Boston, MA

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    Mon Jul 12 2010

    We recently went on vacation in Hull MA then visited Boston for the day by the Ferry Boat. The Aquarium was kind of small. We weren't impressed. The South End had lots of business buildings and not any places to eat except for some ridiculously overpriced tourist traps and bars. We found one restaurant near the Ferry Boat, we were real hungry and had to catch the Ferry Boat back to our hotel so had to find a place to eat near the Ferry. A 3 person dinner cost us over 100 dollars not including tip. We didn't even order dessert or drinks. The food is too expensive and overrated. The Science Museum over on the North End was much bigger and had a lot more exhibits. We drove into the "Italian Section" past the Italian restaurants and couldn't believe how narrow the streets were. It appears that both Hull and Boston had lots and lots of bars. I wondered if people in Boston ever ate out or was drinking the favorite pastime? I peeked my head into a couple of bar/restaurants in Hull. They smell... Read more

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    Mon Jul 27 2009

    Viewing Boston relative to other American cities, it's actually pretty great; beautiful architecture, good mass transit, an over all walkable, sustainable infrastructure, decent food, lots of well educated young people. However, viewing Boston relative to what it was like, say, 15 years ago, it's fallen a long way. It has embraced gentrification in a big way, meaning very little of its arts scene still remains because the property values there are astronomical. There are more 30-ish moms with strollers in the South End, the city's original gay neighborhood, than anything else, and there's an over all sense of commercialism in the compulsive neatness and cleanliness of the place. For anyone truly into living in or visiting an authentic urban environment, I'd suggest Philadelphia or even Providence over Boston, although there's still plenty to do if you haven't been there yet.

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    Fri Jul 03 2009

    Boston is a very, very complicated city, as Oscar said. For a place that is central to the development of American culture, it's geographically peripheral and remote -- I can't tell you how many New Yorkers I've met who have never been to Boston and don't see much of a reason ever to do so. There's some egotism but it's mostly of a provincial, defensive, and neurotic kind that you would never find in New York. Some multigenerational residents tend to believe that they live in the "Hub of the Universe" (the most arrogant moniker for a city I could imagine) but they're also extremely articulate in making their case. I admire the fact that people seem to value education, especially the ability to speak, over just about anything else, including the ability to earn money. "Old money/old family" Massachusetts gets away with way too much -- e.g. the Kennedys -- but the flip side is that not many people kowtow to new millionaires. Rents are (unjustifiably) the second or third highest in Ameri... Read more

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    Wed Jun 24 2009

    I do not like Boston at all. The city has rude people with terrible accents. The fine people of Boston cannot drive to save their lives and the city is always congested. The city is far too pricey and they apparently think they are something they are not- a mecca. It's annoying hearing talk about the Red Sox and Celtics (who have the ugliest floor in the NBA). I try to avoid Boston at all costs.

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    Fri May 01 2009

    I've always loved New England overall, but have only managed to make it to Boston a handful of times-- I had a cousin living in Chelmsford, a suburb, and I was there a few times with my parents when I was a kid. As an adult, I drove up a few times with a friend, but our experiences there were limited-- we stopped at a few book stores (I've been told since that I should have made it over to Cambridge if I really wanted to check out top-flight bookstores), the decrepit remnants of what had once been the Combat Zone (maybe if my friend and I had been younger, it would have been somewhat exciting in a seedy sort of way, but at the time we walked through it, it was just sad, depressing, and bleak), and surrounding towns like Salem, Peabody (we asked a local cop for directions and he expressed anger at our admittedly off-putting NJ accents-- "It's not's pronounced PEABODY, PEABODY!!!"-- guess he'd had a rough day by the time we arrived on the scene), and Marblehead. Beautiful, ... Read more

