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Brighton Rising: Boston's Next 'It Neighborhood'

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We're going to go ahead and call it. (Mostly because, like with all punditry, there's no penalty for getting it wrong.) A strong argument can be made that Brighton may take the mantle from Eastie as Boston's "It Neighborhood" (more here on why Eastie was/is Boston's "It Neighborhood"). The argument begins with the mammoth Boston Landing, which broke ground in the late summer and which will include a 250,000-square-foot HQ for New Balance as well as a 345,000-square-foot sports complex with an NHL-regulation arena.

Boston Landing will also include a 175-room hotel and up to 650,000 square feet of office space spread amongst three buildings; oh, and 1,750 parking spaces and 65,000 square feet of retail. Also! Crucially for that development and for Brighton in general, Boston Landing also includes a new commuter rail stop. What else is planned or recently finished in the area?

· A three-building, 60-unit, mixed-use development at Parsons and Washington streets.
· That five-story, 92-unit redevelopment of the old Circle Cinema near the Brookline border, which will also include a hotel.
· The new 375 Market Street, a luxury rental development where the two- and three-bedroom units rent for between $2,750 and $3,450 (take that, Eastie landlords!).
· Finally, Harvard's titanic 10 million-square-foot expansion into neighboring Allston over the next decade or so.

We think, though, that Boston Landing (née New Brighton Landing) by itself is transformative, especially its commuter-rail stop. There's something about transit-oriented development in Boston.
· Big Part of Cleveland Circle Plans X'ed Out [Curbed Boston]
· New Brighton Landing Gets Its Hotel After All [Curbed Boston]
· Is East Boston the New Innovation District? [Curbed Boston]
· Boston Says Yes to Harvard's Allston Expansion [Curbed Boston]
· Take the Orange Line to the Commons at Forest Hills [Curbed Boston]