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Old 10-27-2019, 07:20 PM
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I think the vast majority of Cambridge residents would not care weather or not they became Boston. It just seems like its overdue at this point, disregarding that it is completely normal for cities in New England to operate independently in close proximity to eachother.

Obviously Brookline would probably even today be a lost cause trying to get them to join Boston. Fighting annexation is probably Brooklines biggest legacy, after the Kennedys. Maybe Boston should start by consolidating Suffolk County. It's such a small county anyway. The vast majority of the county's population is in Boston.
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Old 10-27-2019, 09:47 PM
 
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Why stop there. Maybe Boston could also annex the Cambridge in Vermont, Cambridge in Maine, Cambridge in New York, Cambridge in New Jersey and the Cambridge in England, etc.

Sounds like a real winner on my Smart-O-Meter.
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Old 10-28-2019, 06:48 AM
 
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I think the vast majority of Cambridge residents would not care weather or not they became Boston.
Premise is wrong. A small minority would not care. The vast majority would say No, thanks! If annexation could be done without the consent of the voters and without consequences at the ballot box for legislators, metro Boston would already be a reality. But the New England states are more democratic than most and so no "Big Boston." Be thankful Boston was able to enlarge itself beyond the Shawmut peninsula when the annexation climate was more favorable; otherwise it really would be an oddly tiny central city.

I'd say the Kennedys are Boston's legacy. Joe grew up in the North End. Honey Fitz was mayor and his daughter Rose grew up on Welles Avenue in Ashmont. Jack won his seat in Congress from Charlestown in the old 11th congressional district. Joe and Rose lived briefly in Brookline when Jack was born. That's about it for Brookline and the Kennedys. It used to be known as the "world's largest town" because it remained a town after becoming so urbanized, but no one says that any more.
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Old 10-28-2019, 06:55 AM
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I think the vast majority of Cambridge residents would not care weather or not they became Boston. It just seems like its overdue at this point, disregarding that it is completely normal for cities in New England to operate independently in close proximity to eachother.

Obviously Brookline would probably even today be a lost cause trying to get them to join Boston. Fighting annexation is probably Brooklines biggest legacy, after the Kennedys. Maybe Boston should start by consolidating Suffolk County. It's such a small county anyway. The vast majority of the county's population is in Boston.
They would hate that.
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:19 AM
 
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I think the vast majority of Cambridge residents would not care weather or not they became Boston. It just seems like its overdue at this point, disregarding that it is completely normal for cities in New England to operate independently in close proximity to eachother.
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:59 AM
 
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Never mind Cambridge or Brookline, I wonder if even Chelsea residents would go for that???
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Old 10-28-2019, 09:11 AM
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Why stop there. Maybe Boston could also annex the Cambridge in Vermont, Cambridge in Maine, Cambridge in New York, Cambridge in New Jersey and the Cambridge in England, etc.

Sounds like a real winner on my Smart-O-Meter.
Dont Forget Cambridge in Maryland-they want in on the fun.

I think OP isnt from MA if i can recall-i dont think they get how deep the distinction is and why it is like that.
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:15 AM
 
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What’s in it for Cambridge?
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Old 10-28-2019, 12:39 PM
 
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I can't imagine a more unpopular proposal.
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Old 10-28-2019, 01:00 PM
 
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I can't imagine a more unpopular proposal.
Maybe suggesting that Boston should become part of Cambridge?
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