West Roxbury is a neighborhood of Boston that is surrounded by Roslindale, Dedham, Brookline and Newton. Although commonly mistaken as a part of Roxbury, West Roxbury is actually not even connected to Roxbury and the two are in fact separated by Jamaica Plain and Roslindale. West Roxbury has the most open space in the city, with nearly 1,200 acres.
The area was originally settled in 1630, when it was still a part of Roxbury and primarily used as farmland. In the 1840's, a place called Brook Farm was opened as a utopian communal living experiment. Inspired by the fundamental beliefs of Transcendentalism, Brook Farm was a place where everyone who lived there worked together towards a better life. Many notable writers frequented Brook Farm such as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathanial Hawthorne, the latter of which wrote a novel based on his time there.
Today the area mostly consists of single family homes on tree lined streets, lending to a sense of suburbia in an urban location. The MBTA has a strong presence in West Roxbury via the Commuter Rail, which has three stops in the neighborhood, and multiple MBTA bus lines that run through or end in West Roxbury. Millennium Park is a place of refuge for residents of West Roxbury, with 100 acres of picnic areas, sport fields and walking trails.