Re: RARA-AVIS: Boston

From: Jeremiah Healy (
Date: 23 Nov 2001

Why Boston? I think it goes a little further than "natives" writing about it. Linda Barnes is from Detroit, originally, and I'm from New Jersey, not seeing Boston till my first year of law school.

To some extent it's the mix of ethnicities, traditionally living in very distinctive neighborhoods. Then, once the "boom" times started around 1976 with the Bicentennial and the opening of Quincy Market, tourists became as numerous as college students. Rampant inflation during the Carter Administration hit hard, though we avoided most of the recession in the early Reagan years.

I just think there's a lot of volatility here, though the "Beatles" metaphor might apply: Boston, thanks to its winters and all the colleges, prep schools, etc., reads a lot, and many types of fiction do well here.

Best from Boston,


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