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Old 02-19-2009, 03:13 PM
 
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There's the stereotype that no one in Mass. knows where anything is, not even the locals. It's complicated by the plethora of one-way streets. And it's not true that the roads were based on cowpaths. The roads were formed the same way the roads in the older lower section of Manhattan were formed. The area was comprised of discrete settlements separated by town squares, farmland, and estates. Roads were built around them, and back then a "road" was wherever a horse carriage could pass through.

There's the other stereotype that Bostonians have a huge inferiority complex to NYC. Which is just baffling, because I hardly see or hear it in everyday life. I think only NYC people think that, because they assume Boston ought to have one and because they spend a lot of time thinking about NYC themselves. I'm trying to find ways that Boston exhibits this inferiority complex. The two cities have been neighbors for over 300 years now. Boston would have built itself/modeled itself after NYC... and in 300 years, it hasn't. It's stayed Boston. Some parts haven't changed since like, 1763.

We just want to beat New York in sports. Really, really want to beat them. That's all. That stereotype is true and that complex exists. It causes bloodshed in isolated incidents, so don't get into any fights. And NYC is good for a weekend trip. No one cares a whole lot about New York other than that.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:58 PM
 
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So I was speaking with a Texan buddy of mine who had gone to school up here. During the conversation he said to me "your such a new englander." Now usually I don't mind and even like the fact that I am from the best region of the US, but it got me thinking of the stereotypes (some which I am a part of):

- Snooty/Standoffish
- Well off (Banking, Publishing, Law)
- Elite Schools (Ivy League)
- Clever

At least these are the stereotypes that came up in our discussion. I had a few of my own for Texans but I am not going to mention them

So, please add your own!
- Basically cold
- Secretive
- Unemotional (and HATE emotions in public; it's the only place in the U.S. I've cried a few times in public and NO ONE walked up to me and asked if I was o.k.)
- Humorless

Altogether not my cup of tea. Waiting for the spring to move on...
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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LOL this is almost a frightening thread to read! I am from Alaska and have been considering moving to Boston North Shore for a grand adventure and CHANGE. I have been reading the Massachusetts threads to glean information that will help me with my move. I am a bit hesitant to go someplace so Liberal and have even posted to a few other threads on that topic.

I have traveled quite a bit and lived other places but Alaska has been *home* for most of my life. I came to this site to find the real scoop on the Boston area, and not rely on our local point of view on people who live *Outside* in *the lower 48* out in *America*. Alaskans consider themselves to be not like the rest of the country and this does tend to be a truism, even in how those in other countries treat us. I have international travelers advising to NEVER present myself as an American when outside of the USA. Alaskans they say, are treated much better for even those in the middle east consider Alaskans to be *different* than the rest of the US.

The local mindset here is that everyone from *the east coast* is rude and obnoxious. People from Texas are too impressed with the size of their *GREAT State* the local joke is we should cut Alaska in half and make Texas the THIRD largest state..."just to **** them off"

Now I read this thread and think...OMG!!! is it really THAT true?
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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(Sure this has been said before)
We're all white, snobby and rich!
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:04 AM
 
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NE Stereotypes:

Not "fashion forward"
Can fix anything
Loves a boiled turnip
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:42 AM
 
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An addition--

the character Clark Rockefeller impersonated
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The local mindset here is that everyone from *the east coast* is rude and obnoxious. ...
Now I read this thread and think...OMG!!! is it really THAT true?
You could probably not achieve a bigger change in attitude and mindset than to move from Alaska to Boston. It depends on the individual, but I am pretty sure that many Alaskans would conclude that people from the east coast megalopolis (DC to Boston) are rude and obnoxious.

Part of it is because of high population densities; the rest is probably culture.
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Old 02-21-2009, 11:27 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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- Unemotional (and HATE emotions in public; it's the only place in the U.S. I've cried a few times in public and NO ONE walked up to me and asked if I was o.k.)
Wow! If I was you I would be sooooo embarrassed. LOL
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:40 AM
 
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I was visiting New England over the holidays. My friends warned me that New Englanders weren't friendly, but I found that to be just the opposite. We visited MA, NY, and CT, and I found that people were pretty much kind and polite in all three states. It's in California that we have rude, obnoxious, and ostentatious folks.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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NE Stereotypes:

Not "fashion forward"
Can fix anything
Loves a boiled turnip
This seriously made me laugh out loud. If only my husband was a New Englander I would have it easy. Nothing broken and an easy to fix dinner.
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