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Old 03-15-2018, 10:28 PM
Location: Boston
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Originally Posted by tysmith95 View Post
Cambridge would be a neighborhood of Boston if Brookline did not end the practice of Boston annexing neighboring neighborhoods. Today it acts as a neighborhood of Boston in basically all aspects other then politics. Most of Cambridge is closer and more accessible to downtown compared to many parts of Boston.

If you look at google maps and shut off all of the labels a large part of the dense urban core of the Boston area is not actually part of Boston. By that I mean Cambridge/Somerville/Medford/Malden/Revere/Everett. Even places like Waltham/Watertown/Arlington/Belmont/Quincy/Lynn/Brookline and others have dense neighborhoods that if mapped like other cities would be part of Boston, but aren't because they started as separate entities and Boston never annexed them.

If you look at the area of Boston it's smaller then basically every major city (other then SF). That's why places like El Paso, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Fort Worth, and others are technically larger (population wise) then Boston. But the Boston region is definitively larger and more influential then all of those cities, basically because the city boundary of Boston doesn't include many of the regions city neighborhoods in the urban core.
Yea.... but thats all on purpose. Boston is deliberately and historically much more diverse and poorer than the lionshare of those cities not included. Brookline even then wanted to not be associate with Boston and Robert. In those times it was nativist vs. immigrant and eventually it became Boston being more inner city and more run down than Watertown, and more POC than Somerville, and less progressive than Cambridge. All for reasons. Brookline didn't want to be a part of Boston back then and as a result the politics and demographics are different because that was the intent of the towns leaders and remains so to this day.

Boston had always been more blue collar and less intellectual than Cambridge and maybe even some ther cities for a reason. Yea there is and influx of intellectual type residents, but as you can see they only have a minimal impact on the cities longstanding politics and culture which remain a bit provincial and clannish, al though progress is being made.
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Old 05-23-2018, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mymaitai View Post
Boston an intellectual city??????? Let's say MIT, Harvard - yep, that's it. Other universities/colleges not so great, BU being an exception also. Regular public education - quite a laugh. Maybe that's why most students accepted into MIT and Harvard are NOT from Massachusetts schools!!
What?!?! BU is hardly a top-of-the-line university. Tufts, Brandeis and Wellesley are, though.
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