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Old 03-23-2013, 12:56 AM
 
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Is there anywhere in Jamaica Plain these days that would be safe for a young college girl to live in and to take public transit to alone late at night? She is a music student and has late night concerts.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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Fenway and Mission Hill are becoming increasingly safer and are closer to the music schools. Do always check crime reports for specific areas and bus routes.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:50 PM
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Is there anywhere in Jamaica Plain these days that would be safe for a young college girl to live in and to take public transit to alone late at night? She is a music student and has late night concerts.
A lot depends on the individual. When I was in college, I never ever had any problems working at night in South Providence, but I walked with confidence and didn't dress in a feminine fashion. I'd be in jeans, sneakers and topping that off with a beat up old army jacket. No makeup on. No handbag to grab and I could run if I needed to.

But I do see some young women that to me, look like good potential victims. They dress sexy and like their high heels. They have expensive Coach handbags. They are a size 0 and look easy to knock down.

Anyway, JP is a vibrant, artsy area along the main streets. But the farther away from Centre street, in the quieter residential areas, it can be very dark at light with just the overhead street lights.

As someone else suggested, when looking at apartments or other residential real estate, it's very smart to go back in the evenings to check out the neighborhood. And don't rush these visits, but walk around and even find a place to sit and just absorb the area's atmosphere. A daytime visit doesn't give you enough information. AND... everyone has a different reaction to things. What feels safe to one young woman might feel unsafe to another one. And do listen to your gut feelings. Never feel embarrassed admitting to feeling uncomfortable in any situation or neighborhood.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:04 PM
 
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Does the commuter rail in Roslindale, go into Boston, and/or other suburbs? And is Roslindale very ethnically diverse? Are the safest areas of Roslindale, also the most costly, with regards to housing? Also, is Roslindale as accepting of those in the gay and lesbian community, as JP is supposed to be?
It's the sad, sad story of the LGBT exodus - an appropriate story during Passover, too.

Once the community was out priced in the South End, the people split in their haste for affordable, but cute, housing. Half packed their trendy in-house studios and wheatgerm smoothies to JP and the other half made the perilous journey to Dot and its gritty urbanity.

Once JP became overpriced, the chosen people were again forced into exile in Roslindale- land of tasty ethic bakeries and annoying commuter rail woes.

Roz is annoyingly expensive. Last year when I was looking, I couldn't find anything under $250k for a 1br condo.

If you work in the city, it's annoying to pay so much more for the commuter rail and still be so inconvenienced by it. Orange line at least gets you somewhere.
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Old 03-08-2015, 03:07 PM
 
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Hopes were high for Washington St to rebound after the el tracks were removed, but this hasn't happened appreciably much. That particular area still has gang problems (which, paradoxically, have next to no effect on some streets immediately nearby.)
A few years later, can anyone speak to how accurate this statement is? How has Washington St changed- or not? I know it's a long street, are certain areas along it better than others? I'd imagine near Forest Hills is a little sketchier; how about near Green St?
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