Brighton, Massachusetts Details
The Allston-Brighton and Newton neighborhoods were originally part of Watertown in 1630. Then, in 1634, the Massachusetts Bay Colony transferred the area to Newtowne, which later became Cambridge. The Allston-Brighton area became known as “little Cambridge” until it established its own government in 1807 with the Allston area included. It was a small, rural, farming town of less than 300 residents with a commercial center on the east side. During the Revolutionary War, a cattle market was established in the town to help feed the Revolutionary Army. By 1866, there were 41 slaughterhouses in the area of the Boston & Worcester Railroad, built in 1834. This became the Stockyards and the Abattoir. The town also established itself as a horticultural area in 1820. However, in 1874, it was annexed to Boston.
As of 2013, the population was 47,986. Among the population, 64.6 percent have a high school degree or higher and 38.8 percent have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income is $79,754, and the median per capita income is $53.977. It has 22.7 percent owner-occupied homes. The median value of owner-occupied housing is $400,000. The median monthly rent is $1,540.
Things to Do in Brighton, Massachusetts
Brighton Common is a park at 24 Chestnut Hill Avenue. It is a nice green space and park with interesting statues and a live performance area.
Fenway Park, built in 1912, is the home of the Red Sox. The Red Sox are known for winning four World Series between 1912 and 1918. Then, the team suffered an 86 year drought. Finally, the Red Sox started winning again with World Series Championships in 2004, 2007, and 2013. The Red Sox also have a fierce rivalry with the New York Yankees. Take a tour of Fenway Park, and learn more about the history of the park and the Red Sox. The park is located at 4 Yawkey Way. Tours are available daily from 10 am to 5 pm in the winter and 9 am to 5 pm in the summer.
Central Square, Cambridge
Central Square is the area around the junction of Massachusetts Avenue, Prospect Street, and Western Avenue between MIT and Harvard. It features ethnic restaurants, live music, theatres, and Graffiti Alley where building walls are covered with street art. The Central Walls Project has encouraged other businesses in the area to hire artists to paint their exterior walls also.
The Back Bay Fens Park
The Back Bay Fens Park, located at 100 Park Drive in Boston, was created in 1879 to correct a pollution issue that had developed on the Back Bay. The original tidal marsh ecology was recreated. However, the damming of the Charles river completely cleared up the water in the Back Bay and the gardens had to be changed again.
The Fens now houses community gardens, the Kellecher Rose Garden, the last remaining WWII victory garden, Memorial Gardens dedicated to veterans of WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam. There are also bird watching opportunities and baseball fields. The park is open 24 hours a day.
The Museum of Fine Arts
On the east side of Fens Park, you can visit the Museum of Fine Arts, The museum opened on July 4, 1876 with 5,600 works of art. It now has nearly 500,000 works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art. The Art of the Americas Wing that opened in 2010 offers American art from ancient times to the modern era. In 2011, the west wing became the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art displaying contemporary art and providing social and learning spaces. The museum also features visiting exhibits and collections. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 465 Huntington Avenue and is open Saturday through Tuesday from 10 am to 5 pm and Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 10 pm.
The Samuel Eliot Morison Statue
Samuel Eliot Morison was a Harvard professor, a Pulitzer Prize winner, one of America’s foremost naval historians, and an avid sailor, but do not expect to find a stuffy statue on a pedestal. Instead, you will find a fisherman sitting on a jagged granite rock. It is very picturesque. The statue is located on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall between Exeter and Fairfield Streets.
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