As soon as you step foot in the neighborhood, you will be greeted with a simple and unassuming vibe. While many neighborhoods in Boston will be over the top or have some big reputation or gimmick, that is not the case with Lower Roxbury. This is a no-frills neighborhood that is fairly easygoing and accepting of all lifestyles and cultures. However, this doesn’t mean the neighborhood is bad or undesirable at all. There are many parks, murals, restaurants, bars and more that can be enjoyed throughout the neighborhood.
As a result, it is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Boston. In fact, there are more Hispanics and African Americans in the neighborhood than there are Caucasians, which is contrary to the rest of Boston and the United States as a whole. The incomes in the neighborhood are lower than most of Boston, but the cost of living and rent is as well.
So while the races in this neighborhood are diverse, other aspects of the demographics are not. Because the neighborhood is close to many universities, a number of students call Lower Roxbury home. In fact, nearly 50% of the residents in the neighborhood are under the age of 24. Also, due to the high number of students, over 90% of the residents are renters.
Like many different Boston neighborhoods, Lower Roxbury has a history that spans hundreds and hundreds of years. This neighborhood was originally settled in 1630 and has been inhabited since. Roxbury as a whole began as a village, and then became a city, before eventually becoming part of Boston in 1868. The neighborhood is slowly becoming a desirable neighborhood in the city and look for that to continue in the coming years. This has to do with the inviting and accepting nature of the neighborhood, but the low cost of living also has a lot to do with this desirability.
In fact, the rent in Lower Roxbury is among the lowest in the entire city. Even nicer, multi-room apartments are fairly affordable in this area comparable to other areas in Boston. Due to the fact that it is near the southern tip of Boston, commutes can be fairly lengthy. This is definitely one of the factors as to why the neighborhood is so affordable to live in.
Being that the average commute time for residents in this neighborhood is around 25 minutes, getting around in this neighborhood is a big concern for most. The most practical and common way of getting around in this neighborhood is definitely by using public transit. In fact, almost 50 percent of the people in this neighborhood rely on public transportation for their commutes.
There are numerous different bus and subway routes in and around the neighborhood that can get you throughout Boston in no time. While the daily commute might be longer than many other neighborhoods in Boston, it is still much less than other urban communities throughout the USA.
The next most common ways of getting around in this neighborhood are walking and driving. Walking is a good option if the weather is nice as a lot of the architecture throughout the neighborhood is historic and survived the urban redevelopments of the last few years. One of the problems with walking, however, if that it can take a while being that Lower Roxbury is fairly far south from the heart of Boston. Driving is about as common as walking, but if you live and work downtown, finding parking can be exceptionally hard, as is driving through the downtown and busier neighborhoods.
- Boston University School of Medicine
- Northeastern University
- University of Massachusetts Boston
- Harvard Medical School
- Reggie Lewis Track Center is a multi-sport eventplex that has a track, basketball court, gym, dance studio and much more. A number of big events are held there yearly and can be a great place to check out some of the best athletes in the state.
- The Lower Roxbury Historic District is an isolated pocket in the neighborhood that has managed to maintain traditional and historic architecture throughout the years. This district of the neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
- Being that the neighborhood is full of students, there are many cool and trendy bars and restaurants in or near the neighborhood. No matter your tastes, you will find something here that you will enjoy.
Hibernian Hall has been a staple in the neighborhood since 1913 and is a great concert hall to check out live music, dance and theatrical events./li>
- Orchard Park is one of the many parks in the neighborhood in which many residents go to play sports, go for jogs or just enjoy some green space in the great outdoors.