This weekend I rode my bike through Fort Point Channel and the Seaport District. Growing up, this part of Boston was referred to as Southie and it was mostly vacant and considered undesirable, which is crazy when you realize its proximity to downtown and it is waterfront property. These neighborhoods still have a far way to go, but the city is doing a great job wooing businesses and setting aside public space for everyone to enjoy. Some of my favorite bars (drink anyone?), great restaurants (too many to list), cool shops (e.g. Louis Boston) and points of interest like the Institute of Contemporary Art and Children's Museum now dot these neighborhoods.
Fort Point Channel sits next to the Leather and Financial District. Most of the buildings are refurbished mills dating back to the second half of the 19th century.
The Seaport District has a more modern look with newer buildings and public art.