The Combat Zone was the name given in the s to the adult entertainment district in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Centered on Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street, the area was once the site of many strip clubs, peep shows, X-rated movie theaters and adult bookstores. It also had a reputation for crime, including prostitution. Besides the strip clubs and X-rated movie theaters, numerous peep shows and adult bookstores lined most of Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street.
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Students, office workers, doctors, and shoppers navigate the busy sidewalks along Washington and Boylston Streets, giving little thought to the historical significance of their surroundings. The Combat Zone, a five-plus-acre, city-sanctioned adult entertainment district, was as sordid and alluring as anything found in Amsterdam or Vegas. Stephanie S: Laughs Yes a lot of young men went there. Someone once told me that they went there so they would have a story to tell for a lifetime. SS: Well, I have written extensively about Boston.
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And like pretty much like any other teenager, I worked quite hard at the craft of getting into trouble as often as possible. I ran with a crowd that was comprised of teenage losers that enjoyed passing the time stealing beer from delivery trucks. As far as you and my parents know, I mostly never did anything more than drink said stolen beer under train track bridges while underage.
Strolling down Washington Street nowadays it is hard to believe that the area of Chinatown between Boylston and Kneeland was once home to Boston's seedy underbelly of strip clubs and peep shows. The notorious "Combat Zone" thrived from the s all the way through when Mayor Raymond Flynn brought it down. Author, Stephanie Schorow's book, Inside the Combat Zone: The Stripped Down Story of Boston's Most Notorious Neighborhood , reveals the dirty little secrets of this "designated adult entertainment district," as well as personal stories of the people who lived, worked and sinned there.