The feel you will experience when you step into Highland Park is a very simple and down-to-earth one. It is a no-frills neighborhood with accepting individuals from all backgrounds, trees galore, plenty of parks, and much more. Even though it is a small neighborhood, there are a number of schools and parks throughout which make it great for young families.
Highland Park is one of the most ethnically diverse places in all of Boston. Almost 40% of the population of this neighborhood has less than a high school diploma, and as a result, the median income for a family is around $20,000 less than the norm for Boston.
Despite that, people here are generally happy and easy-going and in recent years, the neighborhood is getting an influx of artists and professionals alike. While its history might not have always been the brightest, the neighborhood is on the up and up and gentrification is likely to occur in the neighborhood very soon.
Before it was established as a neighborhood, the area where this neighborhood sits played an important role in the American Revolutionary War as defensive forts were built here. Early in the 19th century, the neighborhood made the transition from an agricultural center to a residential center, and the neighborhood made the transition to a residential area extremely quickly. The improvements in transportation into the neighborhood made it a popular location for wealthy individuals.
Later on, during the early portion of the 20th century, there was an influx of immigrants from all over the world that came into Highland Park. Also, as a part of the Great Migration in the mid-20th century, there was a large number of African-Americans that came to the neighborhood. Today, the neighborhood is extremely racially diverse and accepting of all cultures and backgrounds.
While this has improved and isn’t widespread throughout the neighborhood, crime has been an issue in the neighborhood at times. As a result, the rent in this neighborhood is among the most affordable in the city. With the rent being fairly low and the location good, you can’t go wrong renting in Highland Park.
Being that the neighborhood is fairly far south in Boston, most people have a decently lengthy commute, especially if they work downtown. As a result, public transit and driving are the two most common and most practical ways of getting to work and getting around this neighborhood.
There are a number of bus and subway routes in or near this neighborhood which can get you all across Boston within a reasonable time. Despite this, the most popular method of getting to work and traveling throughout the neighborhood is driving. About 30% of residents drive to work in Highland Park.
Despite the fact the neighborhood is quite far from the city center, a decent number of residents walk to work. However, most of these people who walk to work likely work within or near Highland Park, and aren’t walking downtown or anywhere that far away.
Being that this neighborhood is largely residential, things like shopping and other errands will often require to you drive or take public transit to do in a timely manner. Thankfully, both of those methods of transportation are viable in this neighborhood.
- Boston University School of Medicine
- Northeastern University
- Harvard Medical School
- Wentworth Institute of Technology
- Malcolm X Park is a large, 10-acre park located just next to Highland Park. The park features a ton of green space, a public pool, sports courts, and much more. The park underwent a huge renovation a few decades ago that transformed it into one of the best in the area.
- The First Church in Roxbury has been in use since the mid-1600s and is one of the first churches in the state. The appearance and architecture of this church is very unique and beautiful, and it should be checked out if you are living in or passing through this neighborhood.
- Hibernation Hall has been a community fixture for over 100 years and plays host to different events from music, to dance, and much more.
- The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center is an indoor track and sports center just north of the neighborhood. The center has a number of different purposes including hosting various track and field events, sports courts, weight rooms, seminar rooms and much more.
- The neighborhood is dotted with a bunch of different parks, which are great places to spend a nice day and relax or go for some walks. There are also a few bike paths in the neighborhood to get a little exercise in if you like to ride bikes or run.