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Old 12-06-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts for the time being
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Single mom with a teen daughter, and I wondered if its at leat reasonably safe to visit the Boston Commons in the evening. I'm not hyper-paranoid, I am very comfortable in downtown atmospheres. Just checking.

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Old 12-06-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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Single mom with a teen daughter, and I wondered if its at leat reasonably safe to visit the Boston Commons in the evening. I'm not hyper-paranoid, I am very comfortable in downtown atmospheres. Just checking.

Thanks!
How late are you talking? In Boston it probably gets dark around 4:30 or 5:00, and the park will have foot traffic due to normal "end of the workday" people.

I wouldn't be out there at 10:00pm. Not because it's less safe than anywhere else, but it's not going to be very well populated, it's going to be somewhat dark, and ripe for a "crime of opportunity."
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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What do you mean by visit and how late at night? Ice skating at 9? fine. Walking through alone at 3am? Watch your back.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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We were thinking an after dinner stroll. There is a specific reason that we chose the Commons, other locations will not do. Probably 6 or 7 at night.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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I see outright drug deals on the Common (even that early) and there are always homeless people sleeping on benches but I wouldn't call it "unsafe".

Note: It's Common, not Commons.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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Yeah, there may be a few shady characters here and there, but it's not particularly unsafe. At 6 or 7 you have absolutely nothing to worry about. It's easy to stick to the lit paths, anyway. Besides, the Common isn't huge like Central Park; if something happens there will be other people around unless it's in the dead middle of night.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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Perfect, thanks!
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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The Common is fine, but I'd stay out of the Garden even that early. A few years ago I was in the Garden with a friend at around 6PM and we had two homeless men follow us saying that it wasn't safe to be out and "they'd come running if they heard us scream". I don't think they were actually dangerous but I walk around the city quite often late at night (it's a 15 minute walk through Somerville to my apartment from the T) as a single woman and I won't go there anymore.

The Common is quite populated in early evening - especially for ice skating!
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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Thanks again. May sound dumb, but it's my Mom's birthday (she passed away in 1991), and my daughter and I wanted to commemerate it by visiting the park where she and my Dad met in 1945 - The Boston Common.
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:16 AM
 
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Westwind,

Awesome story and I commend you. I grew up in Boston and only recently moved out. I find that Boston is a much safer city than when I was young and safer than most. Police do a great job. You will find a presence there. Safe Journeys
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