Commonwealth Avenue (often abbreviated "Comm Ave" by locals) is a road in the city of Boston, Massachusetts beginning at the western edge of the Public Garden, and continuing west through the Back Bay, Kenmore Square, and the suburbs of Brighton and Chestnut Hill. It continues as part of Route 30 through Newton until it crosses the Charles River at the Weston border.
Often termed "Boston's Grand Boulevard" in the Parisian tradition, the street is divided at center by a large median (named the Commonwealth Avenue Mall) with greenery and statuary from its origin until it reaches Kenmore Square. It is this greenway that links the Public Garden and Boston Common to the rest of the Emerald Necklace. Upon reaching Kenmore, the MBTA Green Line "B" Branch rises above ground and dominates the center of the roadway through the Boston University Charles River Campus to the Newton border where it ends near Boston College. The section in Newton is made up of two roadways separated by a grassy, tree-lined median. The south side of the roadway contains the main, two-lane east-west roadway, with a one-way, westbound "carriage road" providing local access on the north side of the median.
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