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I don't want to live in a '60s sitcom

Posted by Rona Fischman December 4, 2008 03:31 PM

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WS started a conversation about neighborhoods which got side-tracked to a conversation about the term he used to describe bland, homogeneous neighborhoods. He got some good answers. Are there more?

Where can a person find a neighborhood that is not bland? Where are the neighborhoods to find people of different ages, income levels, cultural backgrounds and family constellations? Where are places where the housing doesn't all look the same? There are a lot of people who prefer these areas to those that remind them of Leave it to Beaver. or Father Knows Best.

WS commented:

Thank you everyone for the constructive posts.

JMc: I spent a lot of time lately in the South End. I thought it was a mix of artists, creative professionals, & finance/insurance professionals, however, I get the sense that it is much different. Love the dog park though.

janewinebox: I just recently started exploring JP. I am really digging it. However, I am deeply prejudice against neighborhoods with high student populations. Is there a microcosm I am missing? I know Chinatown well. Unfortunately, I do not know the specific Asian countries cultures well enough to appreciate them. I am not certain on the North End and South Boston. It seems, on the surface to have two groups of people that pretty much keep to themselves. Again, am I missing it? Is there anything interesting about Lowell that extends beyond protected classes (especially if they are doing their own thing)?

Carolyn: How do you define North Cambridge?

jones: Funny you should say Waltham. I suggested Waltham to a friend of mine and she thought I was crazy. (I tend to agree with you - seems like a good jumble of people.)

Ritan1: I agree wholeheartedly. I grew up in a developer planned suburb where buying a house must have been like buying a Ford: "Would you like blue, black or white paint? Grey or taupe interior? . . " I seriously envied the 'midtown' area of my hometown that consisted of 1928 - 35-ish mixed material homes (all brick, brick and stucco, wood frame, gambrels, capes, bungalows . . .).

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