South Quincy is a triangular shaped neighborhood that developed out of the growth of the granite industry in Quincy in the 1800s. The district runs from Centre and Granite Streets over to Franklin Street and combines single-family homes and condos with a mix of small businesses and apartments. Both Adams (John and John Quincy) were born on Franklin Street with family-owned farms. South Quincy has strong working class roots and a diverse group of immigrant populations, including Finns, Irish, Italians, Scots, and Swedes and more recently newcomers from Asian and Indian cultures. Throughout the 20th century, many of the nation’s granite buildings and monuments were produced in Quincy. Today, a residential-office complex sits on top of the former quarry area.
Located in the south central portion of Quincy, South Quincy is bounded on the north by Quincy Center and West Quincy; on the south by Braintree; on the east by Quincy Avenue and the Quincy Point neighborhood; and to the west by Interstate 93 with easy access to the city and South Shore.