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Please provide a general outline of the city and its neighborhoods/boroughs/parts of town, including information about political leanings, police forces, population, income levels, social services, etc.

Housing[edit]

Free housing, shelters and hostels, etc.

Parking[edit]

Sometimes it's just more convenient to drive to Boston, if you're coming from out-of-town, and then take the T around town while you're here. The problem is, you need to park your car somewhere safe and free while you're in town. Or sometimes, you'd rather drive to a Red Sox game than ride the t home with the crowds. But you want to park somewhere close to Fenway Park.

Buswell Street, Arundel Street and Mountfort Street all are free from parking restrictions. (Be careful, though! One side of the street is for residents only. Make sure you're not on the side with signs that say "Resident Permit Parking Only".) It's in the Boston University neighborhood, and students have been known to park their cars there for a semester at a time without moving it. Five minutes from Fenway Park and 3 minutes from the T (B, C, and D lines), it's one of the best kept secrets in Boston.

The best time to get a space there is just after a Red Sox game ended. If you want to park there during the game, you'll need to get there about two hours early, but don't worry! There's plenty to do in that neighborhood to keep yourself busy (though most of it isn't free). Other good times to find parking on these streets are:

  • 6 to 6:30 AM
  • 3 to 4 PM (on days that BU is in session)
  • 2 to 5 PM (Sundays; almost every day during the summer)

Food[edit]

If you find yourself near the Beacon Hill area late at night, and you're looking for a free snack, here are two suggestions:

First, the 7-11 at 66 Charles Street (right on the corner of Mount Vernon street) is a great place to find recently expired, but perfectly edible food. All of their homemade food "goes bad" at exactly midnight, so if you show up at around 12:05AM and find something that hasn't been thrown out yet, simply ask the person at the register if you can have it for free, seeing as it would be wasted otherwise. (As a side note, if you happen upon a strung-out guy with curly red hair, known affectionately as Kaiser Wilhelm, try talking to him. He has an art studio in the basement and loves chatting with random passers-by.)

Or, if everything's been replaced, try checking out the Upper Crust on 20 Charles street. Once it closes, they throw out all the leftover pizza, but they generally place it right on top of the trash bins, just waiting for someone to come by and take some. It's usually a little cold, but almost always edible.

Doughboy Donuts on West Broadway in South Boston gives free donuts and coffee to police officers (or anyone who looks like a police officer), so if you have a convincing costume, there's nothing stopping you from exploiting this.

Medical Care[edit]

Planned parenthood, free clinics, free medical advice, Medicare resources, low-cost clinics, etc.

Legal Aid[edit]

ACLU, free legal aid/counseling, pro bono attorneys, etc.

Armed Forces/Deployment Avoidance Counseling[edit]

Legal aid, resources, etc.

Play[edit]

See Free Play section, include details for this city.

Beaches, Swimming Pools, Parks, Sports, Museums, Music, Theatre, TV shows, Movies, etc.

Information[edit]

General weather, traffic, news resources, etc.

Underground Papers[edit]

Self-explanatory

Miscellaneous[edit]

Any other freebies

Public Transit[edit]

Subways, Buses, Ferries, Shuttles, etc.

Free Clothing and Furniture[edit]

While not exactly "free", the basement of The Garment District on 200 Broadway in Cambridge has a place called Dollar-A-Pound, which is exactly what it sounds like. Consists of heaps of clothing, you could find almost anything.

Dollar-a-pound is now $1.50 a pound, except on Friday's, where it is $.75 a pound.

Assorted Freebies[edit]

See Assorted Freebies Section, provide details for this city, including other topics. Whatever fits and is useful.

Survive[edit]

Go to the Survive section and provide any city-specific details, including new topics.