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Old 12-01-2013, 06:00 PM
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JP, south End.
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Urban Peasant View Post
I don't know whether you're trying to bash the Back Bay Neighborhood with this post or simply trying to tell the OP to simply look elsewhere. Either way, I would not want to put down a neighborhood with a Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a Neiman Marcus, a Barneys of New York, and a Saks Fifth Avenue all within walking distance of each other even if I could never afford to live there. Back Bay remains the most prestigious neighborhood of Boston and until the Seaport is fully built, the most popular as well.
I work in Back Bay, and dread the nights when I work late thanks to all of the fratboy nonsense that happens at about half of the Boylston Street bars, every Thursday through Saturday.

I grew up a few blocks outside of Union Square in Allston (which is a longtime student ghetto), and worked in nightclubs for ten years, so it's not like I am thin-skinned about this sort of thing.

I'm frankly amazed that Back Bay's many reputable businesses and many wealthy, older residents put up with this to the degree that they do.

As you pointed out there are plenty of amenities in Back Bay, and I'd add it has some of Boston's best architecture as well.

But the quality of life there is lower than in other rich neighborhoods (Beacon Hill, South End) thanks in large part to the keg party vibe that is tolerated on its main drag for 3/7 of the week.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:19 PM
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I would say the South End is the closest thing to SoHo in Boston. I used to live right by SoHo btw and although I think the South End may be the closest fit for you, don't expect it to be a exact mini-replica of SoHo. Boston, for the most part, is not as trendy and fashionable as NYC. But I still think you will find a number of boutiques, indie theatres/art galleries and hipster restaurants that should meet your needs. Just don't expect the scale of the area and its vibe to be close to SoHo.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:30 PM
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For a foodie who wants something of a NY feeling (though I'd say more like Columbus Avenue than Soho), I'd suggest the South End (not South Boston). There are more interesting restaurants there than in any of the Cambridge neighborhoods, though she could do well there.

Where is she going to work? I personally can't stand commuting and give a lot of weight to a very short commute (mine is currently 6 minutes).
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:41 PM
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I wanted to come back and say thanks for everyone's thoughtful responses. My friend just signed a lease on her new place. She said that she will be relatively near Copley / just a block or two south of Columbus Ave in the South End. Although she really liked the modern apartments over in the waterfront/canal/innovation area, she ultimately decided the South End was more convenient for someone new to the city.
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