What are some of the best and worst things about Boston?

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from ProperBostonian. Show ProperBostonian's posts

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    Best: History, academia, hospitals, tradition, museums, restaurants, bars, professional sports, suburbs, MBTA, commuter rail, the Cape, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, proximity to Maine, NH, RI, & VT.

    Worst: People who move here and blame Bostonians because they don't have the personality, ability, or social skills to fit in.  Traffic & Scott Brown.
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from OutragedTaxpayer. Show OutragedTaxpayer's posts

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    Best: Sea food, Red Sox

    Worst: Angry townies in their run down triple deckahs.  Without the colleges, this place would be Cleveland, you donkeys!
     
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    The best:
    the restaurant choices
    the suburbs
    the Sporting events

    The worst:
    the condition of the Commuter Rail stations and vehicles
    the overcrowded subway at rush hour
    the severe capacity problems of the Green Line
    the reduced capacity of the highway system
     
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    Best:  Education
    Worst:  Rupert Murdoch's media store across the street from the State House.
     
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    Best things: Sox, Pats, Celtics, Bruins, universities and the vital life they bring to the city/area, the Common and Public Garden, history, architecture especially the older buildings, food, ethnic and racial mix, the Symphony, Arboretum, the real Filene's Basement (I still can't believe its gone!), Boston Harbor islands.

    Worst things:  Suburanites who s**k off the City and give nothing in return, clannish types,racists, massh***s, Red Sox fans who see the Sox as a fashion statement or bucket list item, newcomers who think all there is to Boston is what they can GET out of the City and not give back like voting in local elections, volunteering and giving to charities, smug and rude behavior (T workers: its ok to respond when someone says hello or thank you!), and people who think the rest of the country is terrible in comparision to Boston.  Oh yeah add to the list Scott Brown and any Repubicans.
     
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    I lived my whole life here and yes there a few things I don't like.  The pricey apartments, the T stopping too early along with the bars.  Then there are tons of things I like about Boston, great food, great pubs, easy walking, the history, our sports teams, our hospitals, great colleges and universities, the real changes of seasons etc.  Sure we're not London, NYC or Paris but I'll take my city anyday!
     
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    Best: a walking city and sense of pride in neighborhoods

    Worst: the politics, no old school diners, kids fresh out of college that move into your neighborhood thinking that they are still in college and treat the neighborhood like a public toilet. 

    I'm not gonna knock on the public transportation.......it's not that bad and I really can't complain.  Plus, it's.......public transportation.  If you got a serious problem with it, make more money and drive around town. 

    I'm not gonna knock the night life either.  This isn't Vegas or NYC so stop comparing it those types of cities.  The reason it is not a crazy night life is because the citizens here have prevented it from being crazy.  Compared to the majority of cities in the U.S., the night life is on the better side. 

    I'm not gonna talk about the weather either, that's not Boston's fault.   
     
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    Best: Food, college hockey
    Worst and I'm clearly not alone on this: People and the sense of entitlement they carry like a chip on their shoulders
    Roads are awful too
     
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    Best: Walkability,  preserved historic architecture (I'm from the Midwest originally...Boston is visually rich), museums, proximity to the ocean and mountains. Clam chowder. The Beanpot Hockey Tournament. Red Sox. The Marathon.  The Public Garden and Esplanade.

    Worst: Damp winters (cold and snowy is my preferred), durth of clean public bathrooms in some sections of the city...it's gotten slightly better in the last 20 years. 
     
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    The worst aspect of Boston is the cost of housing...period.
     
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    The best is obvious.

    the worst is:

    1.  Landlords, because of exorbitant rents and not taking responsibility for de-leading apartments and not renting to people who have younger children because they don;t wnat to be bothered with de-leading. (They've only had thirty-seven years to deal with this issue, mind you.)

    2.  The Police Dept.'s Revenue Enhancement Division, other wise known as Parking Enforcement.  Parking at a meter should not be a high-stress activity, but the over-zealous and far-too-numerous ticketers are far, far over-the-top, and need to be reduced in number and to amoke some grass.

    3.  Teh financial district's architecture.

    4.  The tiara in the building next to the Pru

    5.  bicyclist-hating drivers

    6.  bicyclists who ried the wrong way inthe streets, and any bicyclist on the sidewalks.

    7.  T fares, and the lack of expansion of the system.

    8.  traffic.
     
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    More publicity for Travel and Leisure magazine, second day in a row. Who cares what some second rate magazine says after conducting a second rate survey. They only did it to get free publicity and the Globe is quick to oblige.

     
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    Snotty snobby person here - shouldn't it be "foundered?"
     
