Seems there's a push to rename Barry's Corner - where Western Avenue and North Harvard Street intersect, and where Harvard once had visions of a urban village - as Allston Square.
Proponents say the renaming would honor a famous American artist - the guy the entire neighborhood is named for - and remove the icky stain of a barely remembered battle in which a neighborhood was replaced by a low-income housing project.
As you might expect, that argument doesn't sit well with people who have always called the area Barry's Corner and who say the area has a unique history worth recalling by keeping the same exact name. Besides, Allston already has Union Square and Allston Village.
Via This Is Harvard, which asks:
Should Barryâ€™s Corner go the way of Scollay Square and the West End? It has in the sense that privately owned single and multi-family homes are gone and will likely never be replaced, but is the name so offensive that it needs to go too?
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