At a Glance

Annexed in 1873, this northwesterly Boston neighborhood is home to a vibrant mix of old and new, residential and commercial. 

Families, who have called Brighton home for generations, share the neighborhood with recent immigrants, students from nearby colleges, and young professionals.  The housing varies between Boston's ubiquitous wooden triple-deckers, more suburban single family homes, and stately brick apartment buildings. In the southwest corner of the neighborhood, The Chestnut Hill Reservoir features a popular shoreline walking trail. 

This diversity of population attracts a diversity of businesses, nonprofits, medical and educational institutions to the area. The eclectic commercial centers of Brighton Center, Cleveland Circle, and Oak Square offer residents and visitors a rich range of options, from ethnic grocery stores to cozy neighborhood pubs. Major tenants of the neighborhood include St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston College, WGBH, and the New Balance Athletic Shoe's world headquarters. Brighton Main Streets supports area business owners. 

Community Engagement Managers

The Community Engagement Managers (CEM) of the BPDA are responsible for assisting staff members with the coordination of all outreach in regard to planning initiatives and proposed development in Boston's neighborhoods. CEMs work to ensure each BPDA external process actively reflects the community's goals, in addition to being the point of contact for constituent questions. Have questions about a certain project in your neighborhood? Feel free to reach out them:


Christine Brandao

Community Engagement Manager

Department: Communications


Allston, Back Bay, Brighton, Chinatown, North Dorchester, Downtown


For information about planning context, zoning, or BPDA review processes, please contact [email protected].