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The world comes to Allston

The diversity of the people reflects the patchwork quality of Allston Village.
Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff
The diversity of the people reflects the patchwork quality of Allston Village.

Allston used to be summarily dismissed as a student slum, a great place to be if you were a broke college kid or a cockroach.

The students remain, but much has changed, and it’s mostly for the better. The diversity of the people reflects the patchwork quality of Allston Village. There is an abundance of cuisine from all over the world. Beautiful murals, mixed in with second-hand shops, historic churches, trendy new cafes, Brazilian human rights centers, and Russian caviar and candy.

Consider it an Olympic parade on shuffle.

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On Harvard Ave. the story changes every couple of seconds. That’s where Allston resident Rob Balkin likes to people watch.

“You can either travel the world to see the world, or you can stay in Allston and the world comes to you.’’