Boston is often thought of as a collection of neighborhoods, each uniquely reflecting who lives and works there. While they may not correspond to voting districts or zip codes, these "mental maps" are real and present in our culture, often becoming sites of identity and pride, as well as contention and exclusion.
Click on this map to see the 26 neighborhoods in Boston.
See also Filling in the land for a map of how Boston was "filled in" over the centuries.
Source: Boston Public Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center