RE: RARA-AVIS: Boston: Pruett

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 15 Nov 2001

For a lot of Bostonians, their neighborhood is at least as important as the city (or the world) as a whole, yes. At least, that's the way it used to be, and I doubt it's changed that quickly over the last decade or so. And it did seem more pronounced than when I was in Chicago and other famously Balkanized cities I've visited over the last twenty years.

TM (currently a Philadelphian, who's irked when babblers here say Philly is a "city of neighborhoods" when a) what city isn't and b) Philly don't know neighborhoods the way Boston knows neighborhoods)

-----Original Message----- From: Carrie Pruett [mailto:]

My impression of the Boston area - and this is more from reading than from the little time I've spent there - is that it's more a collection of a lot of different cities than it is unified, and residents tend to identify themselves more with whatever enclave they live in than as a Bostonian. I suppose this is true in a way of most cities but it seems more pronounced in

Boston. Is that an accurate assessment?

>Kevin, as M. Blumenthal notes, your image of Boston as adjoins >Cambridge
>extremely distorted if you attempted to apply it to Boston as a whole,

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