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Skyline of Back Bay, seen from the Charles River, featuring Boston's two tallest buildings, the John Hancock Tower (left) and the Prudential Tower (right)

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Nickname(s): Beantown,[1] The Hub (of the Universe),[1] The Cradle of Liberty,[2] The Cradle of Modern America,[1] The Athens of America,[2] The Walking City[1]
Location in Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Boston is located in the USA
Boston
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 42°21′28″N 71°03′42″W / 42.35778°N 71.06167°W / 42.35778; -71.06167Coordinates: 42°21′28″N 71°03′42″W / 42.35778°N 71.06167°W / 42.35778; -71.06167
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Suffolk
Settled September 17, 1630
Incorporated (city) March 4, 1822
Government
 - Type Strong mayor – council
 - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D)
Area [3][4][5]
 - City 89.63 sq mi (232.14 km2)
 - Land 48.43 sq mi (125.43 km2)
 - Water 41.21 sq mi (106.73 km2)
 - Urban 1,774 sq mi (4,595 km2)
 - Metro 4,511 sq mi (11,683 km2)
 - CSA 10,644 sq mi (27,568 km2)
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Population [6][7][8][9]
 - City 620,535 ('08 estimate)
 Density 12,813/sq mi (4,947/km2)
 Urban 4,032,484 ('00 census)
 Metro 4,522,858 ('08 est.)
 - CSA 7,514,759 ('08 est.)
 - Demonym Bostonian
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 617 and 857
FIPS code 25-07000
GNIS feature ID 0617565
Website www.cityofboston.gov
.Boston (pronounced en-us-Boston.ogg /ˈbɒstən/ ) is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States.^ Although he’d been busy going over business concerns with Wade, Scott couldn’t help thinking about those letters, especially the ones that he had sent to Boston during the War.
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^ The state of Maine claims the title of “Toothpick Capital of the World,” manufacturing 90% of the toothpicks used in the United States.
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.The largest city in New England, Boston is sometimes regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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[11] .Boston city proper had a 2008 estimated population of 620,535, making it the twenty-first largest in the country.^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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[6] .Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.5 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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[8] .Greater Boston as a commuting region includes six Massachusetts counties, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth, and Worcester,[12] all of Rhode Island and parts of New Hampshire; it is home to 7.5 million people, making it the fifth-largest Combined Statistical Area in the United States.^ He himself had been reborn, and with a renewed faith in the future was already making plans for a life that would include his new wife and their child—--and for the first time he’d begun to contemplate the possibility of Catherine’s boy coming home as well.
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In 1630, Puritan colonists from England founded the city on the Shawmut Peninsula.[14] During the late 18th century, Boston was the location of several major events during the American Revolution, including the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. .Several early battles of the American Revolution, such as the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston, occurred within the city and surrounding areas.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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Through land reclamation and municipal annexation, Boston has expanded beyond the peninsula. After American independence was attained Boston became a major shipping port and manufacturing center,[14] and its rich history now helps attract 16.3 million visitors annually.[15] .The city was the site of several firsts, including America's first public school, Boston Latin School (1635),[16] and the first subway system in the United States.^ Wed to a professor, Aunt Cee had always been a strong proponent of education and had offered to enroll Teresa in school in Boston if she remained in the city over the winter.
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^ A published historian, Nell had led the fight to successfully integrate the performance halls and public schools of Boston and continued to spearhead the efforts to achieve racial equality.
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^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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.With many colleges and universities within the city and surrounding area, Boston is a center of higher education and a center for medicine.^ Wed to a professor, Aunt Cee had always been a strong proponent of education and had offered to enroll Teresa in school in Boston if she remained in the city over the winter.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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[18] The city's economy is also based on research, electronics, engineering, finance, and high technology—principally biotechnology.[19] .The city has been experiencing gentrification and has one of the highest costs of living in the United States,[20] and it remains high on world livability rankings.^ The state of Maine claims the title of “Toothpick Capital of the World,” manufacturing 90% of the toothpicks used in the United States.
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History

