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Tour de Turtle Bone Ride: Brighton, Allston, Fenway, Back Bay, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, Southie, Downtown, East Boston, Charlestown

Tour de Turtle Bone Ride: Brighton, Allston, Fenway, Back Bay, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, Southie, Downtown, East Boston, Charlestown

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We’ve all been to Boston before, but for the most part we go where the tourists go – Fenway, North End, Boston Common, TD Garden, etc. But there’s a lot more to Boston than that, and for this week’s Tour de Turtle bone ride we decided to explore Bean Town in its entirety to find out where the nicest and the crappiest places are. We visited the 15 following neighborhoods in order and ranked em from nicest to crappiest: Brighton, Allston, Kenmore/Fenway, Back Bay, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, Southie, Downtown/North End, East Boston, Charlestown. Here’s the results of our scientific study…..

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1. West Roxbury

Never been to this place or knew that anything like it existed. Looks absolutely nothing like what I think of when I think of Boston. No traffic, no loud mouthed yahoos, no hipsters, no vagrants. Just regular, pleasant looking neighborhoods and almost no cars parked on the streets because everyone’s at work.

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2. Back Bay

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I mean, the Turtleboy family could never afford to live in the Back Bay, but if you have enough money to piss away and you’re trying to establish your street cred as a yuppie then you might as well piss away all your money on Commonwealth Ave rent. Because living in the Back Bay you’re literally right in the heart of the city, you’re within walking distance of the Common and Fenway Park, and there’s tons of places to eat and buy stuff. Plus, you’ll feel like you’re living on the set of the Cosby Show, and that’s pretty bad ass.

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3. Kenmore/Fenway

It’s kind of similar to the back bay, just with more traffic. Once again, nice area, and you’re not living in the slums, but if you’re like Turtleboy and you hate people, then it’s pretty hard to live in a place like this.

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4Downtown/North End

You can’t live over here unless you shit hundred dollar bills. Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely in some of the luxury condos they’ve put up all over the downtown area, but I don’t wanna live in a place where my car isn’t parked right outside of my house.

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5. Brighton

If you’re a 23 year old college student who doesn’t know what they wanna do with their lives but still wants to piss away 90% of your paycheck on rent, then Brighton is the place for you. Because that’s all Brighton is. Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly clean for being Boston, but it’s basically Brookline for renters.

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6. Southie

First time ever going to Southie and it was everything we imagined it would be. Southie is the only place on earth that hasn’t gotten the memo that Ireland got its independence from England 100 years ago.

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It’s just like it was in every stereotyped movie about Irish mafia guys from Boston. Every other block there’s some Irish bar with some guy named Sully, who has never left Southie before, outside ripping butts

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There’s guys walking down the street who almost definitely own a flower shop and don’t take no shit from no nobody.

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The whole neighborhood has become one gigantic gentrified yuppieville. Basically they took all the triple deckers, put in new siding and windows, and then jacked up the rent so the assholes would move to Dorchester.

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But don’t get me wrong, there’s still plenty of grimy looking parts of Southie. I’m willing to bet Whitey Bulger killed at least three people in this third world looking alley:

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Oh yea, and the traffic blows.

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But all in all, it’s not that bad. There are many worse places in Boston.

 

 

7. Hyde Park

I was under the impression that Hyde Park was ghetto central. And don’t get it twisted – Hyde Park is a dumpy looking place for the most part. It’s got a Family Dollar:

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The world’s most successful can man

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And pretty much every store makes it plainly obvious that they take EBT

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But for the most part Hyde Park is just a modest looking, blue collar part of Boston straddling the rich town of Milton.

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8. Charlestown

It’s kind of like Southie. It’s not AS gentrified as Southie, but it’s getting there. The movies portray it as some gritty, blue collar place where no one talks to the cops, the Dads are all drunken wife beaters, and everyone bangs the neighborhood coke whore at the tavern. But it’s really just one crowded, gigantic hill where EVERY HOUSE is connected to another house and no one has a yard.

