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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 3.1    Calmness: 2.3    Helpfulness: 2.1   
Intellectualness: 4.0    Neatness: 2.9    Outgoingness: 2.4   
Average Resident Personality Test Scores:
Artisticness: 3.07    Calmness: 3.01    Helpfulness: 3.00   
Intellectualness: 3.20    Neatness: 3.33    Outgoingness: 3.28   


Name: steph | Age: 19 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 02115 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2006-07-17
Artisticness: 4   Calmness: 2   Helpfulness: 2   Intelligence: 4   Neatness: 3   Outgoingness: 3   
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What do you like about Boston? It is diverse and there's something for everyone. It's also a very walkable city plus the T is great.
What do you dislike about Boston? Nothing. It's not as expensive as New York and its easy to get away, if you ever wanted to.
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in? Either Back Bay or Downtown. I love to just hang out and people watch. Kenmore is cool too, down by Fenway. Landsdowne St. is THE place for live shows.
How expensive is it? It could be worse.
Is it safe? Yes. Some areas are sketchy, especially at night, but the majority of the city is ok.
How is the weather? Fall is the best season to come. The spring is rainy, the winter is tough and the summer can get wicked hot and humid.
Additional thoughts? Come visit us!

Name: | Age: 45 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 02131 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2007-02-13
Artisticness: 4   Calmness: 3   Helpfulness: 4   Intelligence: 5   Neatness: 2   Outgoingness: 3   
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What do you like about Boston?
Diverse ever-changing groups of people -- because of the schools, every four years there are a different million people in town. The history of the area. The RED SOX! The politics.The \"walkability\" of the city. I've lived here 25 years and didn't have a car the first twelve though I've lived in JP, the South End, Beacon Hill, Cambridge, Somerville... almost every neighborhood except Alston/Brighton.

What do you dislike about Boston?
The traffic. The (lack of) parking. The lack of street signs.

What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
I love Jamaica Plain and Roslindale. Very funky gay, straight, hispanic, black, Irish, middle-class, poor, mix of people. I also disagree with folks who say Bostonians are unfreindly -- they are reserved, don't butt into your life and let you be. They will not be the ones to speak first but they will be as open and inviting as you are to them.

How expensive is it?

Is it safe?
Very. I live in one of the areas people will tell you is \"unsafe\" yet neither I nor anyone I know (and we all had to buy houses here because it is the only neighborhood in the city we could afford) have been robbed, raped, accosted, assaulted or any other category of crime I can think of right now.

How is the weather?
I like it but Winter is long, often lasting from October until the beginning of April. Fall is gorgeous. Summer, it gets hot and humid on July 4th and pretty much chills down after Memorial Day. I grew up in Virginia and would never say the Summers were too hot. Spring is mostly mud as everything thaws.

Additional thoughts?
Boston is a great place to be politically active whether on a local, State or National level. Despite the prevailing opinion that local politics are closed off and insular I've found it is mostly a matter of showing up. If you find out when and where your ward committee meetings are and go to them you can be known and listened to within the year. If you take your spouse or housemate then you're a voting bloc.

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