West End is a popular neighborhood that has a lot to offer in various categories. A major part of its popularity is its location. Located between Beacon Hill and North End, the West End is not only super close to all downtown Boston has to offer but it overlooks the Charles River as well.
The neighborhood is small in size and shows no match against Dorchester in that category, but it’s still home big institutions and attractions that pulls people to visit West End. Both TD Garden, New England’s sports arena that hosts the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics, and Massachusetts General Hospital is located in the neighborhood.
West End itself is a vibrant neighborhood that is home to a ethnically diversified group of people. The neighborhood itself can be said to be a quiet one, perfect for families. While the neighborhood’s population showed a steady decrease in the 19th century, today this has reversed and we’re seeing trends of a growing residential population.
The majority of the land on which West End lies is a product of land fill, the process of creating new land from the ocean, lake beds, and such.The West End neighborhood of Boston is a neighborhood that has undergone a lot of developments throughout its time. One of the most significant developments throughout the years being the big “Urban Renewal.”
In the 1950s, the Urban Renewal project was put into place to replace all homes and stores in West End with highways and superblocks of luxury towers. The residents of the West End could only watch as a big part of the neighborhood’s identity was taken away. While the number of residents decreased significantly due to the fact that homes and stores were demolished, the residential population is continuing to grow, which shows a neighborhood with a strong identity and potential.
Like most of downtown Boston, public transportation is a better option than driving. It’s not that driving around West End is hard, more that finding parking can be a hassle. And what’s really worse than finding parking when you have stuff to do. Get around on foot, bus, taxi, or the “T”- the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Boston is blessed with a great public transportation system that get’s you to where you need to go without any hassle (most the time of course). It’s also the cheapest option of getting around, expect walking that is. You’ll have access to the Boston North Station that’s located in West End and Haymarket, Bowdoin, and Charles/MGH stations located just outside of West End.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- Berklee College of Music
- Northeastern University
- Boston University
- Sports fan? We got you covered. Check out TD Garden, or as the locals say it, “The Gahd'n.” The sports arena is one of the top arenas in the U.S. for sports and entertainment. Not only can you go here to watch either Boston Bruins or Boston Celtics play, but you can also find top notch superstars performing here! Check out the schedule to see if a game or a concert is coming up soon.
- Feeling intellectual? Take a trip to the Museum of Science! The museum has been around for over 180 years and is known for being an interactive experience. It’s open from Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and on Friday it has extended opening hours until 9:00 pm.
- Although it’s not technically in the West End, take a trip to Boston Common for a nice day outside. The 50 acres public park is located in downtown Boston and is also one of the oldest city parks in the United States. It’s a beautiful park with stunning scenery surrounding you all throughout the park.
- Head outside for a little bit of activity! Rent a bike and head over to the Charles River Bike Path. The bike path will take you all the way to Waltham if you’d like, but you might just want to stay around Beacon Hill/West End/Downtown Boston. You’ll have access to amazing scenery of Boston while getting some fresh air.