WASHINGTON — When John and Mary McGlinchey opened their Boston bar, they hoped it would bring back the Bostonian spirit of the past.
But the couple’s efforts were short-lived.
As the town has come to resemble the modern-day Boston of the 1960s, the McGlinches are finding themselves increasingly scrutinized for their business practices and attitudes.
While Bostonians are more accepting of immigrants, they are skeptical of outsiders and see their local businesses as not just an extension of their lives, but a symbol that brings them back to a lost time, said James W. Poynter, a professor of urban studies at Boston University.
“Boston has lost its spirit of hospitality, its spirit as a beacon of freedom,” he said.
“The McGlins are a reminder of how the past has been rekindled.”
Poynters findings on Boston’s revitalization have sparked new debates over the McGrays’ business and culture.
They have also made the McBains a focal point of national debate over immigration, police brutality and racial profiling.
Many of the McGleches’ employees have left Boston.
The McBensons, who are from Georgia, have a son, and they’ve made it a point to support and encourage their son in his studies in the United States.
A year ago, Mary McBillion, 52, became the first black woman to become a captain in the U.S. Navy.
Now she is also one of the oldest white women in Boston.
But she said she’s also worried about the changing face of Boston.
Poyns findings have been met with criticism.
It’s a false assumption that Boston is a melting pot of cultures and religions, he said, because the McBeys’ Boston is so distinct.
Boston’s new and diverse population is growing at a rapid pace, Poyns said.
If anything, Boston’s population is declining, he added.
In the 1970s, McGlinceys were among the citys first immigrants to the United Kingdom.
They moved here in the 1960, and the McBecys started the Boston Heritage Association to help raise money for local schools.
After they left, the family moved to the U, but the McEsles were asked to leave in 1973 because the city was facing a financial crisis.
They moved to Vermont in 1977 and the family eventually bought a home.
Poynos findings echo those of many historians who have studied Boston’s history.
His book “The Lost American City” tells the story of a group of immigrant farmers who fled colonial America in search of a new life in the new nation.
McGlincheys moved to Boston in 1982 and the couple still own and operate the Boston Globe.
They’ve been critical of President Donald Trump, and have spoken out against the president’s policies on immigration and race.
Their son, John McGloughan, a former Marine who has also been critical, has been criticized for saying that he’s proud to be white.
The McBeies’ Boston has been a place of promise and opportunity for the McBrideys, but now, Poys report, they’re looking for a place where their sons can make the same.
We have to do better, he wrote in a letter.
For now, the couple has no plans to return.
James McBean, the elder McBeachans son, said that while the family’s efforts to promote the Boston-based Heritage Association are positive, it’s too early to know how they’ll be received by the town.
He said the McBelleys are looking to find a more welcoming place for the community to come together, and to make Boston a more diverse place.
That is, if the McDevilles can find a new home for their son.