They say I went to school in Boston. People are embarrassed to say, “I went to Harvard. They say, “I went to school in Boston. There are many over-educated and highly compensated professionals in the area, which is good for the economy, but it kinda sucks culturally.
People here are generally tense and boring, and there tends to be a strong “anti-fun feeling” that rules the nightlife. The city closes very early, good luck finding a night bite to eat, even on the weekend. There are many restrictions on “vices” (please let someone think of children), although little by little they seem to let go a little, fortunately. The Dig - Boston's Only Newspaper Boston is incredibly impressive.
We have hot and cold weather, and our accent is atrocious. I learned atrocious for performance tests. Finally, I like the girl in the third row, but I don't think she likes it. Most Americans have little access to public transportation, and most American cities and towns are extensive and barely accessible on foot from malls and atomized housing developments.
Places where, if you don't have access to a car at least once, you're really broke. But in Boston, we have public transportation (which is falling apart and underfunded), and we have a city that is small enough to walk in a couple of hours in places. Pretty cool, isn't it? In addition, most Americans don't have much to do where they live when they are not working, going to school, or playing video games beyond shopping malls (most of which have given up any claim to provide non-commercial spaces for any social purpose), facilities sports and places of worship. Our private universities and major cultural institutions are supported by the rich, so there are all kinds of events and entertainment happening in them all the time.
Some free or cheap to attend. Not that all Bostonians are necessarily interested in taking advantage of such opportunities (say, challenged by melanin) or that they are comfortable attending places like Symphony Hall or the Museum of Fine Arts, but those places are there anyway. Not only because I was born here and have lived in and around it for most of my life to date. But because there are super fascinating people here, natives and transplants from all over the world alike and many results of intellectual and cultural effervescence.
However, our elected and unelected leaders continue to call Boston great. Even as it reels on the brink of various political, economic, cultural and environmental disasters. And I can't get too excited about their positive points until there are far fewer negative points. Which means you shouldn't expect any more half-filled glass missives from me in the foreseeable future.
As those developments unfold, Boston Public Library staff do a great job of enhancing the city's cultural game with sadly limited resources. Boston K-12 schools work powerfully to provide public school students with an education on par with private and charter schools that endlessly hit their heels (and budgets), including providing a variety of extracurricular cultural opportunities. Each club has won two previous series, with New York leading the all-time postseason duel 12-11, although Boston has won seven of the last eight. As with housing, much of the road infrastructure in Boston would probably be illegal to build as it stands today: many really narrow lanes that can be easy to handle for someone used to having more room for maneuver.
Jason Pramas is executive director of BINJ, executive editor and associate editor of DigBoston. This is according to an insurance study that also found that Boston has the second highest accident rate of any major US city. UU. Last week I agreed to my colleague Chris Faraone's request that I write about what is happening to Boston.
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