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Brighton

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Brighton, like neighboring Allston, was home to agricultural plots and stockyards in post-colonial days. The extension of street car lines in the 1800s, however, encouraged residential growth, and soon houses and apartments were built across the neighborhood. Unlike Allston today, Brighton is fairly quiet, especially at night. The neighborhood, which is primarily populated by graduate students, young professionals and families, consists of an intricate network of streets lined with houses and small apartment buildings. Local family businesses mix with national chains of pharmacies and banks along Brighton’s main drag, Washington St, which runs straight through Brighton Center to Oak Square.

Brighton lies almost equidistant from three major universities. A substantial part of the campus of Harvard University is in Lower Allston, including Harvard Business School and Harvard Stadium. Harvard also owns large portions of other land in lower Allston, much of which it hopes to develop as an academic campus. Boston University lies along Commonwealth Avenue to the east. Boston College, which straddles the Newton-Brighton line between Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, is at the end of the “B Branch” of the Boston MBTA subway Green Line, which follows Commonwealth Avenue.

The “C Branch” of the Boston MBTA subway Green Line runs directly to the neighborhood along Beacon Street and ends at Boston College, while several bus lines run to and through. The “C Branch” of the Green Line ends at Cleveland Circle after passing through Brookline.