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Roslindale Congregational Church
Roslindale Congregational Church
Rozzi, Rozzie (alternate spellings)
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Suffolk
Neighborhood of Boston
Annexed by Boston 1873
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
Zip Code
02131, 02132
Area code(s) 617 / 857

Roslindale is a primarily residential neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, bordered by Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, West Roxbury and Mattapan. It is served by an MBTA Commuter Rail line, several MBTA bus lines and the MBTA Orange Line in nearby Jamaica Plain. Roslindale has its own branch of the Boston Public Library, the neighborhood is covered by Boston Police District E-5 in West Roxbury, Boston EMS Ambulance 17 is stationed in Roslindale, and the Boston Fire Department has a station on Canterbury Street which houses Ladder 16, Engine 53 & District Chief 12. Roslindale's original Engine Company 45, was deactivated on April 10, 1981, due to budget cuts. Roslindale was once called the "garden suburb" of Boston. The portion of the Arnold Arboretum south of Bussey Street is located in Roslindale.

Six miles south-southwest of downtown Boston, Roslindale was originally part of the town of Roxbury. In 1851, current day Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury seceded from Roxbury. The area voted in 1873 to be annexed to the City of Boston.


Roslindale is a diverse neighborhood—according to the 2020 census, the racial makeup of its inhabitants was 45.7% Non-Hispanic White, 20.6% Non-Hispanic Black or African-American, 25.1% Hispanic or Latino, 3.5% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 5.2% identified as other or multiple races.


Elementary schools

  • Sacred Heart School
  • John D Philbrick
  • George H Conley
  • Charles Sumner
  • Mozart
  • Phineas Bates
  • Dennis C Haley
  • Children's Learning Center
  • Brooke Charter School

Middle schools

  • Sacred Heart School
  • Edward Brooke Charter School
  • Washington Irving Middle School

High schools

  • St. Clare High School [closed - building is now the Edward Brooke Middle School]

Notable people

  • Joseph Abboud
  • Paul Francis Anderson
  • Mark Bavis
  • Martha Cahoon
  • Steve DeOssie
  • Stephen Davenport
  • Walter Alden Dyer
  • George Fair
  • Charlotte Gilbertson
  • Martha Goodway
  • T. Vincent Learson
  • Skip Lockwood
  • Brian McGrory
  • Mary McGrory
  • Charlie Rugg
  • Slaine
  • Esoteric
  • Paul Sally
  • Stephen Soldz
  • Marian Walsh
  • Billy West
  • Michelle Wu

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