the Harbor, a slice of El Salvador.
long a haven of diversity in a city that didn't always welcome it,
is changing again. First it was the Irish, then the Italians. Now,
at the beginning of the 21st century, immigrants from El Salvador
are among the Latin American immigrants putting their cultural stamp
on the neighborhood. As merchants, restaurants, grocery stores and
music shops of the Salvadorans are bringing a taste of home for
a steady flow of newcomers while introducing old-timers to a new
flavor and sound. As property owners, they are helping to improve
real estate values and fueling a renaissance that is improving the
fortune of this once neglected neighborhood.
Andrade-A real estate pioneer
was one of the earliest Salvadorans to come to Boston. After working
as a cook in various Cambridge restaurants, he opened his own store
in East Boston in 1990. In the last 13 years, he has bought three
more properties and spearheaded a trend toward Salvadoran real estate
had spent so much time in Cambridge serving American food, she'd
forgotten what the people of her native El Salvador preferred. Moving
her business to East Boston forced her to re-educate herself on
the cuisine of her countrymen. The market she runs now has become
a neighborhood institution, and has earned her a regular base of
customers from both Latin and North America.
the American dream
came to East Boston looking for a better life. He found a job opportunity,
a wife and the investment of a lifetime. Now he is expanding his
restaurant operations, continuing his grueling work schedule in
the hopes of giving his American-born daughters a brighter future.