The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has been calling the soon-to-be-redeveloped part of South Boston between the new Federal Courthouse and Commonwealth Pier the "Boston Seaport." James Kelly, the conservative president of the City Council who represents South Boston, wants it called the "South Boston Waterfront," and recently Mayor Menino agreed to this, presumably in hopes of softening Kelly's resistance to new housing on the site.
An item in the same issue of the Globe where this cartoon appeared illustrates the culture war aspect of the dispute: a Cambridge architect hired by the BRA to design public space at the water's edge envisions a replica of the Maine coast, including a boardwalk that rises and falls with the tides and an auditorium offering lectures on harbor ecology. South Boston residents, meanwhile, have called for monuments to Cardinal Cushing and public safety officers in that space.
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