The Town of Allston Massachusetts


Allston is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, located in the western part of the city. It was named after the American painter and poet Washington Allston. For the most part, Allston is administered collectively with the adjacent neighborhood of Brighton. The two are often referred to together as Allston-Brighton. Housing consists largely of brick apartment buildings, especially on Commonwealth Avenue and the streets directly off it, while areas further down Brighton Avenue, are largely dotted with wooden triple-deckers.

Allston is almost completely cut off from the main body of the city of Boston by Brookline, which borders Allston on the south and east. It is connected to the rest of Boston only by a small portion of its eastern border that is shared with the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood. Allston is bordered by the Charles River, separating it from the city of Cambridge to the north.

The area north of the turnpike near the river is often referred to as Lower Allston (referring to its lower elevation) or North Allston. It consists of streets north of Cambridge Street and the Turnpike, all the way to the Charles River. It extends westward to Everett Street and eastward to Windom Street. The busiest section lies immediately south of the turnpike and centers on the stretch of Harvard Avenue between Commonwealth Avenue and Cambridge Street, which houses many shops, bars and restaurants.


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J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : Allston, Massachusetts

If your property is in an area affected by snow, potential liability may not just be on the ground. Even after you have the snow removed, there may still be building components that affect your liability. These areas of concern may be right above your head. Canopies and awnings are roof structures made of canvas, plastic or metal, typically located over entrances to provide protection from the elements. Unlike roofs, canopies and awnings may not have gutters to control drainage discharge, leaving it to fall, uncontrolled, directly to the ground below. During cold weather, this opens the surface up to the risk of forming ice. While this typically isn’t a problem if there is landscaping below when this drainage falls onto a pedestrian walkway, it creates the potential for a pedestrian to slip and fall. During winter months, it’s important to think about where your drainage pools. If the pitch of your property’s canopy or awning is shallow, there is the potential for it to hold accumulated snow. In addition to drainage and icing concerns, walkways are also at risk of a sudden and uncontrolled discharge of snow and ice from the covering. Most canopies or awnings don’t have protective snow guards, which means that snow or ice falling from a rooftop, awning or canopy creates a considerable risk to pedestrians. The height from which the snow or ice falls adds to the severity of a potential injury. This represents another opportunity to control liability and manage the risks associated with winter property maintenance concerns. A good property manager handles this for you.