Perhaps most recognized as the home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox, Fenway also boasts many of Boston top cultural institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. Fenway also has a strong academic presence, including Boston Latin School, America’s first public school, as well as several institutions of higher learning. Many residents and visitors are equally drawn to the lively bars and clubs along Lansdowne Street, as well as the Back Bay Fens, the neighborhood’s preeminent green space, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Centered around a strong business district at Brigham Circle, Mission Hill is alive with renewed energy while still retaining its original character. The community consists of a large African American and Latino population, a healthy collection of students from nearby colleges and young families who work in the Longwood Medical Area, making it one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston. Modern condominiums join traditional brick row houses and three-decker homes in this architectural landmark district. Located just one mile from downtown Boston, Mission Hill also houses historic Mission Church.
Located in the geographic center of Boston, Roxbury is one of Boston’s largest and most eclectic neighborhoods. Over its 400-year transformation from farming town to suburb to neighborhood, generations of German brewers, Irish laborers, and Jewish architects all made their mark on the community’s architectural landmarks. The neighborhood was also the launching pad of entertainers Donna Summer, New Edition, and Bobby Brown, as well as the home base for Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X. Today, Roxbury is home to large African American, Dominican, Cape Verdean, and Somali populations. It is also the location of the historic Shirley-Eustis House, the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and Hibernian Hall.
The South End is home to a diverse blend of young professionals and families, as well as many LGBTQ-friendly restaurants, bars, theaters, and churches. In this Boston Landmark District, visitors will see renowned Victorian brownstone buildings and homes along Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Some of Boston’s finest galleries and the thriving SoWa Market are also located here.
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