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Encyclopedia > Allston, Boston, Massachusetts

Allston is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, located in the western part of the city. It is, for the most part, administered collectively with the adjacent neighborhood of Brighton. The two are often referred to together as "Allston-Brighton." The population of Allston is approximately 50% students, mostly from Boston University, Boston College, and Harvard University.[citation needed] Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ... Brighton is a section of the City of Boston in the US Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Boston (disambiguation). ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Boston (disambiguation). ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ...


Housing stock varies but largely consists of brick apartment buildings, especially on Commonwealth Avenue and the streets directly off of it; while areas further down Brighton Avenue are largely dotted with wooden triple-deckers. Lower Allston, across the Massachusetts Turnpike from the rest of Allston, consists of mostly 1890-1920s single-family and multi-family Victorian homes. Allston is generally viewed as a very safe middle class neighborhood with a young population and a large number of bars and cheap eateries.

The Charles River, viewed at night in winter from the Weeks footbridge, with Allston to the right and Cambridge, Massachusetts to the left.

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Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3442x600, 448 KB) Summary Cambridge river panorama, created by me user debivort, Jan 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3442x600, 448 KB) Summary Cambridge river panorama, created by me user debivort, Jan 2005. ... The Charles River from the Boston side, facing Cambridge and the main campus of Harvard University. ...   Settled: 1630 â€“ Incorporated: 1636 Zip Code(s): 02138, 02139, 02140, 02141, 02142 â€“ Area Code(s): 617 / 857 Official website: http://www. ...

Demographics

Allston, while primarily a neighborhood shared by students and bohemians of all ages, is also home to Boston natives, Asian, Russian, and numerous other immigrants. In the 1990s, census figures indicated that 52.6% of its population was aged 20-34 (as compared to 33% for the city of Boston as a whole), an indication of the strong student and "twentysomething" presence. That presence has created tension between some long-time residents and the student population, which constantly cycles in and out as students matriculate and graduate from Boston's many colleges and universities. In addition to nightly dancing and live music at area bars, house parties abound on surrounding streets, particularly during the school year. This has long been a sore point among other Allston residents. [1] 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Studentification is a neologism, coined to describe the effects that a large student population can have on an area. ... Town and gown is a term used to describe the two communities of a university town; town being the non-academic population and gown the university community, especially in traditional seats of learning such as Oxford and Cambridge. ...


Geography

The ZIP code 02134 is famously identified with Allston, due to a recurring musical piece on the PBS children's series ZOOM -- whose originating station, WGBH, is located in the neighborhood. Residents and mapmakers refer to the eastern part of the former town of Brighton as "Allston," but there is no clear boundary between the two. Mr. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Opening from the original Zoom. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled WGBH-TV and WGBH (FM), accessible from a disambiguation page. ...


The neighborhood of Allston is almost completely cut off from the main body of the city of Boston by the Charles River and the town of Brookline, which borders Allston on the south and east. Allston is bordered by the Charles River and the city of Cambridge to the north, and is split in two by the Massachusetts Turnpike. The area north of the turnpike near the river is often referred to as "Lower Allston" or "North Allston." The western edge of Allston is more roughly defined, but is primarily east of the western most point of Cambridge. Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Norfolk County Settled 1638 Incorporated 1705 Government  - Type Representative town meeting Area  - Town  6. ... The Charles River from the Boston side, facing Cambridge and the main campus of Harvard University. ... View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ...


The busiest section of the neighborhood lies immediately south of the turnpike and centers on the stretch of Harvard Avenue between Commonwealth Avenue and Cambridge Street, which houses many shops, bars and restaurants. Recent business promotion initiatives have dubbed this area "Allston Village," though the prevalence of musicians and music venues such as Great Scott and O'Brien's Pub has given rise to the popular nickname "Allston Rock City." The center of the neighborhood, sometimes referred to as the "Beer Mile," is a popular hookup spot for college students. Commonwealth Avenue (often abbreviated Comm Ave by locals) is a road in the city of Boston, Massachusetts beginning at the western edge of the Public Garden, and continuing west through the Back Bay, Kenmore Square, and the suburbs of Brighton and Chestnut Hill. ... Great Scott! is an exclamation of surprise or amazement. ... Casual sex refers to promiscuous sexual activity, consisting of a range of informal sexual encounters. ...


