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Old 08-22-2014, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Mass
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I've also seen two heavily drug addicted women fighting at ashmont and see police there fairly regularly as I take the train and bus there daily and occasionally the trolley. You can act like crime isn't real in ashmont, but I will tell you firsthand Fuller Street is not a nice street. And there ain't no way around that. Does ashmont really seem like the place to raise kids? People get shot, pistol whipped and burglarized weekly. Weekly. Like clockwork. and it's not even news.
I'll pass your kind wishes and concerns on to my friends who are raising their children in Dorchester and tell them they should move to suburbia post haste before DCF comes to their door.

People living in a city know and understand there are trade-offs versus living in purgatory--oops, meant suburbia.

Folks on C-D, and especially on any Dorchester post, forget that some people and people with children really do prefer and chose to live in cities for the many, many benefits. Won't list them because they aren't things you want from your living/home space.

City people vs. suburban people will never, ever see eye-to-eye.

Let's just accept that and move on and provide constructive advice when asked.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Thank God somebody has some sense. I lived there also for 12 years and would never live there now. It is more dangerous in the previously "safe" areas and just as bad as it ever was in the less safe areas.

Of course, many people live out their lives in Dorchester without injury. But just look at the crime stats.

Here is an interesting link: Armed home invasion in Dorchester: Residents tied up, one pistol whipped | Universal Hub
C'mon Martha Anne, this was obviously a targeted crime, as in it was probably a low level drug dealer's home.

I've been on Carruth St for 10 years and have never had a problem.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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For the most part I wouldn't. A place in the lower mills or neoponset I would consider it. I'd much rather raise my kids in roslindale or hyde park
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Meanwhile, the OP checked out a year and change ago.
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:29 AM
 
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Dorchester is a pretty large area and has a lot of poverty everywhere (think plenty of disillusioned, disenfranchised angry teenagers) and in or on the boundaries of the nicer neighborhoods, where the wealthier residents reside. For 12 years, 1999-2011, I lived in one of the nicest parts, near the Ashmont Hill T. I'd not raise my kids there in 2000 or now. I only realized how different the atmosphere of my neighborhood was when I moved to Newton (a different world, I well know) and didn't look over my shoulder constantly when walking at night or to and from the T at any hour. There was a robbery-gone bad stranger murder in my neighborhood, occasional gang fights in the streets, robberies, car thefts, break-ins, etc. The property values pre-2000 were an ok deal for fixer uppers, but from 2005 to 2014+ they are unreasonable, given dorchester's crime, quality of schools, and inadequate city services. If you can afford a $375,000-$500,000+ house, there are other, reasonably priced towns within commuting distance to downtown Boston. Will you get as much house? Maybe. Will you get better city services, better schools for your kids, and experience less day to day crime worries? Likely.
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Meanwhile, the OP checked out a year and change ago.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Behind You!
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Couldn't pay me enough to live in Dorchester, that fact that there are nice "pockets" in it aren't fooling anybody. The schools are as bad as they get. People are entitled to their opinions, but anybody that tells you that BPS is running a good school system is an idiot. The stats don't lie, check them. If you want a good place to raise your kids and good schools, leave the city. What settle on an overpriced home, with terrible schools and over pay insurance and everything else.



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We are looking at homes in the Ashmont area on the west side of Dorchester Ave. I checked out the schools within walking distance of our potential home and there are a few tier 1-2 schools but then there are also tier 3-4 schools. What are the chances we can get into the tier 1-2 schools? Is it really a lottery?
They'll send your kids wherever they want, plain and simple. Sometimes they call it a lottery for the better schools, when your in school they let you "pick" your next school.....NOPE! Walk around Ashmont BTW, One side of Dot ave is fine, the other side is ghetto as hell.
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Old 01-04-2015, 03:43 PM
 
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I have to echo Quincy. It is not much further from the Financial District compared to Dorchester and it can be a decent community for a family. The school are supposedly much improved as compared to years ago.
Boston magazine has at times just ignored Quincy's school system. Yet in the same strokes they would write about Cambridge as exceptional. Cambridge's scores are low. Quincy has good results and seemly fails to make mention on a number of faulty lists.

Bill
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:26 PM
 
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Boston magazine has at times just ignored Quincy's school system. Yet in the same strokes they would write about Cambridge as exceptional. Cambridge's scores are low. Quincy has good results and seemly fails to make mention on a number of faulty lists.

Bill
This is because there's lots of money behind Cambridge and other places that get you mentioned positively by the Boston Magazine. Cambridge Ridge and Latin scores terribly on all fronts, but because Harvard dumps so much money and prestige into it, the power behind Boston Magazine has to promote the underperforming HS. The only thing exceptional about Cambridge R & L is that it's located right in Harvard's lap. But with all the resources that Harvard donates to the school, it's still a poor performer. I have an old friend who teaches at Harvard Law, and he is always lamenting about how much money Harvard spends helping Cambridge R&L out of egalitarian and liberal idealism.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:53 AM
 
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Couldn't pay me enough to live in Dorchester, that fact that there are nice "pockets" in it aren't fooling anybody. The schools are as bad as they get. People are entitled to their opinions, but anybody that tells you that BPS is running a good school system is an idiot. The stats don't lie, check them. If you want a good place to raise your kids and good schools, leave the city. What settle on an overpriced home, with terrible schools and over pay insurance and everything else.





They'll send your kids wherever they want, plain and simple. Sometimes they call it a lottery for the better schools, when your in school they let you "pick" your next school.....NOPE! Walk around Ashmont BTW, One side of Dot ave is fine, the other side is ghetto as hell.
When it comes to schools you're faced with the same issue no matter where you live in Boston - makes no difference whatsoever whether you live on Beacon Hill or Meeting House Hill.
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