The Pope In America: Uphams Corner: A Brief Encounter

It happened at 1,000—maybe at 100,000—stretches of street, bends in the road, unmarked dots on the newspaper maps that showed the routes of John Paul's motorcade. Each scene was different, yet each was very much the same. The sum of them was a papal visit. TIME Correspondent Jeff Melvoin reports from Uphams Corner in Boston.

It is a little shopping area straddling northern Dorchester and southern Roxbury, whose life has bobbed up and down and up again with the social tides that have swept the Boston area. Boston is a city of ethnic neighborhoods, and Uphams Corner has seen its share —Irish,...

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