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Old 10-31-2013, 08:35 PM
 
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It's east Boston a safe area? I see there are really nice lofts out there. What about nights out etc?

Also, on Jamaica plain should somebody avoid the border with Roxbury or is it still ok? I am talking about the Orange Line route. How good is JP in terms of bars, restaurants and pedestrian traffic in general?
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:04 AM
 
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It's east Boston a safe area? I see there are really nice lofts out there. What about nights out etc?
Define "safe". It's not a place where you're actually likely to get hurt or anything like that. On the other hand, it's certainly not a wealthy area and property crime is as a result higher, as well as there being more run down feeling areas, especially later at night.

If you were looking out that direction, you could also consider Winthrop, which is a solidly middle-class town, and a couple min drive or bus ride from the Orient Heights T stop (when it reopens in another month). Just watch out for flood zones and Logan noise.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:07 AM
 
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You are correct, East Boston is an odd hole in the public transit system. In terms of travel time it is much farther from everything then he mileage would suggest.

There are bad areas of Dorchester. There are also some pretty good areas of Dorchester, and parts of it are a gay Mecca. It's really neighborhood by neighborhood.

I'd say Roxbury is still sort of bad. Most don't know this, but there are some bad parts of Cambridge. (But everything near a T stop in Cambridge is really nice and is the "cool" area of Boston).

I'd say a good rule of thumb is if it is near an Orange Line stop, it isn't great.

JP is pretty good in the area of bars and restaurants.

Brighton is quite safe.
Quincy is a bit out of the way but is really safe.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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I'd say a good rule of thumb is if it is near an Orange Line stop, it isn't great.

I know you said rule of thumb, but I've lived right near Sullivan Sq off of Washington for three years now and it is safe as can be. The visuals are different from Union or Davis Sq (other places I lived extensively), but as far as safety there is no difference.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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I don't really know why people are recommending such oddly out-of-the way places for this guy to live. I think JP, in the area between the pond and the Green Street/Stonybrook stops on the Orange Line would be a perfect place to live. You could easily afford a decent place there on 80K, and it would be quick ride on the Orange Line to Back Bay. There is a huge gay population there, and one which is very much in the late 20s/early 30s range, so the night life and such is situated well for those seeking the type of entertainment that goes beyond cramming into a sweaty club with a couple of crappy well drinks in hand.

I wouldn't bother with South Boston, Dorchester, Brookline, and especially not Cambridge - all from a commuting perspective. I am sure that there are plenty of nice areas in these neighborhoods, but you will grow to hate yourself and your commute if you have to cram onto a Green line train every morning from somewhere in Brookline. The amount of time it will take you to get a fairly short distance will appall you. Likewise with the others on the Red Line. By the time Red Line trains get to the Dorchester/SB area they are totally crammed with people from further out, and you will have to cram similarly to go two stops, get out and walk through more crammed hallways to get onto an equally crammed Orange Line train and go two more stops. Save yourself some aggravation and go for JP. You could try the South End, which would probably be walking distance to most jobs in Back Bay, but you'll have to decide how much of your income you want to go to rent - it will be pretty pricey there.
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