I am referring to Norwood
, a middle-class
suburb 15 miles south-west of Boston
Norwood is located near the geographic center of Norfolk County
The town's population has remained relatively steady at around 30,000, although the demographics have changed somewhat over the last couple of decades.
Approximately 80% of the population is white, most of whom are Catholic (predominantly Irish, with smaller groups of Italian, Polish, and Lithuanian).
15% of the population is Asian
, with an almost equal number of Middle East
eners and Indian
The remaining population is mainly Brazilian
Along with Marshfield
, and Stoneham
, Norwood has traditionally been a bastion of Irish-American
residents, many of whom are justifiably proud of their heritage.
There is a fairly large, and active, Middle Eastern
community in Norwood. Iranians
, and Lebanese
are the predominant groups. Norwood is one of the largest towns in Massachusetts
with a sizeable Muslim
population not to have a Mosque
Norwood does have a Synagogue
, although Muslims easily outnumber Jewish
residents at least 10-1.
There is convenient mass transit
. There are three Commuter Rail stops, Norwood Depot
, Norwood Central
, and Windsor Gardens
In addition, the Forest Hills
bus traverses Washington Street.
Most Norwood neighborhoods are solidly middle-class with relatively little turnover.
Norwood has one of the highest concentrations of apartment and condominium complexes in the area. Windsor Gardens
is noted not only for its train station, but also a large transient population, many of whom are Indian
South Norwood, aka "The Flats," is a working-class neighborhood centered around the corner of Washington and Dean Streets. Some areas are somewhat seedy; many of the two-decker and three-decker homes look as if they came straight out of Jamaica Plain
. I would hardly classify the area as "ghetto," though.
If there is a truly "posh" section of Norwood, it would be the area adjacent to Willett Pond/New Pond near St. Timothy's Church, plus the southern part of Nichols Street (and adjacent side streets). This area abuts the more-affluent town of Westwood
Norwood is most famous to outsiders for the "Automile
," along Route 1/Providence Highway. Although most Automile dealerships are indeed in Norwood, some dealerships are just across the town line in Dedham
, or Walpole
The late Ernie Boch, Sr. is famous for spearheading the Automile. His strong accent was a staple in Boston media for years. Example: "Boch Toyota
*, Route One Nah-wood, my name is Ernie Boch, come on down!"
* If I recall, he pronounced Toyota as "Tie-oda"