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    Mon Mar 09 2009

    I've lived west of Boston (about an hour away) most of my life and once college time hit-- I thought I was making the best decision of my life to choose a college directly IN Boston. Afterall, I was looking for the vibrant, city "feel" I was hoping Boston could offer. And, of course, Boston being the ultimate college town in the Nation, what more could I ask for? But after being here for 2 years, my interest and admiration for this city has definitely gone down. Don't get me wrong, Boston is great, but with every city, it has it's flaws and I soon realized this city isn't for me. Yes, the city is very culturally diversed, always many things going on, great hang-out spots, an above average public transportation system, and 4-seasons weather(if that's what you want, that is) however, I find the city to be extremely unappealing if I ever have to LIVE here. A city that is great for visits but not live with its' many tourist attractions (museums, aquarium, shopping, fanueil hall, etc.), abu... Read more

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    Mon Feb 02 2009

    Nice city to live in if your a college student. Has a plethora of universities including two of the world's best. Lot's of tech companies in-and-around Boston but it's really not comparable to the San Jose area. The tech companies in Boston tend to be smaller than those on the West Coast. Overall, it's cleaner than most American cities and has a kind of old traditional feel to it. Despite it's horde of foreign students... I would not consider it a cosmopolitan city. Feels very provincial. The people are a bit like the New England weather: cold and austere. Not much changes in Boston. It's neither growing, nor shrinking. It's a somewhat small city. You can walk most of it in a single day. Rent is fairly expensive and the standard of living is good. Not as boring as Providence or Albany, but not a particularly exciting place to live either.

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    Mon Sep 15 2008

    I love Boston! People are very down to earth and I have an easy time chatting with the locals here. Unlike cold mean places like L.A. or DC. Boston is a city where you can simply walk around and have fun. I walked the Freedom Trail and also went on the boat ferry to view the city. Boston is a very clean city too.  But the winters here are very cold, cloudy and can be depressing.

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    Sat Sep 06 2008

    Having visited Boston a few times recently NOT in the winter btw,this is one of the better cities I have been too. For one its walkable for the most part,marinas line the bay where you can sail until your hearts content. The weather in the spring and summer is fabulous compared to the other parts of the country. As with every other large city anywhere boston has it's share of negative things,but nothing out of the ordinary..

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    Thu Jul 03 2008

    Boston is absolutely horrible. Living in Connecticut, I was appalled by the level of racism I, as a white male, observed there. I thought that Connecticut and Massachusetts were supposed to be quite similar, because they're both part of the tourism scheme known as "New England," but, as I look at it, it seems more like Connecticut is culturally aligned with New York. In the Tri-State area (NY-NJ-CT) we do not have the overt New England racist attitude that Boston does. Hartford, Connecticut really is the farthest north blacks have a substantial urban population--they were not accepted, in fact, they were shunned, in Boston. The Boston Red Sox were the last team to racially integrate, and they did so begrudgingly (New York was the first with the Brooklyn Dodgers). Where are all the black people (and Hispanics, etc) in Fenway Park at Sox games? Or in downtown Boston for that matter? Unlike New York City, diversity does not exist in the nicer areas of Boston--the people of Boston like it ... Read more

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    Thu Feb 08 2007

    I understand how some folks would question Boston's choice of politicians, but different strokes for different folks, say I. This is a first rate town to visit and spend a few days. Lots to see and do here folks. One draw back, at least for me, is the caprice taken in the way the streets suddenly change names.

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    Sat Jan 20 2007

    Benjamin Franklin was born here and Fenway lives here.

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    Mon Jun 26 2006

    Too many racist, parochial, territorial, corrupt "Marty McGillicuddies" in Boston. Outside of the academic world...Boston is really just a danky overpriced city. The hatred of NY and the Yankees is just soooo old and lame. You just look to America like a bunch of little whiny brats (drunk too). Also shows you how insecure these people really are. Really OBSESSED with hating anything NY. The overpriced real estate and general homoginization of Boston has caught on and you'll notice places like Portland, Burlington, Northampton, Provindence, Portsmouth filling up with ex-Bostonians. Basic conclusion...its overpriced and not such a cool place anymore. Most of New England calls Boston the great bastion of M-ssholes.

