Jamaica Pond. Fenway. The shops on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. The running trails along the Charles. All of the hole-in-the-wall shops and restaurants and events that build community and connections — even though it’s a world-class city, you never feel anonymous in Boston. I fell in love with Boston the moment I set foot there, and its streets and nooks and crannies still have my heart. Proud to have been a Bostonian, if only for a few too-brief years.
-Lauren Catlett, from Albany, N.Y.
Pictured: Jamaica Pond.