As much as Silicon Valley “likes to pretend they have the same kind of density,” Ethier continues, “you have to own a car or have a good friend with one to navigate the Valley.” Ethier moved to Boston from North Carolina; his company is based in Boston’s Fort Point Channel neighborhood.
Now, how about traffic, pricey housing, winter weather, and other things that often get tossed into the “negatives” hopper? As Meybaum of GrabCAD puts it, compared to Estonia, “let’s say that the Boston weather is like a dream come true, and I have never understood why people here complain.” Busby at Novartis says that “the plusses outweigh the minuses.”
“In so many parts of the country, you get the feeling that things are sliding downhill,” he says. But in the heart of Cambridge’s life sciences cluster, Busby continues, “there’s so much construction, it feels like a renaissance — the dawn of something new.”
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