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    Sat May 20 2006

    Old, dirty, cramped, full of uppity snobby racist people. People are liberal as long as it doesn't affect them, amazingly conservative, and prejudiced if it affects them. everything is crazy money. Local Government is corrupt and incompetent. The sports venues are atrocious. Traffic is horrible. The roads suck. There's nothing to do if you are sober. People are so preoccupied in what other cities(mostly New York) think about them. They just come off as sour grape, insecure, whiny morons. The Boston accent is the most retarded sounding dialect ever. I'd rather listen to a drunk William Hung sing the national anthem for 24 consectutive hours than hear another Boston accent. Bostonians get so bent out of shape when a Hollywood movie has an "innacurate" Boston accent in it. They complain that it makes them seem stupid. Well, fake or real accent they still sound stupid. Boston is one place that prides itself on history. There are a lot of historical sites and museums. Th... Read more

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    Wed Mar 15 2006

    I lived in Boston in the early 90's and was shocked to see how expensive and gentrified it has become a decade later. The weather is horrible most of the year, people who pay high prices for their homes are just deluded. And I agree with the posters who mentioned racism - yes, there are good people there but if you're non-Anglo you will get the cold shoulder by bartenders, etc. A plain woman with blonde hair and blue eyes will get the royal treatment, a beautiful brunette or Latina/Asian will get ignored.

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    Sat Feb 25 2006

    This one of the Great American Cities, up there with New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington. Like those cities, it has it's own unique feel. It's compact, you can walk around it easily (do not drive!)and take in all the historic sites. I would say that along with San Francisco, it is also one of the most beautiful American cites...certain areas even rival the great European captials. I can't understand why a person would feel there's nothing to do...between the sports teams, museums, restaurants, bars, clubs, concerts, and shops there plenty to do. Also, all the young students from all over the world give the city a very cosmopolitan feel.

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    Thu Feb 23 2006

    This town ROCKS! It's one of the few American cities that has a unique feel to it. It also has more young co-eds than any other city on earth, so meeting people is not a problem. I think Boston is like the flip side of San Francisco. It's best in the spring or fall, cause winters can be bad. Good clubs, restaurants, plenty of history and it's very pretty. Also, it's pretty SAFE! I've never felt afraid walking around.

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    Wed Jan 18 2006

    Being from Boston, I can say it is the worst place period. It is cold, damp and depressing. The winters are harsh and there is nothing to do. It is so awful that I am dreaming of the moment that I can move. Because there is nothing to do here people only care about sports.Thats it, nothing but sports and drinking. Most people here drink day in and day out. Could be an explanation for the terrible accents. I get so frustrated when people from other places question why I do not have an accent. They dont understand, how I could have lived here my whole life and sound normal? What most people dont realize, is that not every one from Boston talks that way. If you are from the wealthier suburbs for example.. Wayland, Weston etc you DO NOT SPEAK WITH AN ACCENT. This is a mind boggling concept for people that are not from this area. It is a fact though, one that I had to get off my chest :) thanks for listening Lets not forget the corrupt politics or the horrible cost of living Just had to... Read more

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    Mon Jan 16 2006

    Wow - you can say that Bostonians have issues with racism and then in the same paragraphy write the phrase "...retard with down syndrome"?!? Someone else sounds close minded to me - wake up - it's 2006.

