Michael Patrick MacDonald visits Old Colony for a final time

Author/activist Michael Patrick MacDonald pays a last visit to to Old Colony Housing Development at 8 Patterson Way, where he grew up and later wrote about in 'All Souls.” The picture is part of Bill Brett’s next book, “Boston Irish.” (Globe photo by Bill Brett)
Author/activist Michael Patrick MacDonald pays a last visit to to Old Colony Housing Development at 8 Patterson Way, where he grew up and later wrote about in 'All Souls.” The picture is part of Bill Brett’s next book, “Boston Irish.” (Globe photo by Bill Brett)

Globe photographer Bill Brett is at work on his next book, “Boston Irish,’’ and among the first images he has shot is this, of author/activist Michael Patrick MacDonald walking amid the ruins of the Old Colony Housing Development. MacDonald’s best-selling book, “All Souls: A Family Story From Southie,” is about growing up in the redbrick bunker, which is being demolished and turned into new townhouse-style buildings. We’re told MacDonald salvaged the door to the apartment where he spent his rough-and-tumble childhood.

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