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Boston gets a bad reputation
Russell.....it was a drunk guy in North Carolina apparently he was a reenactor, he disliked my Red Sox and asked me if I was from up North. When I told him yes he proceeded to tell me that his "great-great granddaddy used to kill Yankees like me". Being the smart-ass that I am I told him "probably not like me Slackjaw." Then he started to rant and rave and his buddies took him away and said this isn't the first time he's done something like this. Swear to God true story it was just so weird.
FRANK YOUR LOGIC THAT IT HAS A DRUG PROBLEM BECAUSE ITS A LIBERAL CITY IS FOOLISH. THE BIBLE BELT IS ALSO THE METH BELT AND THAT AREA IS NOT LIBERAL AT ALL. SOUTHERN CITIES HAVE DRUG PROBLEMS TOO, AMONGST OTHER PROBLEMS LIKE LOW WAGES, UNEDUCATED UNSKILLED WORKERS AND OVERT RACISM. YOU'RE REALLY REACHING FRANK. ALSO WHY ARE WE YELLING?
Not for me
Wow. What a scathing review. You're gonna get what you give and if you were that negative while you were here no wonder you didn't fare well. Boston is crowded, it's one of America's oldest cities, so that makes sense. We have winters so yeah the weather can be tough at times. The MBTA is reliable although it shuts down too early for my tastes. As far as regionalism and arrogance, apparently you haven't traveled that much because that's everywhere....most people like where they're from. I've spent alot of time in The South and I feel they're overly arrogant, only in The South do people try to pick fights over a 150 year old war they lost. Your car got hit in Boston? Mine got stolen in Atlanta. I feel much safer in Boston than most Southern/Bible Belt or West Coast cities. Boston is a bit grimy at times but everything is crammed into 48 square miles so it's small geographically and it's been there a long time hence the wacky roads. And yes Eastern Massachusetts/ Southeastern New Hampshire/ Northern Rhode Island are crowded since it's one of the first areas settled in the US. As far as drivers go Boston is no worse than any other city, actually statistically speaking Massachusetts and the Northeast in general is one of the safer areas driving wise in the US. Great schools, great hospitals, great universities. Full of history. Awesome sports teams. Good proximity to beaches and mountains. All in all Boston is pretty cool. Is it perfect? No, but it's a lot better than you've made it out to be.
Boston, MABoston gets a bad reputation
I grew up 25 miles outside of Boston and currently live about an hour north in New Hampshire. Boston definitely isn't for everyone its crowded and expensive, it can be difficult to navigate (though I find the non grid layout to be part of its charm) and people are generally in a rush. It has a reputation as an unfriendly city but in my travels, I've always found Southern US cities to be unfriendly, I think it has more to do with where your from. In the South I have had people try to pick fights with me over the Civil War....so there's that. The MBTA is fairly reliable as far as public transportation goes, though it shuts down too early. As far as cities goes its relatively safe. There is a ton of history to explore, if your a history buff you'll enjoy it. We have all the major sports (Patriots are outside of town), a good music and arts scene and plenty of Parks (the Emerald Necklace is 1100 acres of interconnected parks). We have top tier universities and hospitals. Boston is very compact, 48 square miles, compared to other cities (Jacksonville is 747, Nashville is 475, Indianapolis is 361) so I think that's why some people don't consider it a major city, which is foolish. It does snow which seems to bother outsiders but it's New England so it is what it is. All in all it's not perfect but I still find it more enjoyable than plenty of other large cities like Atlanta, Philadelphia or St. Louis.