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Old 04-21-2012, 12:03 AM
 
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Hi All,

My husband and I are relocating from Detroit to Boston and we've settled on a great condo in South Boston. It's located on E street between 7th and W Broadway.

However, I'm starting to get a little worried. I just saw on the news that a woman was murdered a few blocks down the other day, and I've been hearing mixed reviews regarding the safety of the neighborhood. Can those who know the area well answer the following questions:

1. Will it be safe for me to walk from the Broadway T to home at night?
2. Is it safe to go out for dinner/drinks at night and then walk home after?
3. How much crime (robberies, drug-related) occurs in that area?

Thank you all in advance for your advice!
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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I've lived in Southie for years, and find it plenty safe. Granted I'm a male, but there are plenty of single females living in the neighborhood, walking to and from the T, out running, etc. I'd have no problem recommending the neighborhood to a female.

Homicides are rare in Southie. I believe the one you're referring to was down in Andrew Sq.

The area you're moving to is fine. I have a couple friends (one is female)around the corner from you on W 5th. I wouldn't recommend walking through the D St projects late at night, but you should have no problem walking from the T down Broadway at night. There is actually a Boston neighborhood police station right there on Broadway. Just use common sense as you would in any urban environment, and you'll be fine.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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I believe that you folks have made a good and safe choice in Condos. That area is safe.

Note that you will see me eating hot dogs after a good healthy walk around Castle Island.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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There was a stabbing on Monday morning on E 7th that left a grandmother dead - honestly, not really sure what the deal was there. Seems like an isolated incident. I live over that way, closer to the Old Colony projects and have never felt unsafe. I've stumbled home from the bars at all hours of the night and never been harassed or bothered in the least. (I'm a 5'1" female.)

If you go looking for trouble, I'm sure it can be found anywhere, but I see mostly young professionals/students/families in Southie. Some of the Southie lifers can be real jerks, but I just try to be nice and go about my day. I think it sounds like a great location and you'll enjoy your time in Southie!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for your feedback, I feel much better now. Maybe I will be running into some of you soon!
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:54 PM
 
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I have lived here 9 years and come home all hours of the night. I have never felt unsafe. I am 5'7" 44 year old female. It's the city so you should always be careful but this is a great neighborhood. It is very sad to have had such a terrible tragedy happen recently.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:35 PM
 
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Glad you are safe and it is a tragedy what happened. Police will get this person and get him off the streets.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:01 PM
 
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If you go looking for trouble, I'm sure it can be found anywhere, but I see mostly young professionals/students/families in Southie. Some of the Southie lifers can be real jerks, but I just try to be nice and go about my day. I think it sounds like a great location and you'll enjoy your time in Southie!
So which is it? Is Southie nothing but professionals, or is Southie still populated by "Whitey Bulger" types? Can Black people walk in your neighborhood without incident?
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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Can Black people walk in your neighborhood without incident?
No. If you're not white, wearing a Bird throwback jersey, and have 6 friends named 'Murph', there will be an incident.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:12 PM
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To the OP: Just use your commonsense. It's the city. So don't look like a good victim. If you are coming home late at night by yourself, wear practical shoes so you can run and don't have an expensive looking shoulder bag that can be snatched. Wear a shrill whistle around your neck. Walk confidently and walk in the streetlights' glow. If you see other people walking on the sidewalk going your way, stay near them. If you feel uncomfortable or threatened, have your husband meet you at the T stop until you get to know the area.
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