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Old 06-20-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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In your opinion, what is the best neighborhood in Boston for young families, and why?
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:25 AM
 
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JP.

no 'whys' right now. maybe later
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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'09, you're probably meaning Greater Boston and not the city of B. Aren't you the one who's been looking for a place for Goldwater-Reagan-Cheney types? JP isn't the place, but as others have said, there are plenty of conservatives all over; just not in Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, Northampton-Amherst, and a few other lefty bastions. If you want proof, just read some of the vitriolic opinion pieces in the Boston Herald--someone must be buying that paper! As for young families, the Boston area is great in general--good public education, recreation programs, parks, lots to do.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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'09, you're probably meaning Greater Boston and not the city of B. Aren't you the one who's been looking for a place for Goldwater-Reagan-Cheney types? JP isn't the place, but as others have said, there are plenty of conservatives all over; just not in Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, Northampton-Amherst, and a few other lefty bastions. If you want proof, just read some of the vitriolic opinion pieces in the Boston Herald--someone must be buying that paper! As for young families, the Boston area is great in general--good public education, recreation programs, parks, lots to do.
Actually, in the above post I was referencing Boston proper. I never mentioned those three names (and actually, as a conservative I don't find Cheney particularly appealing), but yes, I am looking for suggesstions from people on neighborhoods in Boston where a person/family with conservative values would feel comfortable. Not sure what you mean by "vitriolic opinion pieces" in the Herald, but I don't often read their opinion pages, nor the Globe's. Anyway, I'm really not trying to inject politics into anything or get nasty or anything like that, other than I'm just trying to gather some good information before I head back down to this area. If you've got any insights to share on that front, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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Maybe Dorchester or South Boston would be a good fit for you.
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Old 06-25-2009, 05:15 PM
 
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As someone who's father grew up in Boston, let me just say that the city is no place to raise a family. The schools are terrible, housing is very expensive, and crime is on the rise. You'd be better off in Newton or Quincy.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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Gosh, I'm not sure why politics even fit into the mix. I only discuss politics with my close friends or people who bait me. It doesn't exactly come up on the playground or grocery store; and if it does, I can always smile and nod politely.

I'm not sure what a "moderate" would look for in a neighborhood that I wouldn't. I would personally assume it'd be the same things--a safe, friendly place to raise a family--that I'd want.

My top young family neighborhood choices would be Cambridge, Brookline, Belmont, Winchester, Newton, and Arlington. J.P. if you're using private schools. All of those towns provide something a bit different, though; some are suburban, some urban, some tread the line between the 2. I personally love the sense of community in Cambridge and Brookline.
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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Living in the Boston city limits with a family wouldn't be my top choice, but I'd probably pick parts of JP or more likely, West Roxbury, because they are more residential areas with a greater number of single family homes.

If the point was to live with a family but in more of an urban atmosphere, I'd probably live in a condo in Brookline near Coolidge Corner or Brookline Village. Fantastic schools, very family friendly, proximity to the T and the ability to walk to almost every convenience and amenity. It's a stone's throw away from the Boston city line and if you don't know the area and aren't paying attention to the signs, you may not even realize that you're no longer in the city.
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