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Photos: Allston Christmas

As college students flooded back into Brighton and Allston today, the administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, WCAS ’09, prepared for the day that has become known as “Allston Christmas” — a reference to the detritus that lines the streets on Sept. 1 — by increasing the number of safety inspections conducted by city officials, all in the hopes of minimizing the chaos for which the day has become notorious. This marks the first “Allston Christmas” since a Boston Globe series exposed overcrowding and safety violations in many off-campus student residences. Students shared their thoughts on their hectic move-ins with The Heights,and Walsh held a press conference at which he discussed the importance of safety in neighborhoods dominated by students.

September 1, 2014