Meet Two South Enders: Carol Trust and Barry Zaltman

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When Carol Trust and Barry Zaltman decided to increase their living space from their modestly sized condominium on Beacon Hill and realized they were urban people at heart, they left the myth of the idyllic suburban lifestyle behind and focused on the South End. In the mid-’80s, Zaltman came across a classic Victorian house on Chandler Street with a triplex and two separate floor-through rental units. This has been their home for 30 years. “As soon as I stepped over the threshold and walked through the house, I understood how we would live in it,” Zaltman said. “It was a done deal in my searching for our new home.”

With a growing family, the couple was looking not only for more space, but also a convenient location within walking distance of work, the library, the theatre, grocery stores, and restaurants. "For me, it was the pace," said Trust, "I liked the energy of the South End, its cozy, neighborly vibe." And this remains as true to the spirit of the South End today as it did when the couple moved here years ago.

Zaltman is a photographer and appreciates the proximity to the Boston Center for the Arts  (BCA) and the neighborhood’s numerous galleries. He has exhibited his work everywhere from local coffee shops to SoWa galleries. Trust is a retired social worker with a second career as a guide for Boston by Foot and a docent at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), where she has been trained to lead tours in all five galleries. In addition, she is a board member of the South End Ellis Neighborhood Association and a mentor for students at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, which is just around the corner from their house.

Zaltman is even part of an informal neighborhood 'men's club. "We have breakfast at Berkeley Perk and talk about the state of the state, the country and the world," he mused. The fact that Zaltman and Trust can recognize other long time South Enders walking ahead of them by their silhouette and gait is a testament to how in tune with the community they are.

The two are passionate Argentine tango dancers. Social not stage, they are quick to clarify. "We usually travel to Buenos Aires once a year--the epicenter of tango,” Trust said. The couple also takes advantage of the musical programs at the New England Conservatory and the Berkeley School of Music, both institutions within walking distance of their home.

More recently, Carol and Barry became first-time grandparents, as daughter Alexandra and son-in-law Adam started their own family just five blocks away. "Way cool," Trust said.