Originally a colonial settlement, Portsmouth’s North End became an ethnic neighborhood in the 19th century when poor Irish immigrants moved to the Christian Shores area. Later in the early 1900’s Italian immigrants settled in the North End in large numbers and within a few decades the blocks in and around Russell Street, where the North End Portsmouth project will be located, was nearly 100% Italian. The tight knit Italian community had its own restaurants, shops, and grocery stores and the children attended the local Farragut school. It was a vibrant neighborhood with a lot of activity until Urban Renewal demolished the North End in the early 1970’s.

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