Triple Deckers

Triple Deckers

From Wikipedia:

They were most commonly built in medium to large cities in the New England area, particularly Boston, Worcester, Lawrence, Fall River, New Bedford, Somerville, and Lowell, Massachusetts between 1870 and 1920, due to the high availability of lumber in New England around that time period. They were used primarily as housing for the large numbers of European immigrants then flooding those cities. They were regarded as much more livable than their brick and stone tenement counterparts in other Northeastern cities, as they allowed for airflow and light on all four sides of each building.
They were built in huge numbers, in some areas, comprising entire neighborhoods, but by the 1950s, many of them had been razed or abandoned, due to urban flight. Starting in the early 1980s, however, they became desirable again, largely by home buyers looking for homes with built in income potential (they could live in one unit and rent out the other two, thus helping them pay their mortgage).

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