The New 02134
Allston moves beyond "student ghetto" status| From Commonwealth | By Jessica Ullian and Amy Laskowski | Photos by Kalman Zabarsky
Learn about Allston's shops, restaurants, and bars from the past and present.
Most BU grads have at least one cherished memory of Allston: a too-late night at the Sunset Grill, a first apartment on Glenville Avenue, or an encounter with Mr. Butch, the neighborhood's late dreadlocked, guitar-toting unofficial ambassador. It's safe to say, however, that few of those recollections involve high-end clothing, artisanal cocktails, and spa treatments. But the new 02134, once called a “student ghetto,” now mixes longtime local mainstays with the best of Boston's new shopping and dining.
“I've seen a real diversification of the kind of businesses here,” says Katie Reed (GRS'06), a graduate of Boston University's historic planning and preservation program and executive director of Allston Village Main Streets, a nonprofit neighborhood improvement association. “It's great to see it becoming a destination.”
While some familiar storefronts have closed in the past year, notably Marty's Liquors and Economy Hardware, other standbys are thriving — and the newcomers keep on coming.