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Old 08-10-2013, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Talk to a librarian or two at the Lower Mills and Adams branches. See what kind of activities or book clubs they offer (maybe not many as they're smallish). Ask about their knowledge of major problems.

Check past issues of the Dorchester Reporter weekly. Not sure if it's also online...
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Everett, Massachusetts
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There are online maps of major crime incidents that have occurred in Boston neighborhoods easily found via search engine. Check these out for unbiased raw data.

That said, I don't live in Dorchester, but I've spent lots of time there due to work, and I have a number of friends who live there. I really like the neighborhood, but I am also aware of some of the things that have happened there. Since the OP mentioned a desire to be less car-dependent, it's worth pointing out that there have been some serious incidents that have occurred near the T stations with pretty decent regularity. Even Shawmut, which is in a beautiful neighborhood tucked off Dot Ave, has had its share of problems - two coworkers of mine used to live on Nixon Street right beside the station and told me of a mugging that they witnessed, and I've heard of other more high-profile incidents around there as well. In any event, I'm not condemning Dorchester at all. I'm just saying that it's worth knowing that there have been issues in some spots and to be very careful. Honestly, this advice could be applied to lots of places, but we all know that common sense isn't always so common.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Professor, your font is annoying.

Anyway, the only thing bad about Pope's Hill is that it is a little scary driving down the steep streets in winter. But the city does an excellent job salting the roads. You'll certainly get your exercise.
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:17 PM
 
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We've walked around Pope's Hill a little more and are really starting to like it. And the Dot2Dot cafe is fantastic!

It does seem underserved by public transit, but I think Adams Village and Lower Mills will be easily bikeable. Although I'm starting to wonder why there isn't a Red Line T stop behind Pope's Hill, near the shore, before the line gets down to Quincy. It would be great to have a stop at Tenean Beach or Boston Bowl... there are two hotels and multiple Dunkin Donuts there already!
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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We've walked around Pope's Hill a little more and are really starting to like it. And the Dot2Dot cafe is fantastic!

It does seem underserved by public transit, but I think Adams Village and Lower Mills will be easily bikeable. Although I'm starting to wonder why there isn't a Red Line T stop behind Pope's Hill, near the shore, before the line gets down to Quincy. It would be great to have a stop at Tenean Beach or Boston Bowl... there are two hotels and multiple Dunkin Donuts there already!
That would make too much sense. We're talking about The MBTA here.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Everett, Massachusetts
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The idea of having additional stations on the long stretch between JFK/UMass and North Quincy got my curiosity going, so I did a bit of research. Apparently there were a few stations on an old line serving this part of Dorchester which were removed, and some remnants of these stations may still be visible, though I've never noticed them. The next time I am heading down that way, I'll have a look. In case anyone else is curious about this, look up the lost stations of the Old Colony line for more info - there seems to be a bit out there.
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