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    Name: Hannah | Age: 17 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 02131 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added at: 2008-03-31
    Artisticness: 3.0   Calmness: 3.0   Helpfulness: 3.0   Intelligence: 4.0   Neatness: 2.0   Outgoingness: 2.0   
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    What do you like about Boston?
    Boston is defined by its contrasts. Theres this core of working-class, Irish/Italian "real" Bostonians (the ones that say "pahk the cah") but theres also every cultural/ethnic/socio-economic group you could think of. Bostonians are friercely passionate and loyal (especially but not only about the Red Sox) and have a great sarcastic sense of humor. Boston itself is a great walking city with lots of different, unique neighborhoods.

    What do you dislike about Boston?
    The trafffic, the way they keep jacking up the T (public transportation) prices without improving the service. Some parts of it are getting over gentrified/homogenized.

    What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
    I live in Roslindale, which has a cute, European style center, but I mostly hang out in Jamaica Plain, the funky, artsy, hippie neighborhood. Brookline and Cambridge also have the funky artsy thing going on and Downtown/Back Bay has more of the traditional city feel. The North End has the most delicious Italian food you will find this side of the Atlantic and nothing compares to Yawkey Way before/after a Red Sox game.

    How expensive is it? pretty expensive.

    Is it safe?
    I've never had a problem, even though I take public transportation daily, often through the bad neighborhoods, but I'm sure my friends who actually live in those neighborhoods might say otherwise.

    How is the weather?
    Pretty unpredictable, but not as bad as they say. Although one of my early memories is walking down my street through chest-deep (to a 6 year old)snow after the April Fool's day blizzard. But Bostonians are really turning into wimps.

    Additional thoughts?
    Boston is a great location. If you want gorgeous beaches, head down to Cape Cod. Woods? Go up to Maine/New Hampshire/Vermont. More intense city experience? NYC isn't too far. Be aware, though, that this is all the view of a lifelong resident, so I can't really say how it seems to an outsider.


    Name: | Age: 45 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 02131 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added at: 2007-02-13
    Artisticness: 4.0   Calmness: 3.0   Helpfulness: 4.0   Intelligence: 5.0   Neatness: 2.0   Outgoingness: 3.0   
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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?
    Very.

    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.