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    Mon Jan 09 2006

    Boston is a decent city....very damn clean city! Of course...that "cleanliness" comes from the HIGH-COST of living in this city. Everything from food, housing, gas is so damn expensive here. I once visited a relative who lived in Worcester area....saw the gas eyes were going to bulge out. Same syndrome hit me when I wanted to buy a can of soda (pop, coke..wherever the heck you're from) costs $2 for a can of soda from a vending machine for pete's sake!!! There's a mix of people in Boston when it comes to social interaction. Some are cool to hang out with and socialize...they seem very friendly like folks from the south. In fact one of my best friends now is a Boston local...born and raised in Bean Town. But the majority I've encountered were cold, racist, mean, and anti-social. Several Taxi drivers in fact didn't stop for me when flagging them down. Shees..I guess I didn't have blonde hair and blue eyes! Locals are weird when it comes to pronouncing the names of certain ... Read more

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    Sun Dec 25 2005 no other place in America! Home of The Red Sox, The Bruins, The Patriots and The Faneuil Hall Marketplace...just to name a few of the positive things. Boston, biggest little Town in America and I am prouud to have once lived there.

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    Fri Dec 09 2005

    It's my hometown, so I'm a little biased. But don't think I regard it as perfect. Like every place, it has its ups and downs. Boston is a very, very complicated place, few cities can match it in that regard. Good points: You can walk around in it. It has a decent public transportation system, which doesn't stop weirdos from talking to themselves, vagrants throwing up on it at 12:03 A.M., drunken college age kids, etc. A lot of history, and the schools and hospitals are nonpareil. Great place to catch a band at one of the many clubs, good museums, many fine restaurants, and Fenway is undoubtedly one of the very best parks to catch a game at. Bad points: Terrible place to drive in, I get lost and confused sometimes and I've lived there my whole life, insanely expensive, particularly in housing, Boston drivers are as bad as their reputation too.Segregation. People: A VERY mixed bag. There are a lot of leftists, mostly in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain, so if you don't like leftists you s... Read more

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    Tue Oct 04 2005

    I am twenty-nine years old and have lived in Boston all my life! The best thing I can say about my hometown is that you can get pretty much anywhere by public transportation and the fall season is quite beautiful. Other than that it stinks!!! People are self-centered and rude, it is soooo cold in the winter and it is dirty!!!! My husband and I just visited Charleston, SC and wow! what a difference, nice weather, people and it is clean. That is a place I would love to live!!!!

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    Sun Sep 18 2005

    Nice place to viist but never would live there. People are rude and stuck up, more so than other big cities and everything costs too much, a small run down one bedroom apt costs 2,000$ a month, no thanks.

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    Sat Sep 10 2005

    Really enjoyable vist to this city, just loved wandering around discovering the place good nightlife and enjoyable food. The aquarium is a good day out, and visiting the Harvard is a must. If you get the chance take a train ride down to Salem unmissable. First time in America and loved every bit of it.

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    Fri Sep 09 2005

    I grew up in western MA and lived there for 35 years til i moved to Colorado years back and while Boston is a wonderful city to visit with lots to see and do it sucks to live there. People here (like most of MA in general) are cold, unfriendly, stuck up rude folks who think they are God's gift to the world, lots of rich snotty college kids live in Boston too. Rents are WAY too high here and jobs don't pay much which is why more people are moving out. Boston used to be a cool city 30 years ago to live in but it's been ruined by many factors.

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    Fri Aug 26 2005

    New England accents are the worst, and this city offers further proof that northerners have no conception of manners or civility.

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    Fri Aug 12 2005

    Stupid accents, bad drivers, Red Sox and Patriots. People who think those two teams are any good are proof that Boston is an inebriated city to the extreme.

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    Tue Jul 12 2005

    Th birthplace of freedom is an elegant city of culture and grace. Hated by the far right for its intlellectual capital, history and sheer abundance of quality and reserve, without fake bravado. There is more brainpower here then in perhaps 35 american states. And they have the Red Sox!