Boston in 1772, compared with Boston in 1880
Boston was founded on September 17, 1630, by Puritan colonists from England.[14] The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony are sometimes confused with the Pilgrims, who founded Plymouth Colony ten years earlier in what is today Bristol County, Plymouth County, and Barnstable County, Massachusetts. The two groups, which differed in religious practice, are historically distinct. The separate colonies were not united until the formation of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in 1691.
The Shawmut Peninsula was connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus and was surrounded by the waters of Massachusetts Bay and the Back Bay, an estuary of the Charles River. .Several prehistoric Native American archaeological sites that were excavated in the city have shown that the peninsula was inhabited as early as 5,000 BC.[22] Boston's early European settlers first called the area Trimountaine, but later renamed the town after Boston, Lincolnshire, England, from which several prominent colonists had emigrated.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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^ The Boston African-American National Historic Site: .
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.Massachusetts Bay Colony's original governor, John Winthrop, gave a famous sermon entitled "A Model of Christian Charity," popularly known as the "City on a Hill" sermon, which espoused the idea that Boston had a special covenant with God.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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(Winthrop also led the signing of the Cambridge Agreement, which is regarded as a key founding document of the city.) .Puritan ethics molded a stable and well-structured society in Boston.^ More recently, Jim Harper had spoken of the more “civilized” society to be had in Boston, as well as the increased social status that would accompany Scott’s inheritance.
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.For example, shortly after Boston's settlement, Puritans founded America's first public school, Boston Latin School (1635).^ It was exceptionally loud and her first few nights in Boston, Teresa had found it very difficult to sleep because of it.
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^ A published historian, Nell had led the fight to successfully integrate the performance halls and public schools of Boston and continued to spearhead the efforts to achieve racial equality.
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[16] Between 1636 and 1698, six major smallpox epidemics in Boston had caused a substantial number of deaths.[23] .Boston was the largest town in British North America until Philadelphia grew larger in the mid-18th century.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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Map showing a British tactical evaluation of Boston in 1775
In the 1770s, British attempts to exert more-stringent control on the thirteen colonies—primarily via taxation—led to the American Revolution.[14] .The Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and several early battles—including the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston—occurred in or near the city.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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^ The fire had started one evening in early November and raged through the night, destroying over seven hundred buildings, including several Garrett warehouses located near the wharves.
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During this period, Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride. After the Revolution, Boston had become one of the world's wealthiest international trading ports because of the city's consolidated seafaring tradition. Exports included rum, fish, salt, and tobacco.[25] .During this era, descendants of old Boston families were regarded as the nation's social and cultural elites; they were later dubbed the Boston Brahmins.^ Later, both Johnny and Teresa had asked questions about Boston, about his friends and family, about his life there.
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View of Boston from Dorchester Heights, 1841
.The Embargo Act of 1807, adopted during the Napoleonic Wars, and the War of 1812 significantly curtailed Boston's harbor activity.^ Although he’d been busy going over business concerns with Wade, Scott couldn’t help thinking about those letters, especially the ones that he had sent to Boston during the War.
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Although foreign trade returned after these hostilities, Boston's merchants had found alternatives for their capital investments in the interim. Manufacturing became an important component of the city's economy, and by the mid-1800s, the city's industrial manufacturing overtook international trade in economic importance. .Until the early 1900s, Boston remained one of the nation's largest manufacturing centers and was notable for its garment production and leather-goods industries.^ He hadn’t had a good answer then, and when Scott finally asked why he’d never come to Boston to “claim him,” Murdoch still didn’t have one.
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[15] A network of small rivers bordering the city and connecting it to the surrounding region made for easy shipment of goods and led to a proliferation of mills and factories. Later, a dense network of railroads facilitated the region's industry and commerce. From the mid-19th to late 19th century, Boston flourished culturally. It became renowned for its rarefied literary culture and lavish artistic patronage. It also became a center of the abolitionist movement.[27] The city reacted strongly to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850,[28] which contributed to President Franklin Pierce's attempt to make an example of Boston after the Burns Fugitive Slave Case.[29][30]
Scollay Square in the 1880s
.In 1822,[31] the citizens of Boston voted to change the official name from "the Town of Boston" to "the City of Boston", and on March 4, 1822, the people of Boston accepted the charter incorporating the City.^ The revelation of their final destination would inevitably lead to conversation about people and places in the city of Boston.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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[32] .At the time Boston was chartered as a city, the population was about 46,226, while the area of the city was only 4.7 square miles (12 km2).^ They’d spent some time talking about Scott’s grandfather and Boston, and even touched on his brother’s broken engagement, but there’d only been a little bit of passing conversation about Johnny’s time down in McCall’s Crossing.
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^ The revelation of their final destination would inevitably lead to conversation about people and places in the city of Boston.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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[32] .In the 1820s, Boston's population began to swell, and the city's ethnic composition changed dramatically with the first wave of European immigrants.^ Cecilia Holmes’ late husband Elwood, though related to the Boston Holmes’ and an instructor at Bowdoin College, had been no society swell, but simply a Mainer first and foremost.
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Irish immigrants dominated the first wave of newcomers during this period. By 1850, about 35,000 Irish lived in Boston.[33] In the latter half of the 19th century, the city saw increasing numbers of Irish, Germans, Lebanese, Syrians,[34] French Canadians, and Russian and Polish Jews settle in the city. .By the end of the 19th century, Boston's core neighborhoods had become enclaves of ethnically distinct immigrants—Italians inhabited the North End, Irish dominated South Boston and Charlestown, and Russian Jews lived in the West End.^ He hadn’t believed her when she’d teasingly told him that was wholly unnecessary, that his own accent had become much more distinct during their time in Boston.
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Irish and Italian immigrants brought with them Roman Catholicism. .Currently, Catholics make up Boston's largest religious community,[35] and since the early 20th century, the Irish have played a major role in Boston politics—prominent figures include the Kennedys, Tip O'Neill, and John F. Fitzgerald.^ Since she hadn’t been living in Boston at the time, Murdoch had never been introduced to his wife’s aunt, though even after the move to California, Catherine had kept up a correspondence with her.
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Between 1631 and 1890, the city tripled its physical size by land reclamation—by filling in marshes, mud flats, and gaps between wharves along the waterfront[36] —a process that Walter Muir Whitehill called "cutting down the hills to fill the coves." The largest reclamation efforts took place during the 1800s. .Beginning in 1807, the crown of Beacon Hill was used to fill in a 50-acre (20 ha) mill pond that later became the Haymarket Square area.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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.The present-day State House sits atop this lowered Beacon Hill.^ He had to decide very soon whether to join the Hayfords on the westbound train to California or remain for a time in the house on Beacon Hill.
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Reclamation projects in the middle of the century created significant parts of the South End, the West End, the Financial District, and Chinatown. .After The Great Boston Fire of 1872, workers used building rubble as landfill along the downtown waterfront.^ For more information on the Great Boston Fire of 1872, please see the following: .
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.During the mid-to-late 19th century, workers filled almost 600 acres (2.4 km²) of brackish Charles River marshlands west of the Boston Common with gravel brought by rail from the hills of Needham Heights.^ At mid-day, they drove back across the river to Boston to dine at the Parker House.
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.Also, the city annexed the adjacent towns of South Boston (1804), East Boston (1836), Roxbury (1868), Dorchester (including present day Mattapan and a portion of South Boston) (1870), Brighton (including present day Allston) (1874), West Roxbury (including present day Jamaica Plain and Roslindale) (1874), Charlestown (1874), and Hyde Park (1912).^ He’d returned to the ranch sporadically until finally one day he had announced that he was through riding south, that instead he was going East, to fetch his son.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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^ Holmes presented Scott with a healthy serving of oatmeal and the two of them conversed easily about the journey to Brunswick, the times of the train, the next day’s departure for Boston.
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[37]
.By the early and mid-20th century, the city was in decline as factories became old and obsolete, and businesses moved out of the region for cheaper labor elsewhere.^ Teresa had wondered if they might not get out and see something of the city, but in the business of settling into the hotel, she’d neglected to ask.
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^ Tired of looking out at the busy city street, Teresa glanced sadly over at Scott.
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^ Once outside, he pointed out the City Hall and some of the other buildings nearby as they strolled along the busy street, enjoying the crisp sunshine.
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[14] Boston responded by initiating various urban renewal projects under the direction of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), which was established in 1957. In 1958, BRA initiated a project to improve the historic West End neighborhood. Extensive demolition was met with vociferous public opposition.[38] BRA subsequently reevaluated its approach to urban renewal in its future projects, including the construction of Government Center. In 1965, the first Community Health Center in the United States opened, the Columbia Point Health Center, in the Dorchester neighborhood. It mostly served the massive Columbia Point public housing complex adjoining it, which was built in 1953. The health center is still in operation and was rededicated in 1990 as the Geiger-Gibson Community Health Center.[39]
The John F. Kennedy Library, located on the Columbia Point peninsula, 2007
By the 1970s, the city's economy boomed after 30 years of economic downturn. .A large number of high rises were constructed in the Financial District and in Boston's Back Bay during this time period.^ Now widowed, Cecilia Holmes continued to spend time at her Maine residence during the summer months, but the rest of the year resided with her brother in Boston.
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^ Neither of them expected Scott to say anything about that time period, when he was imprisoned during the War.
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^ He hadn’t believed her when she’d teasingly told him that was wholly unnecessary, that his own accent had become much more distinct during their time in Boston.
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This boom continued into the mid-1980s and has since begun again. .Boston now has the second largest skyline in the Northeast (after New York) in terms of the number of buildings reaching a height of over 500 feet.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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New construction and proposals in recent years are enlarging the skyline of the city once again. Hospitals such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women's Hospital led the nation in medical innovation and patient care. Schools such as Boston University, the Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University, and Boston Conservatory attracted students to the area. Nevertheless, the city experienced conflict starting in 1974 over desegregation busing, which resulted in unrest and violence around public schools throughout the mid-1970s. In 1984, the City of Boston gave control of the Columbia Point public housing complex to a private developer, who redeveloped and revitalized the property from its rundown and dangerous state into an attractive residential mixed-income community called Harbor Point Apartments, which opened in 1988 and was completed by 1990. It was the first federal housing project to be converted to private, mixed-income housing in the United States, and served as a model for the federal HUD HOPE VI public housing revitalization program that began in 1992.[40]
The North End has been experiencing gentrification since the completion of the Big Dig in the early 2000s, which moved the elevated Central Artery freeway mostly into tunnels. This has also been changing the traditional Italian American culture of the area.[41]
In the early 21st century, the city has become an intellectual, technological, and political center. It has, however, experienced a loss of regional institutions,[42] which included the acquisition of The Boston Globe by The New York Times, and the loss to mergers and acquisitions of local financial institutions such as FleetBoston Financial, which was acquired by Charlotte-based Bank of America in 2004. Boston-based department stores Jordan Marsh and Filene's have both been merged into the New York–based Macy's. Boston has also experienced gentrification in the latter half of the 20th century,[43] with housing prices increasing sharply since the 1990s.[20] .Living expenses have risen, and Boston has one of the highest costs of living in the United States,[44] and was ranked the 99th most expensive major city in the world in a 2008 survey of 143 cities.^ The state of Maine claims the title of “Toothpick Capital of the World,” manufacturing 90% of the toothpicks used in the United States.
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[45] Despite cost, Boston ranks high on livability ratings, ranking 35th worldwide in quality of living in 2009 in a survey of 215 major cities.[21]