History

Allston was an eastern section of the former town of Brighton. Brighton is a section of the City of Boston in the US Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...


In 1868, a new railroad depot and post office in Brighton's eastern portion were given the name "Allston" after Washington Allston, the noted painter who had lived and worked across the Charles River in the Cambridgeport section of Cambridge. Allston is said to have been the only community in the United States named for an artist. It can even be said to have been named for a specific painting: Washington Allston's "Fields West of Boston". Only a few other locales in the U.S. are named for artists, such as Copley Square in central Boston.[citation needed] 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Washington Allston (November 5, 1779 - July 9, 1843) was a U.S. poet and influential painter, born in Waccamaw, South Carolina. ... Painting by Rembrandt self-portrait Detail from Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez, in which the painter portrayed himself at work For the computer graphics program, see Corel Painter. ... Cambridgeport is one of the neighborhoods of Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Trinity Church with the Old John Hancock Tower in Copley Square Trinity Church reflected in the windows of the John Hancock Tower Copley Square is an area of the Back Bay district of Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Allston has never existed as a separate political entity in its own right. The Town of Brighton was annexed by the City of Boston in 1874. Year 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


The Allston community developed largely around large railroad and livestock operations. The Boston and Albany Railroad (now CSX) operated a major yard. Stockyards and a large abbatoir operated nearby in the northern part of Brighton. Much of the railroad yard remains in use today as the CSX Beacon Park Yard, but all livestock activity ended by the mid-twentieth century. This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Sheep are commonly bred as livestock. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Boston and Albany Railroad and Framingham/Worcester Line. ... Categories: Companies traded on NYSE | Railway companies of the United States | Alabama railroads | Connecticut railroads | Delaware railroads | Florida current railroads | Georgia railroads | Illinois railroads | Indiana railroads | Kentucky railroads | Louisiana railroads | Maryland railroads | Massachusetts railroads | Michigan railroads | Mississippi railroads | New Jersey railroads | New York railroads | North Carolina railroads | Ohio railroads | Pennsylvania... Chicago and Northwestern Railways Proviso Yard in Chicago, Illinois, December 1942. ... Workers and cattle in a slaughterhouse. ...


A strip running from Brighton Avenue in Allston out Commonwealth Avenue toward Kenmore Square was Boston's original "Automile," lined with automobile dealerships. Packard's Sales Stable and Riding School[2] gave Packard's Corner its name, but it was perpetuated by the presence of an opulent Packard dealership. Few dealers remain, but many of their large-windowed storefronts can be easily spotted to this day. It has been suggested that Commonwealth avenue be merged into this article or section. ... View of the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square Kenmore Square is a square in Boston, Massachusetts near Fenway Park, consisting of the intersection of several main avenues, (including Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue) as well as several other cross streets, and Kenmore Station, a T stop. ... Karl Benzs Velo (vélo means bicycle in French) model (1894) - entered into the first automobile race 2005 MINI Cooper S. An automobile (also motor car or simply car) is a wheeled passenger vehicle that carries its own motor. ... A birds eye view of Packards Corner facing away from downtown Boston Packards Corner is located in Boston, Massachusetts at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Brighton Avenue. ... Packard red hexagon symbol made its debut in 1905, with the color red added in 1913 Packard was a United States based brand of luxury automobile built by the Packard Motors Company of Detroit,Michigan, and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. ...


