This Neighborhood In Massachusetts Was One Of The Most Dangerous Places In The Nation In The 1970s

The Bay State is consistently ranked as one of the safest states in the nation. We’re fortunate to have plenty of peaceful streets and happy communities.

However, one place in Massachusetts holds the unfortunate distinction of having been one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America: the Combat Zone.

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The Pilgrim Theatre, which once showed adult films and was conveniently located next to a hotel, is now a complex of luxury apartments. When modern passerby peer into the windows of shops at the intersection of Essex and Washington Streets, they’ll see visions of gourmet flat bread pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee rather than racy posters and adult performers.

Do you have any memories of the Combat Zone? For more Massachusetts nostalgia, check out these 10 things you’ll remember if you grew up in Massachusetts in the 1980s.