Geography

Simulated-color satellite image of the Boston area taken on NASA's Landsat 3
.Owing to its early founding, Boston is very compact.^ It was exceptionally loud and her first few nights in Boston, Teresa had found it very difficult to sleep because of it.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 89.6 square miles (232.1 km²)—48.4 square miles (125.4 km²) (54.0%) of land and 41.2 square miles (106.7 km²) (46.0%) of water. .Boston is the country's fourth most densely populated city that is not a part of a larger city's metropolitan area.^ But for the most part, it was almost as if the trip to Boston hadn’t taken place.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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[46] Of United States cities with more than 600,000 people, only San Francisco is smaller in land area. .Boston is surrounded by the "Greater Boston" region and is bordered by the cities and towns of Winthrop, Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Somerville, Cambridge, Watertown, Newton, Brookline, Needham, Dedham, Canton, Milton, and Quincy.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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.The Charles River separates Boston proper from Cambridge, Watertown, and the neighborhood of Charlestown.^ They crossed the Charles River into Cambridge, since Scott wanted to show her Harvard College.
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To the east lies Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. .The Neponset River forms the boundary between Boston's southern neighborhoods and the city of Quincy and the town of Milton.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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[47] The Mystic River separates Charlestown from Chelsea and Everett, and Chelsea Creek and Boston Harbor separate East Boston from Boston proper.[48] Boston's official elevation, as measured at Logan International Airport, is 19 ft (5.8 m) above sea level.[49] The highest point in Boston is Bellevue Hill at 330 ft (101 m) above sea level, and the lowest point is at sea level.[50]
The headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist in the Back Bay is dominated by a reflecting pool. The tall buildings in the background are the Prudential Tower and 111 Huntington Avenue.
Newbury Street, a major thoroughfare and shopping district located in the Back Bay neighborhood
Much of the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods are built on reclaimed land—all of the earth from two of Boston's three original hills, the "trimount," was used as landfill material. Only Beacon Hill—the smallest of the three original hills—remains partially intact; only half of its height was cut down for landfill. The downtown area and immediate surroundings consist mostly of low-rise brick or stone buildings, with many older buildings in the Federal style. .Several of these buildings mix in with modern high-rises, notably in the Financial District, Government Center, the South Boston waterfront, and Back Bay, which includes many prominent landmarks such as the Boston Public Library, Christian Science Center, Copley Square, Newbury Street, and New England's two tallest buildings—the John Hancock Tower and the Prudential Center.^ The site below includes photos of two versions of this motif; the images are of stones in a cemetery in Ohio, but similar examples are commonly seen in New England.
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^ Scott had finally finished answering the many messages of condolence he’d received while in Boston, though he anticipated that more such missives might await him at the ranch.
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^ Back in New England, it would be called a “farmah’s tan” he told her, intentionally exaggerating the pronunciation.
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Near the John Hancock Tower is the old John Hancock Building with its prominent weather forecast beacon—the color of the illuminated light gives an indication of weather to come: "steady blue, clear view; flashing blue, clouds are due; steady red, rain ahead; flashing red, snow instead." (In the summer, flashing red indicates instead that a Red Sox game has been rained out.) Smaller commercial areas are interspersed among single-family homes and wooden/brick multi-family row houses. Currently, the South End Historic District remains the largest surviving contiguous Victorian-era neighborhood in the U.S.[52] Along with downtown, the geography of South Boston was particularly impacted by the Central Artery/Tunnel (CA/T) Project (or the "Big Dig"). The unstable reclaimed land in South Boston posed special problems for the project's tunnels. In the downtown area, the CA/T Project allowed for the removal of the unsightly elevated Central Artery and the incorporation of new green spaces and open areas.
Boston Common seen from the Prudential Skywalk Observatory, an observation deck on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower[53]
Boston Common, located near the Financial District and Beacon Hill, is the oldest public park in the United States.[54] Along with the adjacent Boston Public Garden, it is part of the Emerald Necklace, a string of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to encircle the city. Jamaica Pond, part of the Emerald Necklace, is the largest body of freshwater in the city. Franklin Park, which is also part of the Emerald Necklace, is the city's largest park and houses the Franklin Park Zoo, recognized in all of New England.[55] Another major park is the Esplanade, located along the banks of the Charles River. The Hatch Shell, an outdoor concert venue, is located adjacent to the Charles River Esplanade. Other parks are scattered throughout the city, with the major parks and beaches located near Castle Island; in Charlestown; and along the Dorchester, South Boston, and East Boston shorelines.

