Response to http://www.universalhub.com/node/2850
Roxbury or the South End, somebody's still dead
The South End is legitimately Roxbury. The name Roxbury is used two ways... first, as a borough, like Jamaica Plain. As boroughs, both these places have neighborhoods within them. JP has Egleston Sq. for example, Roxbury has Dudley Sq. and the South End… and Boston has Beacon Hill. But the name Roxbury is also used to delineate a certain section of Roxbury as well, and that would be considered the "heart" of the entire borough. It's because the demographics changed over time. At one point everything south of the Muddy River was Roxbury, and during that time, the entire South End was a marshland. The South End has grown since then, but in actuality, according to the city of Boston, the South End is in Roxbury, because it's always been "in" Roxbury. I hope that makes sense.
And Lenox St. is considered the line dividing the South End and Roxbury sections of Roxbury.
And BTW, I live in Roxbury and I have for 3 years recently and nothing bad has ever happened to me. I also lived in Roxbury from 1999-2001, before moving to JP. I was so happy to move back to Roxbury. My neighbors are awesome and we talk all the time, and help each other out. And everybody puts their trash in a trashcan, unlike South Enders… it stupefies me why South Enders don’t mind having trash all over the sidewalk. Anyways, back to my tale, when I lived in JP, my neighbors were not nearly as friendly or helpful, and here is a list of the crime that happened to me while living in a “nice” part of JP:
1. Car stolen… it showed up somewhere a week later.
2. Jumped by a group of teenage girls while riding my bike, then hit in the face.
3. Car window smashed, and bag stolen.
4. First floor of my house broken into, good thing I lived on the 2nd floor.
Again, nothing bad has happened to me living in Roxbury proper. I feel safer here, than in most other parts of Boston. And I’m a skinny white girl.