Ma, don't know when the last time you were in the neighborhood, but it's changed a bit. Giovanni's is now a copy place. Someone shot the one armed maitre de years ago. A lot of the housing has been refurbished, and a fair number of the old two families have been turned into condos. Across the river, and along Water St. to the northwest, the river is lined with new condos that average $300,000 +, though the market's a little soft these days. Brewer's Hill again has pricey real estate.
Brady St., once the haven of dive bars and an underground music/night scene is now the location of a number of fine dining restaurants. The Up and Under is still there, but it's not the blues mecca it once was. Of course you can still close Wolski's and get a bumper sticker. There's a few coffee places and still some of the resale shops.
I lived on the corner of Cambridge and Brady in the early to mid eighties, and the crappy three family I lived in is now the Subway portion of a strip mall. Zaffiro's is still on Farwell, thank God, and continues to produce some of the finest ultra thin crispy crust pizza in the entire world.
Many things, however, have changed. Good or bad? That's open for debate.
Sorry KelleyBean, for the hijack, but Brady St. and the east side are near and dear to my heart. Oh, those many long nights in the Up and Under Pub. Great blues Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Then a gyro at The Island across the street.
Now I feel old. :(