That Old Black Magic
Allston and Brighton
Allston and Brighton are large adjoining neighborhoods connected to Boston by a thin ribbon of land and the MBTA Green Line. Both neighborhoods used to be agricultural land and stockyards, but they’re now more known for their population of party animals than farm animals. Boston College and Boston University are both located in Allston, and it shows. A great deal of renovation has taken place in Allston in recent years resulting in a range of new bars and restaurants that appeal to the young. Allston is a loud, youthful and cheap neighborhood. Thrift stores are everywhere, and the street-level mage will have an easy time finding what she needs to get by.
Brighton isn’t quite as noisy and boisterous as Allston, but it has a similar student ghetto feel. Graduate students and young families make up a large portion of Brighton’s population.