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9. Jamaica Plain

First of all, this was a bad sign:

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I see Mosaic has spread its wings to Boston. Maybe this is where they actually do blood pressure testing. Anyway, I was kind of disappointed. I thought Jamaica Plain would be dumpier. I mean, it looks like it has the potential of turning into Vernon Hill, but it’s proof that if people actually give a shit about their neighborhood and don’t throw trash on the sidewalk, even a place like Jamaica Plain can look decent.

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10. Mattapan

Everyone says that Mattapan is this Godless cesspool of grime, and it’s certainly got no shortage of dumpy looking crap.

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But there’s also plenty of normal looking neighborhoods, and it’s far removed from the congestion and traffic of northern Boston.

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Would I wanna live in Mattapan? Nope. But it sure seems a lot nicer than Webster.

 

11. Allston

Fuck Allston. It’s just a dumpier, more crowded, but equally expensive version of Brighton. Seriously, what about these photographs makes you want to spend $2.000 a month on rent?

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Allston also has a never ending supplies of wandering hipsters, and no one likes hipster.

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Oh yea, and the traffic blows.

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It’s probably a lot safer than a place like Mattapan, but nevertheless, fuck Allston.

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12.Roslindale

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Now we’re getting into some real nice dumps. Roslindale has a never ending supply of run down triple deckers.

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Overflowing trash on the sidewalks

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Stray cats.

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Grimey looking markets

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Dead end streets where dreams go to die.

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And a never ending supply of depressing looking housing projects.

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13. Roxbury

Roxbury is a magical land of enchantment, located adjacent to the high rent neighborhoods in Fenway and the Back Bay. There’s no sign when you enter Roxbury, but you’ll know it when you get there:

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It’s distinct calling cards include overflowing donation bins doubling as trash receptacles,

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Back yards that have become appliance and kitchen table graveyards,

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And projects that will make you say, “Is that where filmed Season 1 of The Wire?”

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14. East Boston

It’s bad enough that you can’t live in East Boston and not have a 727 fly directly above your house every five minutes.

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There’s not really much to say. The pictures speak for themselves. East Boston is a horrible, crowded, cesspool of traffic, grime, EBT, and able bodied men who stand in the street doing nothing at noon on a Thursday.

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15. Dorchester

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It’s by far the biggest neighborhood in Boston and also the most crime riddled. Usually when we go on these trips the first thing we Google is where all the murders happen. That usually brings us to the funnest neighbordhoods. Well, on the map of Boston half the murders were in Dorchester, and it’s not surprising at all. It is a never ending see of triple deckers.

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Everything looks like shit run over twice.

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There’s guys pushing their can carts down the middle of almost every street.

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Everyone stares you down because there is a never ending battle to see who the biggest bad ass in Dorchester is.

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And the policy with trash is, “fuck it.” Toss that shit everywhere as you see fit.

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And then there’s just some random looking nice stuff like this that makes you wonder who would ever wanna live here:

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Doesn’t make any sense.

Anyway, that’s Boston in a nutshell. Obviously Boston is a big place so we didn’t hit every single street. Did we miss anything? Were there any neighborhoods where we missed some hidden craptacular gems? And where should we do our next Tour de Turtle bone ride?

 

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13 Comment(s)
  • Phil Simms Sucks
    February 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Eh, about a year late to the party here cause i just saw this come up as a related story to something that was published today, but you have a bunch of pictures of Roslindale listed in Hyde Park – including my house.

    Really the only part of Rozzie you have here is the shithole down by the Archdale Projects – worst part of Rozzie there is. You missed a fuckton of the neighborhood.

  • Micky Shitz
    June 2, 2016 at 9:22 am

    All of these pictures were taken off of Google. Pretty fucking sad. Do your readers look stupid?

