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Old 08-05-2011, 10:35 PM
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I will be interviewing next week with a charter school called City on a Hill, located in Roxbury on Circuit St. I have to take public transportation in, and it seems that my best option is the bus, which goes into Dudley Station.

How safe is the area around the school? The school has a really great reputation but I'm a little weary about the surroundings, and not being from Boston, I want to know as much as possible before I go there for the first time.
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:31 AM
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Circuit Street is in the Washington Park urban renewal area where much of the 19th century housing you see elsewhere in Roxbury was torn down in the '60s and replaced with modern, publicly assisted units. Maybe not so modern any more. Anyway, the area is a little dicey and short on charm. You will be safe enough in broad daylight. The walk up from Dudley Street is 10, maybe 15 minutes.
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:30 AM
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Women and White people should proceed with caution and not alone IMHO. I've ridden buses (and the former Orange Line) through Dudley Station and had no problems whatsoever. Ditto for driving. But as a tall Caucasian there's always been an issue for me when I've walked along Warren or Washington St's, or waited on a bus in the station, unless I'm accompanied by a "person of color." (I suppose my street cred has been established in that case.) Let's just say that some words sent in my direction have been not nice, and leave it there. Fortunately that's as far as it's gotten.
Females, particularly if young and/or attractive, have to put up with the same stuff that they do most places where men are driving or walking past or on a construction site or what have you. (That is to say, most places - period - except for Gay bars. ) And when you're in a high-crime area and most violent criminals are male, nuff said. A good-looking lady of any skin shade standing alone at a bus stop is a sheep to wolves.
By all means, take the job if it's offered. But go in with your eyes wide open and street sense sharpened.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:47 PM
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I don't believe that's such a terrible area, although you have to realize that most of Roxbury is dicey to varying degrees. Will you be walking from Dudley to this school? Dudley itself is a real sketchy area. But commuting by bus to Dudley shouldn't be a problem. Dudley Square is a transport hub with police activity so it's pretty safe during daytime and you won't necessarily feel too out of place (night time is a different matter). But if you're talking about venturing out on a 15min walk from Dudley Sq... I'm not sure if I'd want to do it everyday, esp if I'm a woman or if I'm getting off work after dark (which is like 4-5pm in winter).
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:05 PM
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Ignore everything that has been written in response up to this point. Take the train/bus to Dudley; get out. Walk up Washington Street to Circuit Street. Take a left. Go up Circuit Street to the school. It is an absolutely uneventful experience.

I am past tired of the way my extended neighborhood is portrayed on this forum. You have nothing to worry about - male or female. If you're worried, then you should seek a different job. End of discussion.
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