Boston: Neighborhoods


  • Back Bay and the South End

    In the folklore of American neighborhoods, the Back Bay stands with New York's Park Avenue and San Francisco's Nob Hill as a symbol of propriety and high social standing. Before the 1850s it...

  • Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End

    Past and present home of the old-money elite, contender for the "Most Beautiful" award among the city's neighborhoods, and hallowed address for many literary lights, Beacon Hill is Boston at its...

  • Boston Outskirts

    The expansion of Boston in the 1800s was not confined to the Back Bay and the South End. Toward the close of the century, as the working population of the Downtown district swelled and public...

  • Cambridge

    The city of Cambridge takes a lot of hits, most of them thrown across the Charles River by city-proud Bostonians. But Boston's Left Bank—an überliberal academic enclave—is a must-visit if...

  • Charlestown

    Boston started here. Charlestown was a thriving settlement a year before colonials headed across the Charles River at William Blaxton's invitation to found the city proper. Today the district's...

  • Downtown Boston

    Boston's commercial and financial districts—the area commonly called Downtown—are concentrated in a maze of streets that seem to have been laid out with little logic; they are, after all, only...

  • The Fenway

    The Back Bay Fens marshland gave this section its name, but two quirky institutions give it its character: Fenway Park, which in 2004 saw the triumphant reversal of an 86-year drought for Boston's...

  • Government Center and the North End

    Government Center is a section of town Bostonians love to hate. Not only does it house what they can't fight—City Hall—but it also contains some of the bleakest architecture since the advent...


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