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Old 11-05-2015, 10:56 AM
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Feel free to include as many choices as you like, and please bolster your opinion with some details/specifics! Thank you!

Carlisle
Concord
Lexington
Lincoln
Sudbury
Wayland
Weston
Newton
Needham
Wellesley
Sherborn
Dover
Westwood
Milton
Brookline
Cambridge
Belmont
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:00 AM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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I wouldn't consider Cambridge or Brookline suburbs. On the fence about Milton, but I don't know it well.

The rest are suburbs.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Definition of SUBURB

a : an outlying part of a city or town
b : a smaller community adjacent to or within commuting distance of a city
c : the residential area on the outskirts of a city or large town

By the above definition, if you commute to Boston then you live in a suburb of Boston thus all the towns listed could be called suburbs.

If one did not live in the area and they were asked where are you from, the typical reply would be Boston.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:47 AM
 
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Carlisle, IMO is the most unique town in MA, I doubt there is a place that close to any major city that feels so rural.
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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What do you mean by autonomous?
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:11 PM
 
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The concept of the typical suburb is meaningless in greater Boston, which was built out before the concept of the suburb existed. None of these places is so dependent upon Boston for an identity that it would disappear if Boston were to disappear. They all have their own "ness." I would say that the more rural ones (Carlisle, Dover, Sherborn, Lincoln) that lack a decent town center have the least cultural identity. I would say Needham, Belmont and Milton could be Boston's idea of a suburb. While Cambridge, Lexington, Newton, Concord, Wellesley are cities in their own right. The weird metrowest like Wayland, Weston, Sudbury are something that doesnt exist most places and I have a hard time describing them for people, subrural?
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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The concept of the typical suburb is meaningless in greater Boston, which was built out before the concept of the suburb existed. None of these places is so dependent upon Boston for an identity that it would disappear if Boston were to disappear. They all have their own "ness." I would say that the more rural ones (Carlisle, Dover, Sherborn, Lincoln) that lack a decent town center have the least cultural identity. I would say Needham, Belmont and Milton could be Boston's idea of a suburb. While Cambridge, Lexington, Newton, Concord, Wellesley are cities in their own right. The weird metrowest like Wayland, Weston, Sudbury are something that doesnt exist most places and I have a hard time describing them for people, subrural?
I think subural sounds better.
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Old 11-05-2015, 04:05 PM
 
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The concept of the typical suburb is meaningless in greater Boston, which was built out before the concept of the suburb existed. None of these places is so dependent upon Boston for an identity that it would disappear if Boston were to disappear. They all have their own "ness." I would say that the more rural ones (Carlisle, Dover, Sherborn, Lincoln) that lack a decent town center have the least cultural identity. I would say Needham, Belmont and Milton could be Boston's idea of a suburb. While Cambridge, Lexington, Newton, Concord, Wellesley are cities in their own right. The weird metrowest like Wayland, Weston, Sudbury are something that doesnt exist most places and I have a hard time describing them for people, subrural?
I wouldn't bother separating Carlisle, Dover, Sherborn, Lincoln from Wayland, Weston, Sudbury. Sure the latter group has smaller lots ("only" 1-2 acre lots vs the 2-4 acre lots you find in the first group), but I just consider them all semi-rural suburbs. They are all commutable to Boston while having multiple working farms.
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Old 11-05-2015, 04:31 PM
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What do you mean by autonomous?
That it stand on its own either/both in terms of function and identity.
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:43 AM
 
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That it stand on its own either/both in terms of function and identity.

I'm really not sure what you are trying to tease out with this post.

As others have suggested, you've chosen an odd mix of towns/cities to compare. Many are purely commuter towns (i.e., Carlisle, Dover, Lincoln) containing little to no industry, while others run the gamut from suburban towns with strong commercial/industry (i.e., Lexington) to Cambridge ... a city of a 100k+ people containing both highly regarded educational institutions and a booming pharma industry.
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