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Old 11-29-2010, 10:10 PM
 
Location: CT
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Allston, Brighton, Brookline, Fenway/Kenmore, Backbay, South End, Cambridge

which is the safest area to live in overall? what are areas to avoid?
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Brookline is extremely safe. Allston, Brighton, Fenway/Kenmore have tons of college students, so more of the crime there is property crime, though there has been more campus violence this year. I can't speak for the other neighborhoods.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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All of those are great. Allston is the most collegy with BU sitting right in the middle of it. Back Bay is $$$$. Any one those are great. Check out the streets scenes here:

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Old 11-30-2010, 12:03 AM
 
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Actually the BU campus is more in the Kenmore Square area, though it does run down Comm. Ave. toward Allston, and plenty of students live off of Comm. Ave. in Allston.

The South End used to be a bad area, but has been largely gentrified. Word of mouth I've heard is that a few local spots are still not the best, but I'm not sure exactly which spots. Get some good info to make sure you're avoiding these areas if you consider the South End. Other than any questionable local spots there might be in the SE, all the areas you're asking about are safe, as long as you keep in mind that basic safety precautions are prudent anywhere in a city. The bigger issue might be that a lot of the Fenway/Kenmore area and much of Allston will have a heavy student population, so much of the territory around there will be noisy undergrad turf that you might want to avoid if you're an adult working person.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Allston, Brighton, Brookline, Fenway/Kenmore, Backbay, South End, Cambridge

which is the safest area to live in overall? what are areas to avoid?
Brookline isn't an area in Boston, it's a completely separate, upper middle class+ town bordering Boston. safe, but expensive

Cambridge isn't an area in Boston, it's a completely separate city with good and bad areas

as mentioned, Allston, Brighton, and Fenway/Kenmore have a lot of college students. you'll have issues w/ loud drunkards, bar/club fights some property damage, and maybe even some theft due to people stumbling home drunk and not being mindful for their surroundings. seriously, all of the areas listed are some of the safest neighborhoods/towns in/around Boston. the biggest issue would be where in Cambridge you're looking
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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What are you looking for besides safety? Some more information as to what you are trying to accomplish, whether you're a student, parent, or whatever would help folks give you the information you need. As it is all of these areas have good and bad.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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looking for something around 1100-1200 thats not a closet space and that i can have a spot for my car...i'm asking for alot i know while i'm used to CT living in a large house with alot of space with the parents...i'm 23 out of college for two years and will be working 50 hours a week in financial district not wanting to deal with walking home late and getting mugged but again thats the city, just need to be aware of my surroundings
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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looking for something around 1100-1200 thats not a closet space and that i can have a spot for my car...i'm asking for alot i know while i'm used to CT living in a large house with alot of space with the parents...i'm 23 out of college for two years and will be working 50 hours a week in financial district not wanting to deal with walking home late and getting mugged but again thats the city, just need to be aware of my surroundings
But Boston is not full of creeps like New Haven. I used to LOVE stumbling home up Boylston St totally pasted - with thousands of my closest friends doing the same. Never once in 15 years did I have a physical confrontation.

Conversely growing up in Albany NY, I had about 10 street fights per year with about a 50/50 record. Not bad since I rarely was the antagonist.
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:10 PM
 
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looking for something around 1100-1200 thats not a closet space and that i can have a spot for my car...i'm asking for alot i know while i'm used to CT living in a large house with alot of space with the parents...i'm 23 out of college for two years and will be working 50 hours a week in financial district not wanting to deal with walking home late and getting mugged but again thats the city, just need to be aware of my surroundings
The likelihood of getting mugged in those areas is about nil.

I'm guessing the cheapest place in the 1100-1200 range would be brighton, but it would be tough finding a place with a parking space.
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:39 PM
 
Location: CT
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bostonian-great to hear then i'll be more comfortable
hartfordrenter- i'll check brighton
thanks
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