Re: What do you love about West Roxbury?
posted at 10/27/2010 11:26 AM EDT
Hmmm. I grew up in Scituate in the summertime (we are talking 1960 onwards) and had neighbors from West Roxbury (winter home). I must say that (being a New Yorker of Irish ancestry who lived in Scituate every summer for 23 years), the Irish types (Irish American, only) who lived in Scituate and who came from West Roxbury, Belmont, Milton, Newton, etc. were kind of snobby, almost all politically right wing if you ask me (some, not all) a little too concerned, perhaps, about how much money they had, etc. and my family was as well off as many but we didn't come from a winter town in NY where money was as, well, pushed. I think that the Boston Irish liked to ape the old Brahmin class and go to Harvard (if they got in, as some of my Scituate neighbors did) or B.C. or someplace like that and then go to, say, law school, and then SOME, by no means all, then stayed within a certain social circle. Is this what people mean about the "rigid" people on the West Roxbury Parkway? I am only guessing.
I laugh about the conformity that posters mention in West Roxbury. I mean, aren't a lot of residents just probation officers, teachers, real estate agents, Suffolk Law School grads, etc.? Is that supposed to be fancy?
I like West Roxbury, however, because I am blatantly in favor of living in a predominantly Irish type area, not out of prejudice (I hope) but simply because I like to be with people of similar cultural style.