As college students flooded back into Brighton and Allston today, the administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, WCAS ’09, prepared for the day that has become known as “Allston Christmas” — a reference to the detritus that lines the streets on Sept. 1 — by increasing the number of safety inspections conducted by city officials, all in the hopes of minimizing the chaos for which the day has become notorious. This marks the first “Allston Christmas” since a Boston Globe series exposed overcrowding and safety violations in many off-campus student residences. Students shared their thoughts on their hectic move-ins with The Heights,and Walsh held a press conference at which he discussed the importance of safety in neighborhoods dominated by students.
As controversies regarding off-campus student housing continue to mount, it’s best to avoid blaming students—but only if they remember to respect the places they call home. […]
After opening their storefront in tandem with Chatime this past July, Beard Papa’s serves Allston diners a wide assortment of Japanese-style creme puffs along with joyful customer service. […]