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Old 05-11-2013, 07:16 PM
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I'm planning a move to Boston from Charleston this summer and it looks like Dorchester will give me the most bang for my buck. These forums have been so helpful in figuring out which areas are safer than others. Some of the houses I'm looking at are around Hemenway Park — am I right in thinking that's a pretty safe area? What is that area called? I wish I could find something in Savin Hill, but rentals there seem to be few and far between.

Though most of the Dorchester threads seem to focus on the safety of the area, I'm also curious about which neighborhoods are the most walkable. I'd love to be within walking distance of some restaurants, parks, shops, etc., and I'm not sure if any Dorchester neighborhoods offer that walkable, community feeling. Thanks in advance for any input you can offer!
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:46 PM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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For the time being I'm done with posting paragraph upon paragraph after putting portions of Dorchester (and Quincy, Cambridge, etc) under the microscope. Redundant inquiries are one thing, redundant and lengthy responses another. So, with that here's a list of "walkable" Dot enclaves which are also relatively safe after sundown:
Ashmont (more so east of Dorchester Ave)
Lower Mills
Cedar Grove
Adams Corner
Due to the once prevalent and still substantial Catholic population you'll sometimes hear a parish referenced instead of a neighborhood. The nicest parishes encompass the areas listed above, all of which are in the southeast quadrant of Dorchester, and are St Brendan's, St Gregory's, and St Ann's. St Mark's is best avoided, ditto for St Ambrose's. St William's covers Savin Hill, and the fairly nice section between there and the South Boston line was once St Margaret's and has since had its church renamed (post-merger) to Blessed Mother Teresa.
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:44 AM
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There is a cool walking place/park in Dorchester that abuts the Neponset River. I believe that it is called Pope's park or something like that.

I walk in from the Port Norfolk area of Dorchester and there is a paved walking/bike riding path that runs along the river, and then has several paths that are paved that go thru this big park. Quite busy at times and very safe. I just googled it and posted one of its web sites. One of the best walking areas around. The area around the park is great living as well.

Department of Conservation and Recreation
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:32 AM
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Thanks, GoyGuy. Your Dorchester posts have been really helpful so far. So is the area between the Shawmut and Ashmont T stations Peabody Square? Google Street view looks nice there, but wondering about its reputation.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:46 AM
Location: MA/NH
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airy311 - Have you taken the time to read ALL the other threads about Dorchester already made in this forum? Just use the "search box" function. And focus on GoGuy's posts if you are pressed for time.

But here are just two of many threads regarding safe areas in Dorchester:

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Old 05-15-2013, 05:04 PM
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Check out Wellesley Park. I lived there years ago....it's such a beautiful neighborhood with the old gas lantern street lights.

Dorchester Atheneum
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:06 PM
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Default Walkable and safe neighborhoods

Lower Mills in Dorchester is quite safe and a very pleasant area in which to live and walk in. New restaurants
branch library, friendly neighbors and merchants make this area very desirable
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