Boston is a city almost without borders. People within 50 miles of the concrete monster we know as city hall can stake a rightful claim to being from Boston or “the Boston area.” And people from all over the world who root for our teams can feel a very special connection to the city.
Yet Boston is very small when compared to some of the other major cities in the world. New York is overwhelming as it surrounds you. You can still be in the middle of Atlanta after what feels like a two-hour drive (that’s not counting the traffic). Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas… none of them are the same as Boston.
We’re a big town, really, stitched together in a quilt of fiercely tight communities. And as much as so many people can claim to be from Boston, many of those people who actually live within the city limits identify themselves by their neighborhood. They are from Hyde Park, or Brighton, or Beacon Hill first, then from “Boston” when asked “where’s that?”
Yet, as tight as our little communi