Certainly taciturn. And I live in Britain, so when I say it reminds me of here, that's really saying something. Taking New Yorkers or Californians on the opposite polarity.just frank wrote: ↑Mon Feb 12, 2024 6:06 am I grew up in the Boston suburbs in the 70s and 80s, and have since lived in several places around the US in the midwest, midatlantic and west coast.
You could not pay me to live/work in the Boston area. I have enjoyed every other place I have lived.
Of course I have a fondness for my childhood home, and enjoy visiting my family there, and summer trips to the Cape. A nice place to visit, as they say.
The reputation of the place is that it is not welcoming to outsiders. Generalizations are certainly limited, but I think there is not a culture of people moving away and other people people moving into New England, as there is in many other regions.
I suspect the rest of the USA, if they knew Mass, would be surprised at how "small c conservative" it is in terms of values and officialdom. The liberal notion is mostly about the Electoral College and particularly McGovern in 1972 (only state which voted for him?). I cannot speak to intolerance (I come from one of the most diverse cities in North America, and I am quite frankly shocked at some of the things people say on Facebook (old photos of the city group) -- so it's hard to throw out the word "intolerance" at anyone else).The politics there are also peculiar (if OT here). I'm a lifelong liberal, and while Mass has a reputation for liberalism, I do not find it to be so in reality. I have also witnessed more intolerance and harassment there (as a visitor) than I have anywhere else in the country.
This is it. My impressions of the city are very "St Elmo's Fire" but fast forwarded 40 years. Hard not to stand in Harvard Yard and not think "this is diverse". The postgrads I imagine even more so.One exception is likely the city itself, and its professional and academic circles, where people are likely more cosmopolitan, with a mix of folks from around the country and world. But the 'townies' of the suburbs not so much.
If OP is bent on moving there... I suggest renting and exploring. A lot. I am sure there are pockets with more professionals and immigrants that would create a more welcoming and vibrant area. They might even be more affordable.
But it seemed to be a very pocketed city, and one would need to know which pockets to live in.