The Massachusetts Turnpike Extension, built largely on part of the Boston and Albany right-of-way, opened through Allston in 1964 and 1965.[3]


The Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots) of the National Football League played one season in Allston, 1970, at Harvard Stadium. The Boston Braves played at Braves Field (now Boston University's Nickerson Field) at Allston's eastern edge from 1915 to 1952. The New England Patriots are a National Football League team based in Foxboro, Massachusetts Founded: 1960, as a charter American Football League member. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Harvard Stadium is a football stadium in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Braves Field was a baseball stadium that formerly stood in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Nickerson Field is a stadium on the site of Braves Field, in Boston, Massachusetts the former home of the National League Boston Braves baseball team, now located in Atlanta, Georgia. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Colleges and universities

Allston lies near two major universities. A substantial part of the campus of Harvard University is in lower Allston, including Harvard Business School and Harvard Stadium. Harvard also owns large portions of other land in lower Allston, much of which it plans to develop as an academic campus. Boston University lies along Commonwealth Avenue to the east. The Berklee College of Music also has a practice and rehearsal building near Commonwealth Ave on Fordham which runs between Comm Ave and Brighton Ave. Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Harvard Business School, officially named the Harvard Business School: George F. Baker Foundation, and also known as HBS, is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ... Harvard Stadium is a football stadium in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Boston (disambiguation). ... Commonwealth Avenue (often abbreviated Comm Ave by locals) is a road in the city of Boston, Massachusetts beginning at the western edge of the Public Garden, and continuing west through the Back Bay, Kenmore Square, and the suburbs of Brighton and Chestnut Hill. ... Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ...


Notable residents

Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born 14 February 1942) is a Jewish-American businessman, philanthropist, and the founder of Bloomberg L.P., currently serving as the Mayor of New York City. ... Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... There have been several people named Thomas Johnson. ... Robby Roadsteamer is a Boston comedian and musician. ...

Transportation

The "B" Branch of the Boston MBTA subway Green Line runs through the neighborhood along Commonwealth Avenue. The former "A Line" of the Green Line ran along Brighton Avenue, since replaced by the number 57 MBTA bus. Other MBTA bus lines serve Allston, such as the 64, 66, 70, and 86. Unlike the Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line, all of which run urban heavy rail cars and use stations with elevated platforms (so that the car is level with the platform and thus the cars are easily handicap-accessible), the Green Line is a trolley/streetcar line and has... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [3] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... A rapid transit, underground, subway, tube, elevated, or metro(politan) system is a railway—usually in an urban area—with a high capacity and frequency of service, and grade separation from other traffic. ... Two trains at Park Street. ... The A Branch or Watertown Branch was a streetcar line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, operating as a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line. ...


In May 2006, Harvard officials said that they would like to establish a commuter rail stop in Allston on the Framingham/Worcester line.[4] The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ...


Miscellaneous

  • In 2003, the community, along with neighboring Brighton, saw an outbreak of bedbugs in hundreds of apartments. This was due to the practice of people buying used mattresses or accepting ones left behind by former tenants, commonplace among Allston's bohemian artist and musician element.[citation needed] A $200 subsidy was offered to tenants with infested mattresses [5], and bedbug extermination workshops were held by the Boston Inspectional Services Housing Division.
  • In 2005, the New England Foundation for the Arts selected a site in Allston for its Art & Community Landscapes program.[6] The artist team of Legge Lewis Legge[7] was chosen to design this site which is known as the Lincoln Street Green Strip.[8]

2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cemetary and apartment houses along Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, near Chandlers Pond Brighton is a working-class, urban neighborhood of the City of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Genera Genus Cimex Lectularius Hemipterus (Rotundatus) Pilosellus Pipistrella Genus Leptocimex Boueti Genus Haematosiphon Inodora Genus Oeciacus Hirudinis Vicarius Bedbugs (or bed bugs) are small nocturnal insects of the family Cimicidae that live by hematophagy, feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

Marchione, William P. The Bull in the Garden: A History of Allston-Brighton. Boston Public Library, pub., 1986. ISBN 0-89073-078-4. The Boston Public Librarys McKim building The Boston Public Library was established in 1848. ...