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    Wed May 11 2005

    I have so many mixed feelings about Boston. I grew up in Mass and live in Seattle now so I have a native and outsider perspective. I'll start by saying it marches to it's own drumbeat and is like no other city anywhere. I don't think I've seen any other city with so much brick infrastructure (god forbid an earthquake hits the place), nonetheless the architecture is gorgeous. The Back Bay recalls a Parisian atmosphere with chic shops and gracious brownstone living. Beacon Hill has a character that can only be found in Boston with it's colonial village look with redbrick townhouses, black shutters, cobbled streets, and gas lantern streetlights. This may sound biassed but the food here is the best. Italian in the North End, dessert at Mike's pastry, chowda and lobster to boot, not to mention all the international cuisine that comes with the territory in a cosmopolitan city like this. To those of you who knock driving in Boston I'm with you but that gives it another advantage. No other cit... Read more

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    Wed Feb 23 2005

    Boston's an experience... i though it was a good one. (ps. EVERY big city has angry, rude people... deal.)

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    Wed Feb 16 2005

    Lived in Boston for 7 years (1994-2001), I have been to hundreds of America's cities and will tell you right off the bat that Boston is definitely one of the best cities in America. Boston has so much to offer (sights, attractions, shops, etc.) and it is well renown for its restaurants, colleges, sports, history and pretty much everything! You have to see it all in Boston (Newbury Street, Public Gardens, Boston Common, Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall, North End, Cambridge, South End, etc.) The list will go on and on... but I can testify that I love Boston and would live there again in a heartbeat. Yes there are some downsides but you can find them in any major city. Traffic is indeed terrible but there is always the T which is relatively very cheap comparing to NY or other cities. You can't simply pass up Boston when visiting New England due to its proximity to major areas (Cape Cod, NH, Maine, VT, RI, etc.) So many memories has been formed in this city and I wouldn't hesistant to rank... Read more

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    Sun Feb 13 2005

    My least favorite big city. And, I grew up there. It's dirty, full of nasty people, it's terrible for drive in. It has terrible public transportation - which is why so many people are forced to drive. Only nice area - the North End. For a large East Coast city, give me Philly or New York any day.

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    Sun Feb 06 2005

    I only go there to follow my Yankees, Knicks or Jets. Otherwise, I don't bother going elsewhere except for my hotel. ... I heard it's pretty hectic. They say it's a liberal city; but it's a town not very friendly to minorities.

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    Wed Dec 15 2004

    Boston is full on angry rude people. Way to many liberals.The worst drivers known to man. However, they do have some great night life. Otherwise, I avoid Boston at all costs.

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    Mon Dec 13 2004

    Having lived in various areas and cities in this country and abroad, I find Boston the best. Sure, it's not a planned city, but neither is London, Rome, Paris, etc., or NYC below 14th Street. Just buy a map! And, do I detect someone from New Hampshire bashing the Bay State? How's that Old Man Off the Mountain doing!? Mooo wah ha ha!

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    Sat Dec 04 2004

    Boston is one of the great ones. It is one of the oldest cities in North America, and has tons of history, from every single stage in american history. It was important durring the colonial days, the revolution, and the cival war! It is just a great down to earth city, with nice people and great architecture. There is also a lot to do on Beantown. Some areas of Boston are a little strange though and have this whole new age thing about them, which really isn't my taste. One thing i really like about Boston is it's mix between blue and white collar, that makes it a very ideal city. As for the climate, i really don't have a problem with the cold, so i have enjoyed visiting Boston durring all seasons. It is a pretty expensive area though, so i don't think i will ever live there.

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    Fri Nov 26 2004

    Boston is amazing culturally - you can walk the Freedom Trail through downtown and see a tremendous amount of American history. The city itself is very attractive, with some beautiful views across the Charles River. The population is young and vibrant - which makes the near-total lack of a nightlife that much more surprising. It is also impossible to find your way around - even while walking, the street names change about five times every three blocks and suddenly twist around to meet a new street. But culturally and historically, this is a terrific city.

