Old Port City Now Ethnic Enclave
"New England Produce Market"
The New England Produce Market isn't a quaint farmer's market as one might imagine, but rather a vast array of commercial unloading docks and refrigerated warehouses that receive and distribute to Boston the produce grown as far away as Florida, California, and beyond. Some imported tropical fruits come to the seaport and arrive here in refrigerated containers, but most produce arrives in refrigerated trailers hauled by over-the-road truckers. I'm such a trucker, and regularly haul lettuce, broccoli, spinach, artichokes, bell peppers, carrots, and many other crops grown in the great agricultural valleys of California--Salinas, Central, and Coachella Valleys to be precise. I'll arrive at midnight and get unload shortly thereafter. But, sometimes I arrive early, park the truck, and walk into downtown Chelsea.
Chelsea is older than Boston, but its history is mostly one of belonging to Boston. The city has faced two tragic fires and financial receivership by the state. According to Wikipedia, at 1.8 sq mi., and with a population of 35,000, Chelsea is the both the smallest and most densely populated city in Massachusetts. The town has numerous residential highrise neighborhoods within walking distance of the port and produce market, and a heavy police and fire fighter presence downtown. But, for truckers brought to the market, Chelsea provides access to the city of Boston by bus, and an ample supply of mostly Hispanic restaurants. For everyone, there are a number of historical buildings and monuments worth noting.