Neighborhoods

.Boston is sometimes called a "city of neighborhoods" because of the profusion of diverse subsections.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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There are 21 official neighborhoods in Boston used by the city.[56] .These neighborhoods include: Allston/Brighton, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown/Leather District, Dorchester, Downtown/Financial District, East Boston, Fenway/Kenmore, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End, and West Roxbury.^ Scott found that as they drew nearer to Boston, he was becoming more preoccupied with memories of growing up on Beacon Hill.
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^ As the carriage wound it way through the tree-lined streets of Beacon Hill to the Old West Church, Teresa asked after everyone back at the ranch.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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Climate

Boston is located within the northern limit of the humid subtropical climate near the southern limit of the humid continental climate zone, a phenomenon common to coastal southern New England. Summers are typically warm and humid, while winters are cold, windy, and snowy. Prevailing wind patterns that blow offshore affect Boston, minimizing the influence of the Atlantic Ocean.
Boston's skyline in the background, with fall foliage in the foreground
Spring in Boston can be warm, with temperatures as high as the 90s when winds are offshore, although it is just as possible for a day in late May to remain in the lower 40s because of cool ocean waters. The hottest month is July, with an average high of 82 °F (28 °C) and an average low of 65 °F (18 °C), with conditions usually humid. The coldest month is January, with an average high of 36 °F (2 °C) and an average low of 22 °F (−6 °C).[57]
Periods exceeding 90 °F (32 °C) in summer and below 10 °F (−12 °C) in winter are not uncommon but are rarely prolonged. The record high temperature is 104 °F (40 °C), recorded on July 4, 1911. The record low temperature is −30 °F (−34.4 °C), recorded on January 25, 1946.[58]
February in Boston has seen 70 °F (21 °C) only once in recorded history, on February 24, 1985. The highest temperature recorded in March was 89 °F (32 °C), on March 31, 1998.[59]
.Boston's coastal location on the North Atlantic, although it moderates temperatures, also makes the city very prone to Nor'easter weather systems that can produce much snow and rain.^ Although he knew he couldn’t thank his friend enough for making the long trip to Boston, Scott still tried.
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The city averages about 43 in (1,100 mm) of precipitation a year, with 41 in (100 cm) of snowfall a year.[61]
Snowfall increases dramatically as one goes inland away from the city (Especially north and west of the city)—away from the warming influence of the ocean.[62]
Most snowfall occurs from December through March. .There is usually little or no snow in April and November, and snow is rare in May and October.^ Now, Sister,” Miss Louisa interjected, “there’s no need to trouble Mr. Lancer with our silly little malentendu.
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[63] [64]
Fog is prevalent, particularly in spring and early summer, and the occasional tropical storm or hurricane can threaten the region, especially in early autumn. .Due to its situation along the North Atlantic, the city is often subjected to sea breeze, especially in the late spring, when water temperatures are still quite cold and temperatures at the coast can be ten to twenty degrees colder than a few miles inland, sometimes dropping by that amount near midday.^ But there were no mental images to go along with it, and he possessed few details other than a name: Marie Christine.
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^ Scott felt frozen, cold with disbelief, even though it was still warm in the glass-enclosed cupola, brightened by the late afternoon sun.
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^ A few.” Although Scott smiled down at her, his tone seemed to indicate that he didn’t intend to share any of them; in fact, as he often did, Scott smoothly changed the subject.
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[65] [66]
Climate data for Boston (Logan International Airport, 1971-2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 36.4
(2.4)
38.7
(3.7)
46.3
(7.9)
56.1
(13.4)
66.7
(19.3)
76.6
(24.8)
82.2
(27.9)
80.1
(26.7)
72.5
(22.5)
61.8
(16.6)
51.8
(11)
41.7
(5.4)
59.3
(15.2)
Daily mean °F (°C) 29.3
(-1.5)
31.5
(-0.3)
38.9
(3.8)
48.3
(9.1)
58.5
(14.7)
68.0
(20)
73.9
(23.3)
72.3
(22.4)
64.7
(18.2)
54.1
(12.3)
44.9
(7.2)
34.8
(1.6)
51.6
(10.9)
Average low °F (°C) 22.1
(-5.5)
24.2
(-4.3)
31.5
(-0.3)
40.5
(4.7)
50.2
(10.1)
59.4
(15.2)
65.5
(18.6)
64.5
(18.1)
56.8
(13.8)
46.4
(8)
37.9
(3.3)
27.8
(-2.3)
43.9
(6.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.92
(99.6)
3.30
(83.8)
3.85
(97.8)
3.60
(91.4)
3.24
(82.3)
3.22
(81.8)
3.06
(77.7)
3.37
(85.6)
3.47
(88.1)
3.79
(96.3)
3.98
(101.1)
3.73
(94.7)
42.53
(1,080.3)
Snowfall inches (mm) 13.3
(337.8)
11.3
(287)
8.0
(203.2)
1.1
(27.9)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.4
(35.6)
6.7
(170.2)
41.8
(1,061.7)
Source: National Climatic Data Center 2009-03-20

