East Dedham is actually a really nice area, in terms of it being a close knit, family friendly community with really good "walkability". The Bussey St area does have some run down homes, but you see that even in high end areas with short sales, etc. these days. The area also has a brand new state of the art middle school along with a brand new new elementary school soon to be completed. It's also a very nice scenic commute into Boston from East Dedham. We love it here and wouldn't live anywhere else!