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Fenway is named after the Fenway, a main thoroughfare laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted. As of the 2010 Boston Redevelopment Authority Census, Fenway–Kenmore's population was 40,898, while its land area was defined to be 1.24 square miles (3.2 km2).
Fenway is a neighborhood bounded on the south west by Mission Hill, the Back Bay Fens is in the center of the neighborhood, Columbus Avenue forms the south eastern border, Massachusetts Avenue forms the eastern border, the northern border is roughly the Mass Pike, and on the west by the Longwood Medical Area (part of Roxbury) and the neighboring town of Brookline. The neighborhood consists almost entirely of five- to six-story apartment buildings typically constructed between 1880 and 1930, with rare small, independently-owned shops scattered throughout. Fenway is separated from the Back Bay neighborhood by the Muddy River, which flows through the Back Bay Fens and into the Charles River.