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop.  %±
1790 18,320
1800 24,937 36.1%
1810 33,787 35.5%
1820 43,298 28.1%
1830 61,392 41.8%
1840 93,383 52.1%
1850 136,881 46.6%
1860 177,840 29.9%
1870 250,526 40.9%
1880 362,839 44.8%
1890 448,477 23.6%
1900 560,892 25.1%
1910 670,585 19.6%
1920 748,060 11.6%
1930 781,188 4.4%
1940 770,816 −1.3%
1950 801,444 4.0%
1960 697,197 −13.0%
1970 641,071 −8.1%
1980 562,994 −12.2%
1990 574,283 2.0%
2000 589,141 2.6%
2008* 620,535 5.3%
Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places Over 100,000[6]
According to the 2000 United States Census,[67] there were 589,141 people, 239,528 households, and 115,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 12,166 people per square mile (4,697/km²). .Of major US cities,[68] only New York City, San Francisco and Chicago have a greater population density than Boston.^ Teresa had continued to correspond with Melissa even after she had completed her studies in San Francisco and returned to her native Boston.
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^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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^ Regardless, he would be returning to Boston in the spring, and it might be easier to go alone if Teresa were in San Francisco.
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[69] There were 251,935 housing units at an average density of 5,203 per square mile (2,009/km²). .The 2008 U.S. Census population estimate for the city is 620,535,[6] a 5.3% increase from 2000. During weekdays, the population of Boston can grow during the daytime to about 1.2 million.^ So, he’d kept his questions locked inside, his memories too, and hadn’t ever said very much to any of them about what it had been like, growing up in Boston--- except, of course, during the few weeks prior to his grandfather’s ill-fated visit.
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^ Will liked to “tell tales” about Scott and Teresa enjoyed hearing about Scott’s life growing up in Boston.
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^ Although he’d been busy going over business concerns with Wade, Scott couldn’t help thinking about those letters, especially the ones that he had sent to Boston during the War.
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.This fluctuation of people is caused by hundreds of thousands of suburban residents who travel to the city for work, education, health care, and special events.^ He also resolved to be more attentive; he was supposed to be taking care of her, showing her the city, not dwelling on events long past, circumstances that could never be changed.
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In the city, the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 16.2% from 18 to 24, 35.8% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.[71] There were 239,528 households, of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 27.4% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.9% were non-families. .37.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.^ Even when Marie Christine was older, what would be the point of telling her that she’d been lied to all those years, if her true parentage had to remain a closely guarded secret?
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^ After all, my Elwood was nine years older than I. Did you know that your grandmother Elizabeth was seven years younger than Harlan?
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^ It made sense that old man Garrett wouldn’t have given Scott up without some kind of fight, especially after five years.
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The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.17.[71]
Per capita income in the Greater Boston area, by U.S. Census block group, 2000. The dashed line shows the boundary of the City of Boston.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,629, and the median income for a family was $44,151. Males had a median income of $37,435 versus $32,421 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,353. 19.5% of the population and 15.3% of families are below the poverty line. Of the total population, 25.6% of those under the age of 18 and 18.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.[72]
Since the 1950s with the advent of white flight the proportion of whites in the city has declined with the city becoming minority-majority in the 2000 Census. Surprisingly, a 2006 Census estimate suggests that this trend may have reversed, with whites again occupying a slight majority.[73][74] The 2005–2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau estimates White American making up 56.3% of Boston's population; of which 50.0% were non-Hispanic whites. .Blacks or African Americans made up 23.5% of Boston's population; of which 22.2% were non-Hispanic blacks.^ The Boston African-American National Historic Site: .
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American Indians made up 0.4% of the city's population; of which 0.3% were non-Hispanic. Asian Americans made up 8.3% of the city's population. Pacific Islander Americans made up 0.1% of the city's population. .Individuals from some other race made up 8.9% of the city's population; of which 2.1% were non-Hispanic.^ He could see his grandfather smiling and lifting a glass as he offered up a toast—in honor of Scott’s birthday or some other special event.
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^ It made sense that old man Garrett wouldn’t have given Scott up without some kind of fight, especially after five years.
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^ Cleve Anderson and others had often commented on what a good head Scott had on his shoulders, observing that he must have given up some fine opportunities back East.
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.Individuals from two or more races made up 2.6% of the city's population; of which 1.4% were non-Hispanic.^ Her enthusiasm, however, more than made up for her inexperience, and Scott had relished the tutor’s role.
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In addition, Hispanics and Latinos (mostly[citation needed] Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Cubans) made up 15.6% of Boston's population.[75][76]
People of Irish descent form the largest single ethnic group in the city, making up 15.8% of the population, followed by Italians, accounting for 8.3% of the population. People of West Indian ancestry are another sizable group, at 6.4%,[77] about half of whom are of Haitian ancestry. .Some neighborhoods, such as Dorchester, have received an influx of people of Vietnamese ancestry in recent decades.^ And she was not his sister, although some people seemed to assume that he would regard her as such.
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Neighborhoods such as Jamaica Plain and Roslindale have experienced a growing number of Dominican Americans.
The city also has a sizable Jewish population with an estimated 21,000 Jews within the city and 22 synagogues.[78][79] The adjacent communities of Brookline and Newton are both approximately one third Jewish.[78]

Dialect

The "Boston accent" is widely parodied in the U.S. as the speech of the Kennedys.[80] It is non-rhotic (i.e., drops the "r" sound at the end of syllables unless the next syllable starts with a vowel) and traditionally uses a "broad a" in certain words, so "bath" can sound like "bahth".[81] Boston English has many dialect words, such as "frappe", meaning "milkshake made with ice cream".[82] The accent originated in the non-rhotic speech of 17th century East Anglia and Lincolnshire.[83]

Crime

Headquarters of the Boston Police Department
The city has seen a great reduction in violent crime since the early 1990s. .Boston's low crime rate in the last years of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century has been credited to the Boston Police Department's collaboration with neighborhood groups and church parishes to prevent youths from joining gangs, as well as involvement from the United States Attorney and District Attorney's offices.^ The Parker House had in recent years become the home of the “Saturday Club” a group of Boston’s brightest intellectual lights, many of them writers, who gathered there on the last Saturday of each month.
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.This helped lead in part to what has been touted as the "Boston Miracle". Murders in the city dropped from 152 in 1990 (for a murder rate of 26.5 per 100,000 people) to just 31—not one of them a juvenile—in 1999 (for a murder rate of 5.26 per 100,000).^ The revelation of their final destination would inevitably lead to conversation about people and places in the city of Boston.
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^ And now he was part owner of a 100,000 acre spread.
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In the 2000s, however, the annual murder count has fluctuated by as much as 50% compared with the year before, with 60 murders in 2002, followed by just 39 in 2003, 64 in 2004, and 75 in 2005. Although the figures are nowhere near the high-water mark set in 1990, the aberrations in the murder rate have been unsettling for many Bostonians and have prompted discussion over whether the Boston Police Department should reevaluate its approach to fighting crime.[84][85][86]

