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Old 03-07-2017, 06:03 PM
 
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Hey all,
I may be moving up your way in the not too distant future for an employment opportunity and wanted to get some thoughts on whether or not you think I'll like the scene. A little bit about me:
- Single male in late 30s
- I've lived in the NE my entire life - Philadelphia to be exact, and enjoy the NE lifestyle
- Definitely prefer urban to suburban
- Like going out to eat/pubs, etc..
- Very athletic and active - both gyms and outdoor activities
- Would likely rent for at least a year to get a feel for the area

So, I know this is a bit generic, but any thoughts on how I might enjoy, or not, Boston? Also, any neighborhood suggestions? I would potentially be working in Waltham/Cambridge area...

Thanks!
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Well I don't know if you'll like it or not. If you liked Philly I guess you'll probably like boston, but it is decidedly less fun thanPhilly. But we still have gyms and bars.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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Well I don't know if you'll like it or not. If you liked Philly I guess you'll probably like boston, but it is decidedly less fun thanPhilly. But we still have gyms and bars.
It's also decidedly less angry than Philly. Also, fewer cheesesteaks.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:49 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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Boston > Philadelphia
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Will the sticker shock shock you vs. Philly rental prices...or you're already aware?
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Old 03-08-2017, 05:53 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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It's better and nicer than Philadelphia. (Although also more expensive.)

I think you'll like it.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:43 AM
 
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You'll like it. Boston is smaller than Philly, but I find it more enjoyable, Philly always seemed weird when I spent time there with people I went to school with that live there, really large but not much going on. So if you like Philly, you'll definitely like Boston. It is more expensive.
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Old 03-08-2017, 07:25 AM
 
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I agree with Chicago Liz. It's better and nice and more expensive. Philly is even more of a hometown town than Boston. I think I just made up that designation, but what I mean is that it seems like most adults who live in Philly grew up there or nearby.
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Old 03-08-2017, 08:20 AM
 
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Less gritty than Philly, which you may like or not. Way fewer dive bars. Less crime. Better public transportation.


Definitely more expensive.
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Old 03-08-2017, 11:21 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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it seems like most adults who live in Philly grew up there or nearby.
I found that, too, although where we lived for a majority of the time, we were in a far out suburb, so I thought that accounted for a large portion of that phenomenon. On our particular street, there were about 50 homes. There was one other family besides us that was not born and bred PA. There were one or two who came over from Pittsburgh, but everyone else had grown up in or around Philly and pretty much been there for their entire lives.

Although, in thinking about it, even people who did live in the city or closer to it seemed to have extensive Philadelphia ties. I've noticed that in the area where I live now, about 70% of the people moved here at some point from somewhere else, or might have grown up in the area but lived somewhere else for a significant period of time - like 20 years. The remaining 30% grew up in this particular part of town, and went to the elementary school that their kids attend, and their mother went to the elementary school the grandchildren attend. It's an interesting difference.

I've known plenty of people who grew up in the Boston area and rarely left New England for any extended period of time. But it seems like they are outnumbered by transplants. Whereas I met very few transplants in Philadelphia when I lived there.

When I lived here the first time, I didn't love Boston because it was not as good as Chicago. Now I am loving it, because I lived for so long in Philadelphia. I think Philadelphia is a perfectly fine place, but it doesn't have quite as much to offer as many other cities. That said, the COL is surprisingly low, and with the proximity to NYC and DC, it is, in my opinion, the best value on the east coast.
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