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Triple O-My: Whitey Bulger's Old Block Turning Boutique-y

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File this under Further Proof Southie Is Boston's Changing-est Neighborhood: a boutique hotel might drop on the same block that once hosted Triple O's, the oft-bloody hangout of newly minted convict Whitey Bulger.

Per Casey Ross in The Globe: "Pappas Enterprises, which developed condominiums and stores at the Macallen and Court Square Press buildings nearby, wants to construct the 156-room hotel on parking lots across from the West Broadway bridge, near the entrance to Gillette Co. The $35 million hotel would include a restaurant, a separate cafe, and a rooftop pool and lounge."

The proposed hotel joins the transformation (read: gentrification) of Southie's west side, which itself joins the long-running transformation of the waterfront area. New arrivals like 11 West Broadway, home of the first Southie Starbucks beyond the waterfront, and Fromage, a French wine-and-cheese joint also on West Broadway have changed not only the real estate of the west side, but the pace and feel. The Hub's No. 1 Neighborhood of 2012 will, indeed, never be the same.
· Boutique Hotel May Rise in South Boston [Globe]
· 12-Story Hotel Pitched for Corner of West Broadway, Dorchester Avenue [Boston.com]
· The Departed: South Boston to Change Forever This Year [Curbed Boston]
· What the New Starbucks in Southie Would Mean [Curbed Boston]