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    Fri Oct 22 2004

    I think Boston would be a pretty cool city to live in. I have never visited (unless you count a 2 hour layover at logan arpt.) But i would some day like to check it out for real. It sound like a party city as well as a city with lots of history and nice people and culture

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    Mon Oct 18 2004

    Was disappointed as I was expecting to see something more 'colonial' or 1776-ish. It is a typical big N. American city but unfortunately with a ghastly mess of modern buildings near the harbour front. Even the famous sights are small and not all that interesting. It could be the weight of their history and importance seems to disappear when a 100-storey corporate bank is placed right next door. However, not far away is Concorde and that was exactly the charm of New England we had been expecting. And Cambridge is a great place to see too.

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    Mon Oct 18 2004

    Beautiful architecture on the buildings and remarkable history, being one of the most historical places in the U.S. There is much to do downtown if you visit, but parking is horrible. The state is beautiful, but I would only want to visit there because there are too many people.

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    Tue Sep 07 2004

    Boston is okay. The scenery of Cape Cod was nice. However, the people here are cold and rude. This one nice Bostonian was actually was that explains his midwest cordiality.

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    Wed Aug 25 2004

    Beautiful architecture on par with any European city. Ignore the goofy tourist books; it is't Colonial Williamsburg, it's a big, modern, urban city. That means it's very crowded, hectic and auto traffic is a nightmare. On the plus side it has a very low crime rate for such a large city, much lower than cities like Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Washington DC, etc. Nightlife and other attractions are first rate. People are typical big city people: abrupt and business like, no different than NY, Chicago, London, Paris, etc., if you can't hack this, you shouldn't live or visit big, busy cities.

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    Wed Aug 25 2004

    Dirty, depressing and inhabited by a lot of rude, cold people.

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    Sat Aug 14 2004

    Perhaps the most interesting and best city in the country to just walk around in. It would seem that the lack of a grid system of streets creates a problem for morons. Maybe they should find simpler places to go.

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    Wed Aug 11 2004

    Very historical, but let's face it, kind of stuffy. (I can say that, I live there!). If you want fun, aim further south to Cape Cod!

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    Mon Aug 02 2004

    Sadly, Boston has gone down hill dramatically since I first lived there in 1979. The small entrepreneur-owned cafes, restaurants, and shops have largely been replaced by national chain stores. Apartment rents continue to climb because students have mommy and daddy pay the exorbitant rents, causing a crunch for permanant residents. Everytime a buinding is sold, it gets refitted as luxury condos or first class office space. Now, I ask you, when was the last time you heard anyone say they wished they could find someplace more expensive to live or locate their office? One of the biggest problems is that these days the roadways are under constant construction, not just for the way over budget Big Dig, but everywhere. Yet the roads still fall apart again after every winter. Perhaps the most significant problems is that the middle class is leaving Massachusetts in droves, and it's noticable in Boston. There's a growing gap between the arrogant, demanding rich and the service industry wage sla... Read more

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    Wed Jul 14 2004

    This is a terrible place, at least as a destination. It should only be visited if seeing the Sox or the Revolution sites, but should otherwise be avoided. It is one of the worst planned cities I've ever seen, with heinous traffic and randomly strewn roads creating a chaotic mess(as opposed to NYC, with organized streets and timed lights created a method to the mayhem) Boston did little to please me, and would please few others as well.

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    Sun Jul 11 2004

    If it wasn't in New England- and didn't have harsh winters- it would be the greatest city in America. Low crime rates, low unemployment, highly intellectual.

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    Fri Jul 09 2004

    I live half hour north of beantown and i thin it is a cool place to hang out. There is a lot of history here, and since it's so multicultural you get a unique vibe from going here. faneiul hall is a great place to grab a bite and shop, and catching a free movie at the hatshell on summer night is really fun. Nothing beats a long relaxing walk in the oublic gardens, as does unwinding on the swan boats on the common. Theres something for everyone in boston. The only downside is that the architecture here is a little lacking, and not very colorful.