of the Krakowiak Polish dance group performed at
last Saturday's dedication of the "Polish Triangle"
near Andrew Square.
Photo courtesy White Eagle Media LLC
For as long as most folks can remember, the
neighborhood bounded by Dorchester Avenue, Boston
Street, and Columbia Road has been known as the
Polish Triangle, but just to be sure no one
forgets, Mayor Thomas Menino popped by Andrew
Square this Saturday to officially name it so.
"It's definitely been used a lot, but it's never
been officially recognized," said Gosia Tomaszewska
of the local paper White Eagle News.
Polish immigrants first began settling in the
area, which straddles the South Boston/Dorchester
line, over a century ago. Our lady of Czestochowa
on Dot Ave., host to Boston's only Catholic Mass
spoken in Polish, is over 100 years old. Successive
waves of new arrivals in World War II and after
martial law was declared in 1981&emdash;a response
to the Solidarity movement brought that number to
over 320,000 in the state, according to the 2000
Dorchester's Polish Triangle has become
something of a "virtual Poland" in recent times
however, with many families leaving the triangle
for larger homes in the suburbs.
"Now there's a little bit less Polish people
there than in the 80s and 90s, but people come back
to go to the stores and stuff," said Tomaszewska.
"Still, when you look at the census data, it's the
most Polish concentrated area in Boston."
- PETE STIDMAN
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