Economy

Skyline of downtown Boston's Financial District, seen from inner Boston Harbor
Boston's colleges and universities have a major impact on the city and region's economy, with students contributing an estimated $4.8 billion annually to the city's economy.[87] .Not only are Boston's schools major employers, but they also attract high-tech industries to the city and surrounding region.^ They disembarked on School Street, opposite city hall.
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^ Wed to a professor, Aunt Cee had always been a strong proponent of education and had offered to enroll Teresa in school in Boston if she remained in the city over the winter.
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^ While packing for the trip to Maine, he’d made a mental note to bring the envelope along, but had only remembered it after they’d boarded the train in Boston.
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Boston is home to a number of technology companies and is a hub for biotechnology, with the Milken Institute rating Boston as the top life sciences cluster in the country.[88] Boston also receives the highest absolute amount of annual funding from the National Institutes of Health of all cities in the United States.[89]
Distribution of the Boston metropolitan NECTA labor force, 2004 annual averages[90]
Tourism comprises a large part of Boston's economy. .In 2004, tourists spent $7.9 billion and made the city one of the ten-most-popular tourist locations in the country.^ José had spent most of the day in one of the cantinas.
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^ There were several nice spring –fed ponds that were popular swimming holes, one of them located on Lancer land.
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^ He did always take the time to inquire as to how she’d spent her day, made sure to compliment her on her new clothes, reiterated promises to show her the city.
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[15] Some of the other important industries are financial services, especially mutual funds and insurance.[15] .Boston-based Fidelity Investments helped popularize the mutual fund in the 1980s and has made Boston one of the top financial cities in the United States.^ Although he’d been busy going over business concerns with Wade, Scott couldn’t help thinking about those letters, especially the ones that he had sent to Boston during the War.
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^ Jarrod Barkley, a lawyer as well as a family friend, had arranged for Scott to meet with one of his associates, a financial advisor based in San Francisco.
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The city is also the regional headquarters of major banks such as Bank of America and Sovereign Bank, and it is a center for venture capital. State Street Corporation, which specializes in asset management and custody services, has its headquarters in the city. Boston is also a printing and publishing center—Houghton Mifflin is headquartered within the city, along with Bedford-St. Martin's Press, Beacon Press, and Little, Brown and Company. O'Reilly Media has offices in Cambridge and Pearson PLC publishing units also employ several hundred people in Boston. .The city is home to four major convention centers—the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay, the Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester, and the Seaport World Trade Center and Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on the South Boston waterfront.^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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However, in 2009, the Bayside Expo Center property was lost in a foreclosure on Corcoran-Jennison to a Florida-based real estate firm, LNR/CMAT, who bought it. Soon after, the University of Massachusetts Boston bought the property from them to build future campus facilities.[91][92]
.Because of Boston's status as a state capital and the regional home of federal agencies, law and government are another major component of the city's economy.^ Because Grandfather had viewed the European tour as an essential part of Scott’s education, they had visited each of the capitals, as well as many of the major cities, of France, England, Spain, Prussia, Bavaria, Italy and Greece.
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^ Murdoch wrote that after Johnny’s birth, “I wanted to bring you home.” But it had been “complicated” because of the cost and the length of time needed for a trip to Boston.
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[15]
.Some of the major companies headquartered within the city are the Liberty Mutual insurance company; Gillette (now owned by Procter & Gamble); New Balance has its headquarters in the city.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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^ Grandfather had once sat on the board of directors of several now bankrupt insurance companies.
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.Boston is also home to management consulting firms The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company, as well as the private equity group Bain Capital.^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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[93] .Other major companies are located outside the city, especially along Route 128.^ Once outside, he pointed out the City Hall and some of the other buildings nearby as they strolled along the busy street, enjoying the crisp sunshine.
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[94] Route 128 serves as the center of the region's high-tech industry. In 2006, Boston and its metropolitan area ranked as the fourth-largest cybercity in the United States with 191,700 high-tech jobs. Only NYC Metro, DC Metro, and Silicon Valley had bigger high-tech sectors.[95] The Port of Boston is a major seaport along the United States' East Coast and is also the oldest continuously operated industrial and fishing port in the Western Hemisphere.[96] Boston is classified as an "incipient global city" by a 2004 study group at Loughborough University in England.[97] A 2008 study ranked Boston among the top 10 cities in the world for a career in finance.[98]
Boston skyline from the north side of the Charles River

Culture

.Boston shares many cultural roots with greater New England, including a dialect of the non-rhotic Eastern New England accent known as Boston English, and a regional cuisine with a large emphasis on seafood, salt, and dairy products.^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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Irish Americans are a major influence on Boston's politics and religious institutions. Boston also has its own collection of neologisms known as Boston slang.[99]
Faneuil Hall, a well-known stop on the Freedom Trail, sometimes called "the Cradle of Liberty" because of its role in the American Revolution[100]
Bostonians are often considered to have a strong sense of cultural identity, perhaps as a result of its intellectual reputation; much of Boston's culture originates at its universities.[101][102] The city has a number of ornate theatres, including the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston Opera House, Citi Performing Arts Center, the Colonial Theater, and the Orpheum Theatre. Renowned performing-arts organizations include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Lyric Opera Company, OperaBoston, and the Handel and Haydn Society (one of the oldest choral companies in the United States).[103] The city is also a major center for contemporary classical music, with a number of performing groups, some of which are associated with the city's conservatories and universities. .There are also many major annual events such as First Night, which occurs on New Year's Eve, the annual Boston Arts Festival at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Italian summer feasts in the North End honoring Catholic saints, and several events during the Fourth of July period.^ The Parker House had in recent years become the home of the “Saturday Club” a group of Boston’s brightest intellectual lights, many of them writers, who gathered there on the last Saturday of each month.
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^ There had been too many years of silence, too many questions, and Scott had finally sought his answers elsewhere.
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^ It was exceptionally loud and her first few nights in Boston, Teresa had found it very difficult to sleep because of it.
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These events include the week-long Harborfest festivities[104] and a Boston Pops concert accompanied by fireworks on the banks of the Charles River.[105]
.Because of the city's prominent role in the American Revolution, several historic sites relating to that period are preserved as part of the Boston National Historical Park.^ The Boston African-American National Historic Site: .
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.Many are found along the Freedom Trail, which is marked by a red line of bricks embedded in the ground.^ It felt good to get out and walk around a bit and the grounds of the college were very pretty, with tree-lined walkways and handsome brick buildings.
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The city is also home to several prominent art museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In December 2006, the Institute of Contemporary Art moved from its Back Bay location to a new contemporary building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro located in the Seaport District. The University of Massachusetts campus at Columbia Point houses the John F. Kennedy Library. .The Boston Athenaeum (one of the oldest independent libraries in the United States),[106] Boston Children's Museum, Bull & Finch Pub (whose building is known from the television show Cheers), Museum of Science, and the New England Aquarium are within the city.^ It still seemed strange to imagine that they were the same ones that twinkled down over the towns and forests of New England.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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Quincy Market, a part of the larger Faneuil Hall festival marketplace
Boston is also one of the birthplaces of the hardcore punk genre of music. Boston musicians have contributed significantly to this music scene over the years (see also Boston hardcore). Boston neighborhoods were home to one of the leading local third wave ska and ska punk scenes in the 1990s, led by bands such as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the The Allstonians. The 1980s' hardcore punk-rock compilation This Is Boston, Not L.A. highlights some of the bands that built the genre. Several nightclubs, such as The Channel, Bunnratty's in Allston, and The Rathskeller, were renowned for showcasing both local punk-rock bands and those from farther afield. All of these clubs are now closed. Many were razed or converted during recent gentrification.[107]
Boston has been a noted religious center from its earliest days. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston serves nearly 300 parishes and is based in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (1875) in the South End, while the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, with the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (1819) as its episcopal seat, serves just under 200 congregations. .Two Protestant faiths are headquartered in Boston: Unitarian Universalism, with its headquarters on Beacon Hill, and the Christian Scientists, headquartered in Back Bay at the Mother Church (1894).^ Scott found that as they drew nearer to Boston, he was becoming more preoccupied with memories of growing up on Beacon Hill.
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^ As the carriage wound it way through the tree-lined streets of Beacon Hill to the Old West Church, Teresa asked after everyone back at the ranch.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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.The oldest church in Boston is King's Chapel, the city's first Angligan church, founded in 1686 and converted to Unitarianism in 1785. Other notable churches include Christ Church (better known as Old North Church, 1723), the oldest church building in the city, Trinity Church (1733), Park Street Church (1809), First Church in Boston (congregation founded 1630, building raised 1868) and Old South Church (1874).^ It was exceptionally loud and her first few nights in Boston, Teresa had found it very difficult to sleep because of it.
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^ As the carriage wound it way through the tree-lined streets of Beacon Hill to the Old West Church, Teresa asked after everyone back at the ranch.
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^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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Media