  14. You have chosen to ignore posts from RatherBeInBoston. Show RatherBeInBoston's posts

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    Research findings are only as good as the methodology behind the research product... I get the feeling that the folks at Travel & Leisure must have discovered Survey Monkey and fielded a flawed, internally developed survey to an audience of dubious relevance. Publication's editorial staff probably all ex-New Yorkers.
     
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    All the liberals in the state!!
     
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    I've been to many cities and Boston is easy to walk around and has a European flavor. The transport system is among the worst I have encountered for a city in the class of Boston. The MBTA is dirty and unreliable.
     
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    Best: sports teams, tourist attractions, restaurant variety, educational institutions, hospitals, weather May through October, proximity to ocean/mountains/, Bostonians who respect privacy (viewed by some as unfriendly), provincialism (yes it's a best), Boston pride.

    Worst: drivers, lack of signage, lack of parking, the Globe, the Herald, Channel 7 news, bureacrats in city hall/statehouse

    To those who think Bostonians should be friendlier go south where the friendliness is a mile wide and a micro mm deep.  Those people are phony friendly.
     
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    It's not the only "best," but the ice cream in the Boston area is unmatched elsewhere.
     
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    The best: Boston has an airport with plenty of departues

    The worst: MBTA. Driving. Weather. Stuck up, holier than thou people. College students. Cost of living. Politics. Corruption.  Old Money. Beacon Hill.

    I can go on.
     
  20. You have chosen to ignore posts from who-cares-1940. Show who-cares-1940's posts

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    It was a totally unscientific online survey. Who knows where the people who voted are from or what cities they've visited. You can't legitimately rank one city against  another unless you've been to both. Likewise, certainly NOBODY who voted has been to all the cities listed.

    Such a poll is meaingless and close to fraudulent, especially since the "methodology" (such as it is) is given in a non-obvious link at the bottom of the page.

     
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    In Response to Re: What are some of the best and worst things about Boston?:
    [QUOTE]Best: Food, college hockey Worst and I'm clearly not alone on this: People and the sense of entitlement they carry like a chip on their shoulders Roads are awful too
    Posted by observcollege[/QUOTE]
    Damn right we have entitlement, we have just as much entitlement in our towns that we help run then you and your mutualfund that mommy and daddy paid for you to live here with.
     
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    Best:  restaurants, hospitals, colleges & universities, sports (pro and college, also the Regatta, and the Marathon), historical sites, performing arts (for such a small city, we've got a lot of options), compact so it's easy to get around, the T (which for all it's flaws, see below, is still the best way to get around downtown), diverse neighborhoods, Boston Latin School and Boston Latin Academy, a CVS/ATM/Dunkins on every corner

    Worst:  the sheer absence of affordable parking, a transit system that quits at 12 when so much else goes on until 2, ditto restaurants, switching problems at Alewife, tourists who stand in the middle of State Street to photograph the Old State House and then call us rude when when we toot our car horns at them to get out of the middle of the street, students on the T who don't take their backpacks off and can't stand still or hold on to rail or handstrap because it might give them avian flu, trust fund grad students who think they are entitled to be rude and ignorant, people with accents that make the dialogue in The Departed seemed like cultured speech, the utilization of "fahkin'" as the only adjective some people know, the proliferation of Dunkins and Starbucks which have squeezed out so many nice little coffee shops

    What a surprise that Travel and Leisure ranked us low for weather -- what a shock -- and barbecue -- again, shocking.  Too bad they didn't poll people on clam chowder, lobster and winning sports teams.
     
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    In Response to To those who think Bostonians should be friendlier go south where the friendliness is a mile wide and a micro mm deep.  Those people are phony friendly.

    Absolutely!  I have been to the south and while they are much quicker to say Good Morning!  How are you today? -- they are also much quicker to judge you, be subsequently rude to you, to treat you like a "damn Yankee" and not be the least bit shy in asking when you are leaving.  Southern charm, is a surface charm.  I've got some scary stories from my sister who lived in the Carolinas for three years.  A cake full of nastiness with a charmingly sweet frosting.
     
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    Best: The culture, the history and historical locations, SPORTS, the food, and all the local attractions from the big (MOS, Aquarium) to the small (local bars and resturants).

    Worst: Not much, parking...all though it's an easy city to walk/T.  The only thing I don't like is the look I get when I am carded at the door and show a Florida license.  Just because I don't live there any more doesn't mean I wasn't born and raised there.  I am NOT a tourist....at least in my mind I'm not.  It's my home, regardless to where I live now.
     
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    I like everything about Boston except for the traffic and the parking costs. I have never come across an unpleasant person in Boston..and find most people pretty friendly.
     

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