  • Johnnystah
    March 7, 2016 at 8:31 am

    DJ’s Polish deli in Dorchester. You gotta check it out

  • No Journalists Are Good
    March 5, 2016 at 10:44 am

    That is not a 727, which are nearly extinct today. A 727 has all 3 engines mounted on the tail and the horizontal stabilizer on the top. A 727 could be flying into Boston as a cargo plane, but not likely every 10 minutes. They were among the worst offenders for noise pollution.

    Could by a DC-10. It should have winglets if it were a MD-11. It’s most likely a FedEx DC-10.

  • Zoo house
    March 4, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    You forgot chelsea, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop, .

    • March 4, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      No we didn’t. Those are not parts of Boston.

  • wabbitt
    March 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Saying a place is nicer than Webster, isn’t really saying much.

  • JS
    March 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

    WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT BOSTON…is the always changing climate and weather in a single day. For example, on a supposed Thursday, one can sail through the grayish cloudy skies of West Roxbury and within a short time and distance can snap pictures of the sunny Back Bay skyline from the Turtlecopter. No helicopter? Well then, tourists can experience the beauty of the treelined sidewalks of the neighborhoods on foot. Need a rest? Stop off at one of the trendy coffee shops where patrons can enjoy outdoor beverages while wearing shorts, koolots, and sandals. Better pack a hat and gloves though because a little further on into the Kenmore/ Fenway area, one reaches the snow covered region where one experiences piles of snow along the road and sidewalks cleared by the city’s plows. Prefer warmer weather? Skip on over to the North End. Stroll down the cobblestoned streets while taking in the beautiful window boxes adorned with tulips and such. Be careful though…as you travel south, you can again experience late winter again with gray skies and snowcovered lawns in Jamaica Plain. Can’t find the time to see all of Boston? Well then, maybe you can enjoy the many pictures of Boston and its surrounding areas by going to http://www.google.com. LOL

  • JS
    March 4, 2016 at 9:37 am

    WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT BOSTON…is the always changing climate and weather in a single day. For example, on a supposed Thursday, one can sail through the grayish cloudy skies of West Roxbury and within a short time and distance can snap pictures of the sunny Back Bay skyline from the Turtlecopter. No helicopter? Well then, tourists can experience the beauty of the treelined sidewalks of the neighborhoods on foot. Need a rest? Stop off at one of the trendy coffee shops where patrons can enjoy outdoor beverages while wearing shorts, koolots, and sandals. Better pack a hat and gloves though because a little further on into the Kenmore/ Fenway area, one reaches the snow covered region where one experiences piles of snow along the road and sidewalks cleared by the city’s plows. Prefer warmer weather? Skip on over to the North End. Stroll down the cobblestoned streets while taking in the beautiful window boxes adorned with tulips and such. Be careful though…as you travel south, you can again experience late winter again with gray skies and snowcovered lawns in Jamaica Plain. Can’t find the time to see all of Boston? Well then, maybe you can enjoy the many pictures of Boston and its surrounding areas by going to http://www.google.com. LOL

  • Alexander Knight
    March 4, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Allston is worth the $2k+ rents just for all the college aged ripe pussy flowing in the streets thursday-saturday nights….

  • BobnMic
    March 4, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Another great pictorial essay I love it and great job again TB. My wife was born in Brookline but then grew up in Needham. So I spent a shit load of time in and around the great City of Boston when we meet 100 years ago. Seemingly. Just kidding.

    Not really but anyway those streets of Boston north and south of downtown never really was all that different in my mind than a lot of neighborhoods in Worcester. Just a shit load more expensive to live there and definitely not worth it. Plus the drive to Fenway was no different than jumping on the Pike from Worcester and getting there in less than an hour. From an apartment we had back in the day in Brookline it used to take us almost an hour to get to Fenway because of crazy traffic.

    • Micky Shitz
      June 2, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Why wouldn’t you just walk from Brookline to Fenway or take the T (if you really lived there). I don’t think you ever lived in Brookline because no one drives from Brookline to Fenway Park unless they are a moron. LIAR!

  • Gabe Asher
    March 4, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Murderpan

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