still serves wicked thin-crust pie and Meridian Market does a brisk business in chicken parm and trippa (tripe). Instead of leaving lunch to Logan Airport concessions, detour from the Massachusetts Turnpike after the Ted Williams Tunnel for a proper "Eastie dinnah." Walk it off at waterfront Piers Park down historic Cottage Street, where the Albert Einstein Institution quietly advises presidents and activists on dismantling dictatorships through non-violent social change.