Copley Square, with the Boston Public Library on the left, and Old South Church on the right
The Boston Globe (owned by The New York Times Company) and the Boston Herald are two of Boston's major daily newspapers. The city is also served by other publications such as The Boston Phoenix, Boston magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Boston's Weekly Dig, and the Boston edition of Metro. The Christian Science Monitor, headquartered in Boston, was formerly a worldwide daily newspaper but ended publication of daily print editions in 2009, switching to continuous online and weekly magazine format publications.[108] The Boston Globe also releases a teen publication to the city's public high schools. The newspaper Teens in Print or T.i.P. is written by the city's teens and delivered quarterly within the school year.[109]
Boston has the largest broadcasting market in New England, with the Boston radio market being the eleventh largest in the United States.[110] Several major AM stations include talk radio WRKO 680 AM, sports/talk station WEEI 850 AM, and news radio WBZ 1030 AM. A variety of FM radio formats serve the area, as do NPR stations WBUR and WGBH. .College and university radio stations include WERS (Emerson), WHRB (Harvard), WUMB (UMass Boston), WMBR (M.I.T.), WZBC (Boston College), WMFO (Tufts University), WBRS (Brandeis University), WTBU (Boston University, campus and web only), WRBB (Northeastern University) and WMLN (Curry College).^ Their public strolls past the Boston shops, and through the grounds of Harvard College, had been pleasurable as well, connected as they were, with her arm tucked through his.
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The Boston television DMA, which also includes Manchester, New Hampshire, is the seventh largest in the United States.[111] The city is served by stations representing every major American network, including WBZ 4 and its sister station WSBK 38 (both CBS), WCVB 5 (ABC), WHDH 7 (NBC), WFXT 25 (Fox), WUNI 27 (Univision), and WLVI 56 (The CW). Boston is also home to PBS station WGBH 2, a major producer of PBS programs, which also operates WGBX 44. .Most Boston television stations have their transmitters in nearby Needham and Newton along the Route 128 corridor.^ The short missive was direct and to the point; Murdoch made his request, offered to meet Scott somewhere along the route, even travel to Boston if necessary.
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[112]

Sports

1989 Boston Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park
.The Boston Red Sox, a founding member of the American League of Major League Baseball in 1901, play their home games at Fenway Park, near Kenmore Square in the Fenway section of Boston.^ And, back home in Boston, he had devoted hours to aligning tin soldiers in endless battle formations, and placing the blame squarely on Johnny if any of the men toppled over.
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.Built in 1912, it is the oldest sports arena or stadium in active use in the United States among the four major professional American sports leagues, encompassing Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League.^ The state of Maine claims the title of “Toothpick Capital of the World,” manufacturing 90% of the toothpicks used in the United States.
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[113] Boston was also the site of the first game of the first modern World Series, in 1903. The series was played between the AL Champion Boston Americans and the NL champion Pittsburgh Pirates.[114][115] Persistent reports that the team was known in 1903 as the "Boston Pilgrims" appear to be unfounded.[116] .Boston's first professional baseball team was the Red Stockings, one of the charter members of the National League in 1871. The team played under that name until 1883, under the name Beaneaters until 1911, and under the name Braves from 1912 until they moved to Milwaukee after the 1952 season.^ Scott squeezed her back, before moving away, and placing his fingers under her chin for a moment, lightly lifting until she was looking up into his face again.
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^ With great secrecy, they’d each written down a boy’s name and then placed the pieces of paper under a glass of water, just as Alondra instructed.
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^ The first evening in Boston they’d shared a quiet meal with Mrs. Holmes, but since then, the days had been a constant flurry of activity.
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Since 1966 they have played in Atlanta as the Atlanta Braves.[117]
2004 Boston Celtics basketball game at the FleetCenter, the former name of the TD Garden
The TD Garden (formerly called the FleetCenter and the Shawmut Center) is adjoined to North Station and is the home of three major league teams: the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League, the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League; and the Boston Celtics, the 2008 National Basketball Association champions. The arena seats 18,624 for basketball games and 17,565 for ice hockey venues. The Bruins were the first American member of the National Hockey League and an Original Six franchise.[118] .The Boston Celtics were founding members of the Basketball Association of America, one of the two leagues that merged to form the NBA.[119] The Celtics have the distinction of having won more championships than any other NBA team, with seventeen.^ Other than following through on George’s recommendations regarding a will, he’d essentially decided to do nothing for now, telling himself that he’d have another opportunity when he returned to Boston in the spring.
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^ The day had been crisp, more fall-like than the previous ones, and so the evening air was considerably cooler as well.
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^ With each passing hour, this train carried him further away from Boston and Scott, further away from a young man he had come to love more than he could have imagined.
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[120]
.While they have played in suburban Foxborough since 1971, the New England Patriots were founded in 1960 as the Boston Patriots.^ Scott found that as they drew nearer to Boston, he was becoming more preoccupied with memories of growing up on Beacon Hill.
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^ But since then they had undeniably acquired a new depth of feeling previously beyond her comprehension.
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^ It still seemed strange to imagine that they were the same ones that twinkled down over the towns and forests of New England.
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.A charter member of the American Football League, the team joined the National Football League in 1970. The team has won the Super Bowl three times, in 2001, 2003, and 2004.[121] They share Gillette Stadium with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.^ Arguably the best time to be in New England.
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^ It still seemed strange to imagine that they were the same ones that twinkled down over the towns and forests of New England.
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^ Scott couldn’t have said how long they stood there, silently sharing this new connection.
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The Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer, which formed in 2009, play their home games at Harvard Stadium in Allston.[122]
Boston's many colleges and universities are active in college athletics. .Four NCAA Division I members play their games in the city — Boston College (Atlantic Coast Conference), Boston University (America East Conference), Harvard University (Ivy League), and Northeastern University (Colonial Athletic Association).^ Their public strolls past the Boston shops, and through the grounds of Harvard College, had been pleasurable as well, connected as they were, with her arm tucked through his.
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^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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Of the four, only Boston College participates in college football at the highest level, the Football Bowl Subdivision. Harvard and Northeastern participate in the second-highest level, the Football Championship Subdivision. Boston University does not have a football team. All but Harvard belong to the Hockey East conference; Harvard belongs to the ECAC in hockey. The hockey teams of these four universities meet every year in a four-team tournament known as the "Beanpot Tournament," which is played at the TD Garden over two Monday nights in February.[123]
.One of the best known sporting events in the city is the Boston Marathon, the 26.2 mile (42.2 km) run from Hopkinton to Copley Square in the Back Bay which is the world's oldest annual marathon run.^ And, back home in Boston, he had devoted hours to aligning tin soldiers in endless battle formations, and placing the blame squarely on Johnny if any of the men toppled over.
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[124] .It is run on Patriots' Day in April and always coincides with a Red Sox home baseball game that starts at 11:05 AM, the only MLB game all year to start before noon local time.^ My father.”> > Those words evoked very different feelings now than they had only a few years before.
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^ Although Scott had discussed painful personal subjects with Will many times before, it seemed as if that was all he had been doing lately, engaging in difficult conversations with one person or another.
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^ It had only been a few years ago that her father had been killed, right before Scott and Johnny had come home to the ranch.
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[125] Another major event held annually in the city is the Head of the Charles Regatta rowing competition on the Charles River.[126]
The Prudential Tower lit up for the 2007 World Series. The Red Sox won 4–0.
Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Boston Red Sox MLB Baseball Fenway Park 1901 7 World Series Titles
12 AL Pennants
New England Patriots NFL Football Gillette Stadium 1960 3 Super Bowl Titles
6 AFC Championships
Boston Celtics NBA Basketball TD Garden 1946 17 NBA Titles
Boston Bruins NHL Hockey TD Garden 1924 5 Stanley Cups
New England Revolution MLS Soccer Gillette Stadium 1995 1 U.S. Open Cup, 1 Superliga
Boston Cannons MLL Lacrosse (Outdoor) Harvard Stadium 2001 None
Boston Blazers NLL Lacrosse (Indoor) TD Garden 2008 None
New England Riptide NPF Softball Martin Softball Field 2004 1 Cowles
Boston Breakers WPS Soccer Harvard Stadium 2001 None

