This article is part of a TNGG series on cities.
For most people, Boston probably doesn’t make the list of top cities to move to. It’s not the biggest city in the country and usually its most valuable components are overlooked. It may not be the most desirable city to live in, but for me and those who reside here, Boston is it.
Diversity isn’t first in mind when you think of Beantown. Boston started off as the heart of Puritanism in the colonies – not exactly what you would consider a “melting pot.” But, Boston is much more diverse than people think. Today, there are so many varied places to go and people to meet. There are always different areas of the city to venture to and learn something new. By just taking a trip through the heart of the city, you can find visitors from all over. In fact, Boston’s greatest amount of diversity comes from its younger residents – my generation.
Boston is also a city soaked in history. After all, it is the place of the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre, the place the American Revolution started. You don’t have to go far to find the Freedom Trail or even hang out in Paul Revere’s house. For most people, history wasn’t the most desirable subject to study in high school. It was just a bunch of facts and dates that required memorization. But, Boston is always brought up in American History courses because it is such an important place. At the very least, for me, it makes the city that I know and love infinitely more interesting.
This all makes me wonder, what exactly makes cities such appealing places for Generation Y? At this point, it has been established by The Next Great Generation that Millennials don’t necessarily have shorter attention spans. We’re just capable of handling more input, and as a result, get bored easily. Cities offer stimulation that isn’t always accessible in suburbs. There is always somewhere to go, or someone to spend time with. It offers the stimulation necessary to keeping members of Gen Y around. Also, Boston is the most desirable metropolitan area for students. With over 52 institutions of higher education and 374,000 students, it is hard to deny this city as a hub of education with a younger vibe.
If you didn’t know already, MTV is currently working on a show called Wicked Summah. Basically, it’s the same idea as last year’s Jersey Shore. Get together a bunch of Boston stereotypes, put them on the Cape (for you non-Bostonians: Cape Cod), feed them alcohol and watch the madness ensue. As a result, most Bostonians are hanging their heads in shame trying to distance themselves from this reality TV show. It’s all about promoting the idea that Bostonians pronounce Harvard as “Havahd” and want nothing more than to kill a Yankees’ fan drink. Granted, some of these stereotypes have been based in truth, but it definitely isn’t my reality, or that of most Millennials who live in this city.
Needless to say, I’m proud to be a Bostonian. Not because I root for Boston sports teams or because I use the word “wicked” religiously. It is just because I love the city in which I live and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.