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Old 05-03-2011, 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by ktfhag View Post
Ogre: so if I live in the right area in Waltham, I can bypass going through Porter Sq altogether?
I'm not quite sure what you're asking here. I think maybe you're asking whether you would avoid using or passing through the train station at Porter Sq. if you lived in Waltham. If that's what you're asking, the answer is yes. Waltham is west of Porter Sq., and Concord is even farther west, so in Waltham you're already on the Concord side of Porter Sq.

Again, though, keep in mind that downtown Waltham, while it does have its restaurant scene, a population of young professionals, and an artsy movie theater, is a small area surrounded by suburbia. It might not be the best first choice if you want the city all around you in every direction.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:26 AM
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thx ogre. That's exactly what I meant. So besides Waltham, is there somewhere else that I could look at even farther west?
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:55 PM
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There's not a lot of what you're looking for west of Waltham. Beginning with the next town west of Waltham you start to get into leafy suburbia. The only place between Waltham and Concord that might even be vaguely like the city kind of place you're looking for is Maynard. Maynard is a small town, but more densely populated than the semi-rural towns all around it, and it's got a little bit more going on downtown than other towns in that vicinity. Maynard is still a small town, though, and really is not like a city.

Maynard also does not have commuter rail. You'd have quite a long walk to the train station in South Acton to catch the commuter train to W. Concord. I think that Waltham is really about as far west as you can get along that rail line, and still have convenient access to the train as well as anything sort of resembling city nightlife.
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