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Old 08-13-2017, 08:21 AM
 
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Boston is indeed a very expensive place to live. Much of the cost is attributed to the great demand of people WANTING to live here. That in itself seems to contradict the very silly notion that it has relatively little to offer. If that were truly the case, people would not be flocking to Boston in huge numbers as is currently happening.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:58 AM
 
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Boston is indeed a very expensive place to live. Much of the cost is attributed to the great demand of people WANTING to live here. That in itself seems to contradict the very silly notion that it has relatively little to offer. If that were truly the case, people would not be flocking to Boston in huge numbers as is currently happening.
The thing is, a lot of these people who "want" to live in Boston only do so for work reasons. These are people with no particular ties to the area, and once they are there a few years they just as soon up and move to NC or wherever else their careers take them. Of course for every one that leaves, there are one or two to replace them but it's not like Boston is the be all end all for reasons other than career opportunities.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:33 AM
 
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The thing is, a lot of these people who "want" to live in Boston only do so for work reasons. These are people with no particular ties to the area, and once they are there a few years they just as soon up and move to NC or wherever else their careers take them. Of course for every one that leaves, there are one or two to replace them but it's not like Boston is the be all end all for reasons other than career opportunities.
Are you implying Raliegh or Charlotte are as interesting as Boston?
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:55 AM
 
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It's not the be all end all. Where is the be all end all? Saying it has LITTLE to offer shows how little is known about Boston's impact nationally in many areas especially in medicine, biotech, and other technology fields.
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:51 AM
 
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Well, jobs are certainly a factor but the professional folks with families also tend to develop a fondness for New England in the summertime and fall, and maybe even winter. There are world class natural areas around here in addition to cities and a fairly tolerant environment for all. Those who think about moving to NC ... well Charleston, SC and Charlottesville, VA may not be the most appealing weekend getaway locations for all. Not as compared to say Lincoln, NH or the Newport, RI.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:14 PM
 
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With Washington D.C. and New York City you have the 2 most important cities in the the United States with one being the Political centre of power and the other the Financial centre of power of the US. With these 2 important centres of powers and the necessity for political and financial power brokers to travel back and forth between these 2 centres for obvious reasons combined with this part of the Northeast Corridor being the most densely populated section of the USA are those 2 centres gives the D.C. to NYC section of the Corridor a level of notoriety unmatched anywhere in the US. Even though Boston is part of the Corridor its level of importance to New York City would be comparable to a Detroit to Chicago Great Lakes Corridor because very few cities in the world can match the importance of Washington DC.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:25 PM
 
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Boston is to Detroit as Chicago is to NYC. The analogy is off but reasonable because of the massive stature of NYC. However that also doesn't equate that chicago equals NYC which it doesn't nor does it equate that Detroit equal Boston which it doesn't
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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Are you implying Raliegh or Charlotte are as interesting as Boston?
I guess it depends on a person's interest/hobbies and lifestyle. A NCAA or NASCAR fanatic would find Boston very lame in comparison to NC. If you are looking at history and natural features, Boston clearly wins. In that regard, Athens or Rome is more more interesting than either Boston or Charlotte. You couldn't pay me to live in those cities though, my point wasn't from the perspective of a tourist.

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With Washington D.C. and New York City you have the 2 most important cities in the the United States with one being the Political centre of power and the other the Financial centre of power of the US. With these 2 important centres of powers and the necessity for political and financial power brokers to travel back and forth between these 2 centres for obvious reasons combined with this part of the Northeast Corridor being the most densely populated section of the USA are those 2 centres gives the D.C. to NYC section of the Corridor a level of notoriety unmatched anywhere in the US. Even though Boston is part of the Corridor its level of importance to New York City would be comparable to a Detroit to Chicago Great Lakes Corridor because very few cities in the world can match the importance of Washington DC.
No Boston is a major center in education, medical care, finance and high tech/R&D. It might not have as significant a connection as NYC and D.C., but it's a close 2nd. Detroit doesn't even begin to compare.

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Well, jobs are certainly a factor but the professional folks with families also tend to develop a fondness for New England in the summertime and fall, and maybe even winter. There are world class natural areas around here in addition to cities and a fairly tolerant environment for all. Those who think about moving to NC ... well Charleston, SC and Charlottesville, VA may not be the most appealing weekend getaway locations for all. Not as compared to say Lincoln, NH or the Newport, RI.
With the mountains and ocean, NC is no slouch either. Of course NE has things to offer that NC doesn't (and vice versa), but California has things going for it that neither MA nor NC can match. My point wasn't to start a p@#%ing contest between different states, but to note that for MOST people not from the area (I understand this forum is frequented by a "different" sort) don't find Boston to be worth the cost IF they can find similar work elsewhere.

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Old 08-13-2017, 01:32 PM
 
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With Washington D.C. and New York City you have the 2 most important cities in the the United States with one being the Political centre of power and the other the Financial centre of power of the US. With these 2 important centres of powers and the necessity for political and financial power brokers to travel back and forth between these 2 centres for obvious reasons combined with this part of the Northeast Corridor being the most densely populated section of the USA are those 2 centres gives the D.C. to NYC section of the Corridor a level of notoriety unmatched anywhere in the US. Even though Boston is part of the Corridor its level of importance to New York City would be comparable to a Detroit to Chicago Great Lakes Corridor because very few cities in the world can match the importance of Washington DC.
Yes well, one must look at this at more than one angle. Washington is the seat of political power but Boston like the bay region is a major seat of tech innovation and intellectual discourse in your United States, and dare I say: the planet. It's unavoidable. It's as big a piece of the Corridor puzzle as the other biggies.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:51 PM
 
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Boston is to Detroit as Chicago is to NYC. The analogy is off but reasonable because of the massive stature of NYC. However that also doesn't equate that chicago equals NYC which it doesn't nor does it equate that Detroit equal Boston which it doesn't
But nobody says Detroit and Chicago are part of some Great Lakes megapolis (except a few crazy people).

I really don't see the connection between Boston and NY being anything special compared to cities in a 200-300 mile distance from each other. like I have friends from the Midwest who frequently travel 200+ miles to Chicago far more often than anyone I know (admittedly most in the Merrimack Valley) goes to New York. Boston has almost nothing to do with Baltimore or Washington.
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