We've had a lot of wars here about Boston versus New York, etc. But I'm curious about the suburbs of Boston -- what are they like? Are they comparable to New York City's Westchester, or Long Island? What's the culture like? Tolerant? Progressive?
They are as different as Medford and Newton.
Cohasset is dreadfully suburban.
A friend has relatives in Plymouth and he said they are republican country club types. Snooty and play golf all day.
This kills me too. They ship their Mercedes down to Naples, their winter home. Wouldn't it make more sense to just buy a car and leave it down there?
The "Boston Area" isn't really like New York. Its whole history is different, as is its geography. Look at the map.
Boston is the dominant force in Suffolk County, but there are plenty of cities that aren't really "suburbs" in the traditional sense. Brookline and Wellesley are two towns close to Boston but is considered by some to be suburbs of Norfolk County. Cambridge, Somerville, Newton and Framingham are all cities in Middlesex County and have their own identities. I wouldn't say any of those listed above are quite like the other.
New York's suburbs as you move outside the city (which I include to mean Brooklyn and Queens) are the classic suburbs and the model for suburbs all over the current U.S., especially Long Island.
The cities and towns around Boston are relatively much more progressive than the conservative kookiness around New York. Old school conservative blue collar Catholic Boston is mixed frenetically with the densest population of students and academics in the United States. You have to go out to the Cape and further outside of the "Boston area" to get to comparable Long Island and Westchester.
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