Brookline, a town of over 58,000 and a non-contiguous part of Norfolk County, thanks to Boston’s annexation of West Roxbury and Hyde Park in 1873, is a lovely admixture of fun shopping neighborhoods, stately residences, and lush parks. There’s even a working urban farm – the Allandale Farm, which operates a farm stand, a garden center, and a wildly popular Community Supported Agriculture “farm share” program. Brookline has been home to many prominent Americans – John F. and Robert Kennedy were born on Beals Street here, as were Barbara Walters, Mike Wallace, Conan O’Brien; it is the seat of the Bostoner Rebbe and home of lightweight contender’s Kenny Florian’s family mixed martial arts gym. Boston Patriots owner Robert Kraft hails from Brookline.Known originally as the Muddy River section of Boston, in 1874 many town and city lines were redrawn, and Brookline became pretty much the land area it is now. Once described by landscape historian Andrew Jackson Downing as “The whole of this neighborhood of Brookline is a kind of landscape garden” because of the verdant parks, with Boston’s Emerald Necklace running through it.
Today there are numerous distinct neighborhoods in Brookline, including Brookline Hills, Brookline Village, the Pierce school district, Chestnut hill (which goes into West Roxbury), Cleveland Circle, Coolidge Corner, Corey Hill, Longwood Medical area, Washington Square, and many more. With 26,448 households, the population of 6.8 square mile Brookline is dense: 8,701 per square mile. Because of its location and excellent schools, Brookline is home to many doctors and researchers at the Boston teaching hospitals and professors from colleges throughout the area. This may also be because of its proximity to everything urban, including the roads and MBTA.
In 1810, the Boston and Worcester Turnpike was designed to run through Brookline, running from Huntington Avenue in Boston to Worcester, along what is now Route 9. On the other side of Brookline was the Boston and Worcester Railroad, which still runs along what is now the Massachusetts Turnpike. The B part of the MBTA Green Line runs along the north side of Brookline. The C part of the MBTA Green Line, which runs along Beacon Street, began as a streetcar along tracks in 1888; they first ran only from Coolidge Corner to Kenmore Square. The D Line, which runs through Brookline Village, began as the Highland branch of the Boston and Albany Railroad, starting in Kenmore Square in 1847.
As a town in Norfolk County, Brookline residents are subject to the Superior Court in Dedham, located at 650 High Street. Serious Brookline personal injury cases are tried in Dedham. However, District Court cases can be heard at the Brookline District Court, located at 360 Washington Street, in Brookline Village. The Attorneys at Burns & Jain have tried numerous Brookline car accident cases in both of those courts.
Burns & Jain, located at Six Beacon Street, Suite 600 since 1987, is easily accessible from Brookline by the green line: simply take the Green Line to Park Street, walk up Park Street toward the State House, turn right, and we are one block down on the right!
We offer free home and hospital visits, and free consultations: call our office at 617-227-7423 for a consultation with the lawyers at Burns & Jain.