At Mike's Donuts, Mary Allendorf-Burns, 60, who has lived in Mission Hill for 35 years, said she belongs to the old guard, descendants of Irish immigrants who once held sway but whose ranks have steadily dwindled as outsiders move in. She still loves the neighborhood and could never leave. But with all the changes, she said, something has been lost.
"Some of the old Irish families are still around, but there are a lot of newcomers," she said, sipping her coffee over a newspaper. "It's like the old days are kind of gone. It's kind of sad."