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Old 10-18-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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Hi all, I am a young (early 30s) gay male college professor who will be moving to Boston in a couple of months. I've been through a lot of posts here about which areas are best for living, but I haven't heard anything about areas to avoid. Areas that are dangerous with high crime activity. Any thoughts?

My office will be at Back Bay which means that I will have to commute from a place where I can afford the rent. My salary is in the middle $80Ks. Any ideas about safe areas with young population which will be affordable to me?

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:14 PM
 
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Hi all, I am a young (early 30s) gay male college professor who will be moving to Boston in a couple of months. I've been through a lot of posts here about which areas are best for living, but I haven't heard anything about areas to avoid. Areas that are dangerous with high crime activity. Any thoughts?

My office will be at Back Bay which means that I will have to commute from a place where I can afford the rent. My salary is in the middle $80Ks. Any ideas about safe areas with young population which will be affordable to me?

Thanks in advance
The worst areas are in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. In any neighborhood (South Boston, Charlestown, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, etc.) avoid areas bordering the projects. Outside of Boston avoid Chelsea and Lynn. Be careful with Malden, Everett, Revere, Somerville, and Cambridge. All have sketchy areas along with the good.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:32 AM
 
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Thanks massnative72. What do you mean by "avoid areas bordering the projects"? Do you mean avoid ares bordering these neighborhoods?
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:19 AM
 
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Not to run completely contrary to Massnative's areas to avoid but quite a bit of Roxbury and Dorchester are perfectly fine to live in. In fact there is quite a large gay male presence in Dorchester.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:59 AM
 
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Ys, the Savin Hill and Ashmont areas of Dorchester are great and growing gay centers. Check them out. One of my male relatives who is gay lives there, and he loves the area.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:20 AM
 
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Definately want to stay away from Mattapan. Parts of Dorchester can be good like someone said previously. I would stay away from Jamaica Plain too, atleast the side of JP that is closer to Egleston Station. The closer you get to Roslindale and West Roxbury the better. I am from Roxbury and I would say stay away lol.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:23 AM
 
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Ys, the Savin Hill and Ashmont areas of Dorchester are great and growing gay centers. Check them out. One of my male relatives who is gay lives there, and he loves the area.
My wife and I live on Carruth St and the only thing that has ever happened to us was a car break-in. That being said, it is a part of the city that is near the poorer areas and some of the garbage that goes on in those areas spills over into our area.

My recommendation would be to look at the Baker Chocolate Factory apartments. It's very safe and it is on the Red Line high speed trolley line.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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Off hand I would say The south end. Many gays live there. Also, the savin hill section of Dorchester and one of the nice things about Savin Hill is there is a T train station right there. A quick hop into downtown.

Another area would be Mission Hill. For you it would be an easy trip to your office. There is a gay presence there also.

One more area with a huge gay presence is called the Fenway area.

I grew up in Mission Hill.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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My recommendation would be to look at the Baker Chocolate Factory apartments. It's very safe and it is on the Red Line high speed trolley line.
Ah, the Lower Mills area of Dorchester. I loved that place when I lived in Quincy. I worked right across the Neponset river in the Newport Ave Extension section of North Quincy. I jogged through Lower Mills quite often. I preferred it over my own neighborhood. There is a nice bike path along part of the high speed trolley line. I wonder if they ever completed it down to Mattapan Square.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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Thanks massnative72. What do you mean by "avoid areas bordering the projects"? Do you mean avoid ares bordering these neighborhoods?
Areas "within" those neighborhoods that are near to the projects aka D St. in Southie, Heath/Bromley in J.P., Washington/Beach on the Roslindale/W. Roxbury line...
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