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Old 05-22-2015, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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I'm not old enough to remember Scollay Square, but there was plenty to do in the 70's. Downtown crossing was much better then. You could actually spend a whole day shopping there.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:28 AM
 
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To the original post, I do think it's very common for people in residential neighborhoods to never venture far from the nest. It doesn't matter whether its a Boston neighborhood or a Cambridge neighborhood or a suburb-- some people live a parochial life. Boston itself (not counting all the annexed districts) is a hub for the whole region. You're no more likely to make regular use of the city for living in Hyde park or West Roxbury than if you live in Arlington or Lynn or Milton. Some people like going downtown a lot; others don't. However, there are more choices now than there were years ago-- lots of other places to go, easier shopping in the suburbs, and so on. Also, years ago the central area was a relatively safe space to be yourself or to step outside of the conventional practices and prejudices. A white girl with her black boyfriend could hang out on Boston Common in the '70s without harassment but not on West Broadway or in Codman Square. Nowadays people have much more freedom to be themselves without fear of assault wherever they are.
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