Allston-Brighton, Massachusetts is a part of the city of Boston, though it has alternated annexation over the years. First founded in 1646, Allston-Brighton was known as Little Cambridge for the better part of the 18th century. In 1807, Allston-Brighton separated from the City of Cambridge. For nearly a century, Allston-Brighton thrived as a meat-packing and slaughter town; in 1874, the City of Boston annexed Allston-Brighton.
Today, Allston-Brighton is known as the student village, owing to the enormous number of college students and recent graduates that live in the area. Boston University and Boston College bookend Allston-Brighton.
For more general history, visit the Allston-Brighton Historical Society.
Get in & around
Travelling to Allston-Brighton by car is generally a bad idea and a means of transportation to be avoided if at all possible. Parking is difficult, extremely limited, and ticketing is very aggressive. Allston-Brighton can be reached via I-90 (Exit 20), as well as State Routes 20 and 30. One of the main thoroughfares in Allston-Brighton is Commonwealth Avenue, State Route 30.
The MBTA buses and Green Line LRV run through Allston-Brighton on Commonwealth Avenue and Brighton Avenue.
Christopher S. Penn lived in Allston-Brighton from 1998-2001.