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    Paul Revere's Historic Neighborhood Getting Overhaul
    AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, File
    This Nov. 24, 2004, file photo shows tourists visiting the Paul Revere House in the North End neighborhood of Boston. The city’s most trekked tourist attraction is the 2.5 mile bricked pathway that takes visitors on a tour of Boston’s past. The route starts in the heart of the city at Boston Common and winds its way over the Charles River to Charlestown to the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill. One of the most notable spots is the home of Paul Revere, famous for the ride he made on horseback to warn colonists that the British were coming. The 1680 wooden home is the oldest building in downtown still in existence.

    Paul Revere's neighborhood is getting a makeover.

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will help break ground Wednesday on a $2.5 million project to revitalize North Square, a part of the city's historic North End that's home to the revolutionary's house.

    The Democratic mayor says the project will transform the modest cobblestone square and surrounding streetscape in front of Revere's house into a "livable, walkable, multimodal, green and sustainable" one.

    North Square is one of Boston's oldest occupied neighborhoods and is a popular tourist destination that sees 4 million visitors a year as part of the Freedom Trail.

    Revere is famed for his midnight ride on April 18, 1775, warning the British were coming. Last month, archaeologists excavated what they believe was the site of an outhouse next door to Revere's home.

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