As impatient as I sometimes get with Boston and some of the people who inhabit it, it's still a great place to live. Although much of downtown has been transformed into a yuppie theme park, there's still urban culture to be found if you know where to look. That's what this guide is for.
If you're looking for $100 a meal restaurants, B-list parties masquerading as socialite gatherings or champagne clubs, you ain't gonna find it here. If, however, you're looking for good used bookstores and thrift shops, unknown artists and cool places to check out local bands, you're in the right place.
In case you haven't already figured it out, this is disclaimer masquerading as an introduction. What follows is not meant to be the final authority on Boston (see the there are plenty of them on the web. If you're looking for information those sites fail to cover, read on.
What To Do Besides Drink
BOSTON: Allston/Brighton, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway/Kenmore Square, Financial District & Downtown Crossing, Fort Point, Jamaica Plain, Leather District, North End, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, Symphony,
CAMBRIDGE: Central Square, Harvard Square, Inman Square, Kendall Square, Porter Square,
SOMERVILLE: Davis Square, Union Square,
BROOKLINE: Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Washington Square,
Renting an Apartment
What you'll find here are dive bars and diners, bands and art installations, thrift/used book/record/stores, historial landmarks, community groups and resources, etc. most of which haven't been exploited by media or trampled by people in need of the latest trend. continue...
The Young and Disaffected
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The rental market really isn't as bad as you've heard. Sure, the prices are astronomical, but whoever came up with the 1 percent vacancy rate is full of shit. continue...
Getting Around: Transportation
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DRIVING: Prepare yourself for frustration, anger and disbelief as you attempt to drive around this city. It's such a unique and harrowing experience that books have been written about how to cope with it.
PARKING: Now that you've gotten to where you want to be, you still have to do something with your car. Good luck.
MBTA is, for the most part, decent public transportation. But step into a subway station or onto a bus or train, and you enter a strange place where anything can and does happen.
WALKING: By far the most convenient form of Boston transportation; no parking spots to look for, no crowded trains to squeeze onto and you can move at your own pace (usually).
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