Fenway/Kenmore Neighborhood - Boston, Massachusetts - Boston Neighborhood with Many Names


Fenway Kenmore is a well known area of Boston, Massachusetts. While a neighborhood may be considered for administrative purposes, this one actually consists of numerous neighborhoods with two very different feels, and is rarely regarded as a single entity. Locals call the neighborhood "The Fenway," and "Kenmore Square" or simply "Kenmore.''

In addition, the Fenway neighborhood is divided into two distinct sub districts commonly referred to as the East Fenway/Symphony and Fenway Park West. Fenway is the name of The Fenway, a principal avenue established by Frederick Law Olmsted.

The neighborhood is home to Fenway Park, the famous Citgo sign, Kenmore Square, the Art Institute of Boston, the Forsyth Institute, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Northeastern University in the New England Conservatory, the portions of the University Boston (including Myles Standish Residence), part of Harvard Medical School, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Simmons College, Wheelock College, Emmanuel College, the New England School of Photography, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Fenway Park is a neighborhood on the south by Mission Hill, Back Bay Fens and Columbus Avenue in the north by the Mass Pike, and west by Mission Hill. The district consists almost entirely of five to six story apartment buildings with small independently owned shops scattered throughout. Race, Fenway is predominantly white but also has a large population of Asian Americans and African. East Fenway remains largely populated while Fenway West was formerly known as a haven for students because of its proximity to many city colleges and universities, but due to growing interest in the area and the high rents, has become full of young professionals and families of many of whom work in the neighboring Longwood Medical and Academic Area. The crime rate in the neighborhood remains relatively low.

Kenmore is located north and west of Fenway Park, and shares many of the same attributes of Fenway. Fenway Park is actually located in Kenmore, across the Mass Pike from Kenmore Square. Many students from nearby Boston University and Northeastern University reside in the neighborhood. The area is almost entirely brick, walk-up buildings and brownstone houses, although in the last 20 years almost every residential building in Kenmore has been purchased by Boston University and became the dormitories, especially in the area Audubon Circle between Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue.

Fenway Park is separated from the Back Bay by the Muddy River, which flows through the Back Bay Fens and the Charles River.

The neighborhood is served by the MBTA Green Line, with stops at Hynes, Kenmore, Fenway, Symphony, Northeastern and the Museum of Fine Arts. Fenway Kenmore is served by a number of MBTA buses.

The Fenway Park Drive circulates around the marshes. Boylston Street is a major east-west and Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, crossing in Kenmore Square. Huntington Avenue (Route 9) is located on the southern border.

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