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Whats the appeal of boston?

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All of these people judging Boston by the ability to navigate a car through the city streets clearly haven’t spent enough time in Boston to appreciate all of the other great aspects of the city.

Additionally, Boston is like the Bay Area in that you have tons of awesome places to visit in close proximity: Cape Cod, the Islands, Maine beaches, NH and VT mountains, the Berkshires and quaint towns of western MA, etc.

But I think the best part about Boston (and New England) is the people. I think we’ve got the most down to earth, well educated, level-headed people in the country. But I’m from here so I’m obviously biased.

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I agreed with you on everything BUT the people lol. I find Boston people to be somewhat full of themselves lol having lives there for half a decade.

There’s a reason rents in Boston are so high even though the city is tiny...not even 1M people. Best schools in the world. Best sports teams in the country. Great tech scene. Low violence. Much closer to good ski mountains, beaches, and other outdoor activities than most cities. Nantucket is miles better than the Hampton’s. Taxes are reasonable. Healthcare is superb. Anyone who hates on Boston probably just can’t handle the cold or hates the Patriots.

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Lol spoken with the classic arrogance and entitlement that only Boston sports fans can have. The reason everyone else can't stand them

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I’ve never seen a more valid question lol #IhateBoston

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Running around the Charles River

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Boston is my favorite city. It’s so beautiful, great access to nature, high quality of education/healthcare/life sciences brings about a lot of smart people..

But the T sucks

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DC metro is a piece of shit

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Honestly I never found anything appealing about it

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Awesome neighborhoods (eg back bay, south end, beacon hill). Good size without feeling as busy and dirty as New York. Proximity to mountains/beaches (and to the airport). New England vibes. Sports dynasties.

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Loll

Nerds galore

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Winning sports teams.

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This is the only correct response.

Source: from someone who’s lived in Boston for 10+ years

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High rent, gentrification, etc. just kidding. Kind of. Every city has its pros and cons. I personally love the vibes of Harvard Square and Cambridge

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Pro: New England Clam chowder
Con: Roundabouts

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At least they aren’t jughandles. Go right for 1/4 mile to take a left. Sure that makes sense. One jug handle can take 40 min in NJ.

Back in the 1770s the British saw this as one of the major seaports for the northern colonies. There was great appeal to control this hub of resources and choke the colonies during the revolutionary war. That was the appeal of Boston... as of the appeal now a days, I have no clue... friend got robbed there while jogging.

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Brave - what a brave post. Having lived here for the past 6 years - I can assure you this is quite a safe place lol, ridiculous!

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I only lived there 6 years after moving in after UG.

I found it segregated and biased, but no more than a lot of places. More biased than SoCal and NorCal, less than ATL suburbs, St. Louis, Charlotte. About the same as Rochester and Minneapolis.

Lots of townies, both in the city and suburbs. For example getting to Portland ME. is quick, great place for dinner. A lot of my neighbors thought ME, was a vacation that took planning. Even going into the city from Weston or Natick is a big deal to many.

The city is very walkable, from Cambridge to bars and arenas is all walkable. Bars in Cambridge more hospitable than suburbs and even many of the non-tourist city bars.

Easy to get to beautiful places in ME, VT, RI. and NH.

Lots of culture in town, and you need to use outdoor and culture things-to-do to break into what is otherwise clique heavy groups.

I've lived a lot of places, I think it is a decision to like or dislike a place. Everywhere has good and bad attributes. I tried to like Houston and Dallas, but find it very difficult, yet millions chose to live there.

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To C2’s point, No way you get to Portland in less than 2 hours on a Friday from Boston, which was the OT. And even from Wakefield a 1.5-2 hour trip ain’t like driving around the corner.
But lots of places on the way. Much shorter trip to Ogunquit. Heck I’d peel off and do Cape Elizabeth.

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Another minority living in Boston for the past decade. I moved here for grad school and have a lot of friends who are in multiracial relationships. So doesn’t feel racist to me even though I know the reputation. Took a while for the city to grow on me but now I cannot imagine raising a family somewhere else.

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Bingo

My whole life, I grew up in Boston and my friends and I all think it’s the most boring city ever...I had a better time in upstate NY for college and live in NYC now. I still don’t get the hype...The one thing though is that being a Boston sports fan is 🔥🔥

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I’m always open to recs...

Besides Back Bay, Boston is no bueno

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Really? Back Bay I’d the most boring part of Boston! That’s we’re all the chains and non descriptive places are.

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Nobody mentioned the proximity to a dozen ski areas in northern New England. Not the Rockies... but easy for a spontaneous day trip or quick weekend getaway. And beaches, if that’s your thing.

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Jay peak is sick for the northeast but yeah obviously it’s not as good as out wrst

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I’ve thought of moving several times given that we can live anywhere with a decent airport with this job. Every time I start looking seriously, I end up like “naaah” ain’t living home for this.
Grew up in New York and wouldn’t go back there. Have been traveling coast to coast and wouldn’t live in SoCal. Chicago? Nope. DC? Nope. Charlotte? Nope. Dallas? Nope. ATL? Nope.
It’s small enough that you can get connected pretty easily if you’re here long enough, though harder when you first move here. But big enough that there is a ton of cool stuff happening and people doing them. It’s expensive, but lots of high paying jobs in interesting sectors. Moved here after college and it gets better the older I get.

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It’s the best fahken city in the country kehd

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A city from where realistic weekend trips to European cities is possible

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The ability to easily leave a place is not a great selling point for living there.

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