The Old North End, an historically blue-collar, white, working class neighborhood in Burlington, has seen an influx of New Americans in the last 20 years that has dramatically changed its culture and character. A thriving business community has grown there, with a diverse mix of businesses representing the many nationalities of its newer residents, from the Mawuhi African Market to Nepalese and Somali-run eateries to Indian clothing stores. On any given day, women in brightly colored saris and hijab can be seen walking with their children. At the two magnet schools in the neighborhood, teachers communicate with students in nine different languages.
Recently the website Curbed profiled this diverse immigrant neighborhood along with Sacramento, California, focusing on the positive changes new populations can bring to previously underutilized and run down areas. Enjoy this tour of Burlington’s Old North End, a colorful, multilingual extended neighborhood thriving with New Americans, Vermonters, diverse businesses, and a strong sense of community.