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View Poll Results: BosWash or NYC-Wash
BosWash 25 86.21%
NYC-Wash 4 13.79%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-23-2017, 04:26 PM
 
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BosWash is the common term you hear used to describe the Northeast corridor but sometimes I feel the stretch from NYC to DC is a more concise, continuous pattern and deserves to also be discussed separately. Boston definitely is connected to a degree but is also somewhat isolated. For instance, it maintains alpha status in its region whereas Philadelphia and Baltimore cannot due to their respective neighbors. As a side note, Elon Musk's theoretical Hyperloop would not include Boston at outset but rather run NYC to DC with stops in Philly and Baltimore. NYC to DC is not much farther than NYC to Boston yet contains NYC, Philly, Baltimore, and DC. NYC to Boston does have New Haven, Hartford, and Providence in between, but no Tier 1 or 2 cities (Providence is likely a Tier 3 at best). I think both are good ways to describe the overall connectivity of the Northeast but which do you think works better usually? Like is it more impressive to say DC, Baltimore, Philly, and NYC, are all within a 4 hour drive straight line or that DC, Baltimore, Philly, NYC, and Boston (and Providence if you want) are all within a 7 hour drive straight line? That's sort of my drift if you can catch it. Hope for a good discussion!
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:58 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I think BosWash even though Boston is more disconnected. A few reasons aside from having the Northeast Corridor rail services is that the closest major city to Boston is NYC which is massive and several moderate metros along the way on the corridor (Bridgeport, New Haven, and Providence) and off (Hartford, Springfield, and Worcester).
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Old 09-24-2017, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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Even though there is no large city to connect Boston to NY, there still are at least 6 million people in between, most consolidated along 95. Anyone that drives it will see. It's mostly urban and built up, except maybe a mile or two when you enter RI. Of course there is a connection. People here pass between them often. I'm in Rhode Island, and I see more NY and NJ plates than CT.
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Old 09-27-2017, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Boston
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TONS OF RI NH plates in Boston with a good many CT and NY plates and a healthy number of NJ plates.

VA MD are rarer but somehow more common than PA and DE
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