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Southie: "There's sort of an island mentality there"

Posted by Your Town  June 23, 2011 02:02 PM

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The street-tough mystique of South Boston, where Whitey Bulger made his living before spending 16 years as a fugitive, is captured in a video made after The Departed came out in 2006.

It features Southie politicians, police and Globe journalists describing the insular reputation of the neighborhood. "There's sort of an island mentality there,'' the Globe's Kevin Cullen says of South Boston.

Mark Wahlberg, who stars in the film, loosely based on Bulger's relationship with the FBI, says his youth in Boston trained him well for the part. "I didnt have to do much homework,'' Wahlberg says.

For another look at Southie, see this post from the Caught in Southie blog and go here to find images of how Southie has been captured in the movies over the years.

And the Globe's Emily Sweeney offers this look at Southie and other Boston Mob haunts, including Triple O's, a West Broadway bar where Bulger allegedly collected unpaid loans, and the South Boston housing projects, where Bulger and other cronies grew up.

The reputation lingers on, even as South Boston has been transformed by younger professionals in recent years.

Today, South Boston Your Town correspendent Cara Bayles reported that at Sophia's Cafe on Dorchester Avenue, Sebastian Lange, who's lived in South Boston for three years, said the Bulger capture would "end the saga" and the apparent tension between long standing residents and newcomers.

"It's like a fairy tale," he said. "As long as he remained on the run, the old guard could say to us, 'Get out, yuppies, this isn't the real Southie.' Well, the 'real Southie' is over. The yuppies are moving in, and they're going to have to deal with it."

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