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Old 01-13-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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Like who's the best team in the NFL right now, it's arguable, but the Patriots are certainly among the top teams. Similarly, I don't think this is something that can be easily determined, but with two world-class universities (as well as other very good ones), hoards of companies here that rely on highly educated employees, and a top-ranked state public education system, Boston/Cambridge metro and MA as a state, are certainly among the tops.
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:04 PM
 
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the difference between being smart and being intelligent is that smart people use their intelligence.
Smart people use intelligent people.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:07 AM
 
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I've visited Washington D.C., Boston, and New York over the last three years.

I think Boston takes the cake for most intellectual city, followed by D.C. and New York. I know Philadelphia deserves to be mentioned, but I haven't been there yet; I'm focusing only on the cities I've visited.

Some people have told me they find New York to be as intellectually stimulating as Boston, if not more. I disagree.

Boston doesn't really have a Statue of Liberty, Times Square, or other hotspot that people are willing to go there in droves to see.

If you're going to Boston, chances are you're traveling there to learn something -- and I did plenty of that on the Freedom Trail and in neighboring Cambridge and Charlestown.

I can see how Boston holds little appeal for many people who aren't history lovers like I am. Hardly any of my co-workers/relatives have been there, but most have visited NYC.

I loved D.C. almost as much as I did Boston. I would visit both again in the future, but I can't say the same for the Big Apple.

I'm not saying New York has nothing to offer in the way of history. I lost count of the many historic places we visited there, including Fraunces Tavern, a slew of museums, and The Grange.

Still, for whatever reason, I left Boston feeling as though I learned more there.

Do you feel that Boston values and promotes education more than any other city in the U.S. does? If not, who beats it?
LMBO....in a word NO. Boston is the rudest and most racist elitist city in the country. If I had to guess I would say Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, or San Fran.
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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I just quickly browsed after having read these responses over time, just to make sure that Seattle wasn't omitted.

It seems to be

Doesn't "The Emerald City" often top most lists of most well-read or bookish cities? Doesn't that count partly as intellectualism?

Maybe because there are no Ivy League institutions in that area has people out east forgetting about them. Seattle now boasts of professionals from around the world living and working there, in world-class companies, especially in the past 10-20 years. Perhaps in the 60s and 70s, Seattle couldn't boast of this whereas Boston, in general, always seemed intellectual to many -- but Seattle has rapidly closed the gap, and maybe exceeded Boston in some facets?

Some could argue that it's not Seattle natives who make the city intellectual, but all of the transplants from around the world (yes, as some poster earlier seemed to suggest about Boston).
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Old 01-20-2018, 07:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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This feels like a reach.

The Boston area has 7 universities ranked in the top forty nation-wide by US News and the World Report, who controversy aside, seem to be the standard bearer for this type of thing.

Harvard, 2
MIT, 7
Tufts, 27
BC, 31
Brandeis, 34
BU, 39
Northeastern, 39

That's an absurd collection of schools, the best in the world, and anomaly for a city Boston's size.
...especially since only the bottom two are actually IN Boston.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:29 AM
 
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...especially since only the bottom two are actually IN Boston.
Not true ... Large portions of Harvard, including the Business School, Medical School and School of Public Health, are in Boston, not Cambridge. BC also has some of its campus in Boston.

Of course, none of this says anything about intellectualism. Let's just say that Boston is on the low end of anti-intellectualism in an incredibly anti-intellectual country.

MAGA y'all
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:06 AM
 
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...especially since only the bottom two are actually IN Boston.
Cambridge is basically inner Boston.
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:41 PM
 
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Cambridge is basically inner Boston.
Cambridge is basically Cambridge.
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Old 02-26-2018, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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Boston is basically Cambridge on steroids.
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Old 02-26-2018, 10:23 PM
 
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Basically is Boston Cambridge
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