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View Poll Results: Which feels larger-metro Boston (urban/MSA/CSA) or metro DC (urban/MSA/CSA)?
metro Boston 25 37.88%
metro DC 41 62.12%
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:50 PM
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Where do you think the other 5.4 of the 6 million metro area residents not living in DC proper reside then? Occupying camps in the woods?

DC's commuter rail extends to and beyond Fredericksburg Va, and to Harpers Ferry, WV. Of course MARC runs from DC northward and extends beyond Baltimore. Commuter rail in Boston may be more used but let's not act like DC is in some catch up phase. Metro was specifically created to make up for this hence why it reaches deeper into the suburbs than any other system in the country.
Thanks for proving my point perfectly.

Compare a map of MARC and VRE against the MBTA and get back to me. Combined with the T in Boston's core, Metro does NOT make up the difference in coverage and connectivity. No matter how you spin it, D.C style.

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Old 05-13-2015, 11:13 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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Thanks for proving my point perfectly.

Compare a map of MARC and VRA against the MBTA and get back to me. Combined with the T in Boston's core, Metro does NOT make up the difference in coverage and connectivity. No matter how you spin it, D.C style.
A few problems with where your going here, are you saying that Boston's ridership numbers are supposed to be ahead of DC's when combining commuter rail with either Metro or MBTA? Because it's not. Also your commuter rail is including riders in and around Providence which would be no different than adding Baltimore ridership numbers on this end.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:16 AM
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A few problems with where your going here, are you saying that Boston's ridership numbers are supposed to be ahead of DC's when combining commuter rail with either Metro or MBTA? Because it's not. Also your commuter rail is including riders in and around Providence which would be no different than adding Baltimore ridership numbers on this end.
What part of coverage and connectivity do you not understand?
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:28 AM
 
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Bostonians doesn't compare about its place in the world because it doesn't think of the world beyond itself, or at least outside of New England. DC is the exact opposite.
Boston's definitely got a provincial aspect to it. More so than most major cities in my opinion (though I think the Bay Area is pretty provincial in a lot of ways). However, I don't think that what you're saying here is entirely true. I don't think Bostonians lack perspective or don't care about anything beyond New England. Some may. Maybe even a higher percentage than in most other metros. I do think Bostonians are, for the most part, comfortable in their own skin. It's one of the things I love most about being here. People don't get too butthurt when a list of best cities for _______ and Boston is ranked low or not ranked.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:52 AM
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Boston's definitely got a provincial aspect to it. More so than most major cities in my opinion (though I think the Bay Area is pretty provincial in a lot of ways). However, I don't think that what you're saying here is entirely true. I don't think Bostonians lack perspective or don't care about anything beyond New England. Some may. Maybe even a higher percentage than in most other metros. I do think Bostonians are, for the most part, comfortable in their own skin. It's one of the things I love most about being here. People don't get too butthurt when a list of best cities for _______ and Boston is ranked low or not ranked.
I was exaggerating. I don't think its provincialism is a bad thing. In moderation, its positives are as you described and it makes it feel like it has more of a local identity and more rooted.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:41 AM
 
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I was exaggerating. I don't think its provincialism is a bad thing. In moderation, its positives are as you described and it makes it feel like it has more of a local identity and more rooted.
Haha ok, I was a little surprised to see that coming from you. I agree completely.
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