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Old 06-10-2008, 07:58 PM
Location: Concrete Jungle
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I agree that you should visit Boston first with your family and make sure that it is a move that the entire family is comfortable making. A former member from LA named "Puffy" moved to Boston and last I heard from her, she loves it there. It was the right move for her and her family, so it could be a good move for you too. You might want to try to find her on the Boston forum and send a direct message to her to get her thoughts on the move.

I' grew up in the Northeast and I really miss having four seasons, so for me, I would grab this offer and be thankful for it, but I have family there, and that makes a big difference, especially when you have aging parents, etc.

Congratulations on the great job offer.
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:20 PM
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I think moving and traveling is very important.

So..I say yes.

I moved mine around and I think it broadened their outlooks. LA can get a little *inbred.*
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:00 AM
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You can leave. But you'll be back. There's no place like L.A. anywhere in the world. I've looked.
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Sassberto View Post
- Your housing dollar should go farther in Boston and in general you will have access to better schools
- Boston is a charming city in a charming region with endless things to see and do. NYC, DC, Newport, the cape, the whole eastern seaboard is there
- Better transportation, commute options available
- people are better educated and generally more 'connected' with the rest of the world
- Boston is a much smaller city than LA (may be a con)

- New Englanders and northeasterners are often cold, racist, and grumpy
- New England winters are no joke and summers are surprisingly nasty too.
- You will pay more taxes, upkeep, heating and cooling costs.
- You may feel isolated because you're "not from here"

120k isn't exactly the big bucks but you should be able to do well in Boston, personally I would say that unless relocation is paid for, they'd have to make a really sweet deal to get me to drop my life and move halfway across the country.
I agree with the cons, which is why I'm never leaving the far West.
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:27 PM
Location: Hanover, MD
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I've been in Cambridge going to school for soon-to-be four years, was raised in Connecticut and - though my family relocated to Washington D.C. eight years ago - will always be a New Englander at heart. Though I'm going to be ditching Boston for Los Angeles this summer, I can certainly make a pitch for Boston (and New England in general) ... at least from a cultural standpoint.

Boston is as vibrant a city as any major city in the US. If you're into art, there's a great theater district, an exhaustive list of museums and a great independent film scene (to supplement Boston Commons' huge multiplex). The Kendall/MIT area isn't just a bio-tech breeding ground ... there's vibrant nightlife over here in Cambridge, in Allston and all the surrounding areas if you don't want to get bogged down in Boston. Harvard - from Central to Porter - has tons happening on a daily basis, including street fairs in the spring and fall that shut down the street and bring everybody out to enjoy the balmy weather before winter arrives (or to celebrate its departure).

If you're into sports, this is a great place to be (no matter what team you support). Obviously Red-Sox culture is alive and thriving, but I've had tons of fun at Fenway supporting the Yankees ... and basically anybody that I think will come in and beat down the Sox. People are rabid about the Celtics (I'll admit, I've been swept up into that), and I think hockey is a big deal here too. There's also tons of interest in college sports here, and tickets to those games are easier to score.

Re: the seasons ... whatever. I don't think there's an inherent negative to living (or raising kids) in a place that isn't summer all the time. I'm moving to LA, so obviously I'm into the idea ... but it was nice to grow up and actually have a snow day, build a snow man, or be pulled on a sled down the street. Autumn is gorgeous, spring is beginning to emerge here and the summer is as hot and sticky as it is anywhere else on the East Coast.

I'd like to disagree (respectfully) with the charge that people in Boston (and New England in general) are grumpy/rude/racist in general. It's about as accurate ... or maybe relevant as saying that everybody in LA is racist. There are morons everywhere. If you go into South Boston or some of the lower income areas, you'll find a higher incident of ignorance. But that's not unique to this city. The greater Boston area is liberal, diverse and well-educated.

You said if this opportunity came up in LA, you'd definitely take it. I (from my limited standpoint) say that good opportunities these days are scarce, so buy a couple coats and come on over.
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