  1. ^ Boston Pheonix article
  2. ^ History of Pack Corner
  3. ^ Mass Pike Website
  4. ^ Harvard Crimson, "University Plans Allston T Stop," May 10, 2006.
  5. ^ Allston Brighton Development website
  6. ^ NEFA site
  7. ^ Legge Lewis Legge site
  8. ^ Lincoln Street

The Harvard Crimson, of Harvard University, is the United States oldest continuously published daily college newspaper. ...

External links


Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Neighborhoods in Boston, Massachusetts

Allston/Brighton · Back Bay · Beacon Hill · Charlestown · Chinatown · Dorchester · Downtown Crossing · East Boston · Fenway-Kenmore · Government Center · Hyde Park · Jamaica Plain · Longwood · Mattapan · Mission Hill · North End · Roslindale · Roxbury · South Boston · South End · West End · West Roxbury Houses on Louisburg Square, Beacon Hill. ... Cemetary and apartment houses along Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, near Chandlers Pond Brighton is a working-class, urban neighborhood of the City of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Aerial view of Back Bay, Boston including the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower with MIT and Cambridgeport across the Charles River. ... Cutting down Beacon Hill, about 1800; a view from the north toward the Massachusetts State House. ... Birdseye view of Boston, Charlestown, and Bunker Hill between 1890 and 1910. ... The Beach Street gate into Bostons Chinatown. ... 1888 German map of Boston Harbor showing Dorchester in the lower left hand corner. ... Downtown Crossing is a shopping district in Boston, Massachusetts, located due south of the Boston Common and west of the Financial District. ... East Boston was annexed by the City of Boston in 1636 and is separated from the rest of the city by Boston Harbor and bordered by Winthrop, Revere, and the Chelsea Creek. ... Fenway-Kenmore is an area of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Government Center circa 2000 Government Center is a city square and plaza in Boston, Massachusetts, bounded by Cambridge, Court, Congress, and Sudbury Streets. ... Hyde Park is the most southern neighborhood of the City of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Jamaica Plain, commonly known as JP, is a historic neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Longwood Medical and Academic Area (also known as Longwood Medical Area, LMA, or just Longwood) is a section of Boston with a high density of hospitals, colleges, and biomedical research centers. ... Mattapan is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. ... Mission Hill is a one square mile neighborhood of approximately 18,000 people in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Image of the North End, Boston neighborhood. ... Roslindale is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, with the ZIP Code 02131. ... Roxbury is a neighborhood within Boston, Massachusetts. ... Mural in South Boston saying Welcome to South Boston in English and Fáilte go mBoston Uheas in Irish. ... The South End is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The West End of Boston, Massachusetts is a neighborhood bounded generally by Cambridge Street to the south, the Charles River to the west and northwest, Martha Road and Lomasney Way on the north and northeast, and Staniford Street on the west. ... Founded in 1630 (contemporaneously with Boston), West Roxbury, Massachusetts was originally part of the town of Roxbury and was mainly used as farmland. ...


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Allston, Boston, Massachusetts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (887 words)
Allston is a diverse neighborhood whose population includes Boston natives, students from neighboring Boston University, Boston College, MIT and Harvard and various ethnic groups such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Brazilian, and Irish.
Allston is bordered by the Charles River and the city of Cambridge to the north, Brookline to the south, and is split by the Massachusetts Turnpike in the middle.
Boston College, which straddles the Newton-Brighton line between Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, is at the end of the "B Branch" of the Boston MBTA subway Green Line, which follows Commonwealth Avenue.
Boston - MSN Encarta (2741 words)
Boston, the capital city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the seat of Suffolk County.
At the beginning of the 21st century, Boston was the focus of economic activity, communications, and transportation in New England and was one of the major centers of higher education and high technology in the United States.
Boston’s population decline in the mid-20th century was due to several factors: urban renewal, which removed high-occupancy tenements and replaced them with new construction; the expansion of commercial office space into areas that had once been residential; and freeway construction, which made the movement of people to suburban communities easier.
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