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Once home to stockyards and rail yards, today's Allston is a bustling residential and commercial mix — and, perhaps most notably, home to the ever-more-difficult-to-get-into Harvard Business School.
Want to see what it's like on the ground? Take a Google Maps "street view" stroll through Allston!
Leafy side streets lined with wooden triple-decker houses are home to a diverse community, including longtime residents, students from nearby Boston University and Harvard, recent immigrants, and young professionals. Commonwealth, Brighton, and Harvard Avenues feature hip bars and unique ethnic restaurants, creating hubs of activity throughout the community.
Note: you'll often see Allston and Brighton lumped together ("Allston/Brighton"), but rest assured that they are, in fact, separate neighborhoods!
Allston has the second lowest crime rate in Boston — only 904 total crimes were reported over a population of 45,801 people so far in 2015 (updated June 2015). To get the full details, check out our article on the safest neighborhods in Boston.