Government

Thomas M. Menino, the current Mayor of Boston
Boston has a strong mayor – council government system in which the mayor is vested with extensive executive powers. The mayor is elected to a four-year term by plurality voting. The current mayor of Boston is Thomas Menino. .Boston City Council is elected every two years.^ Their conversation had started innocently enough, when she’d asked Scott about his westward journey two years ago— how long it had taken him to travel from Boston.
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^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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There are nine district seats, each elected by the residents of that district through plurality voting, and four at-large seats. Each voter casts up to four votes for at-large councilors, with no more than one vote per candidate. The candidates with the four highest vote totals are elected. The president of the city council is elected by the councilors from within themselves. .The school committee for the Boston Public Schools is appointed by the mayor.^ A published historian, Nell had led the fight to successfully integrate the performance halls and public schools of Boston and continued to spearhead the efforts to achieve racial equality.
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[127] The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Zoning Board of Appeals (a seven-person body appointed by the mayor) share responsibility for land-use planning.[128]
The Massachusetts State House, described by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. in an 1858 collection of essays as "the Hub of the Solar System"[1]
.In addition to city government, numerous commissions and state authorities—including the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Public Health Commission, and the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport)—play a role in the life of Bostonians.^ After Julie had returned his ring, there’d been a succession of attractive debutantes back in Boston; he’d played the part of gallant escort in public and contented himself with whatever role the young lady in question would allow in private.
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As the capital of Massachusetts, Boston plays a major role in state politics. The city has several properties relating to the United States federal government, including the John F. Kennedy Federal Office Building and the Thomas P. O'Neill Federal Building.[129] .Boston also serves as the home of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Boston is the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (the First District of the Federal Reserve).^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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Federally, Boston is part of Massachusetts's 8th and 9th congressional districts,[130] represented respectively by Mike Capuano, elected in 1998, and Stephen Lynch, elected in 2001; both are Democrats.
.The state's senior member of the United States Senate is Democrat John Kerry, elected in 1984. The state's junior member of the United States Senate is Republican Scott Brown, elected in 2010 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of long-time Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy.^ Scott, Murdoch, Johnny---of course all of them had seen her in her robe, many times, but always with a long nightdress worn beneath it, with full sleeves and a high collar.
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^ Scott waited in the well-lit corridor while Teresa finished dressing for dinner, feeling happier than he had for a very long time.
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^ Murdoch had had agents searching for Johnny for a very long time, Teresa knew that, and, she was certain, so did Scott.
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The Governor of Massachusetts is Democrat Deval Patrick, elected in 2006; he is up for re-election in 2010.

Education

Map of colleges and universities within Boston's Inner Core
Boston's reputation as "the Athens of America" derives in large part from the teaching and research activities of more than 100 colleges and universities located in the Greater Boston Area, with more than 250,000 students attending college in Boston and Cambridge alone.[131] Within the city, Boston University exudes a large presence as the city's fourth-largest employer,[132] and maintains a campus along the Charles River on Commonwealth Avenue and its medical campus in the South End. Northeastern University, another large private university, is located in the Fenway area, and is particularly known for its Business and Health Science schools and cooperative education program. Boston College, a private Catholic Jesuit university, whose original campus was located in the South End, now straddles the Boston (Brighton)-Newton border, with planned expansions further into Brighton.[133] .Boston's only public university is the University of Massachusetts Boston, located on Columbia Point in Dorchester and Roxbury Community College and Bunker Hill Community College are the city's two public community colleges.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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^ Their public strolls past the Boston shops, and through the grounds of Harvard College, had been pleasurable as well, connected as they were, with her arm tucked through his.
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.Boston has several smaller private colleges and universities including, Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Simmons College, Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Wentworth Institute of Technology are founding members of the Colleges of the Fenway and are located adjacent to Northeastern University.^ Scott laughed when she asked if he’d been a member of the committee, saying that the group included some of the College’s most distinguished graduates, while he’d still been a student.
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Suffolk University, a smaller private university, is known for its law school and is located in Beacon Hill. .New England School of Law, a small private law school located in the theater district, was originally established as America's first all female law school.^ How much better to have waited, to have first carefully read over all the information, digested it and then shared the painful news with Murdoch, Johnny and Teresa.
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^ Convinced that Garrett would have withheld from Scott any and all communications from California, Murdoch had resolved to deny his former father-in-law that small satisfaction as well.
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[134] Emerson College, a small private college with a strong reputation in the fields of performing arts, journalism, writing, and film, is located near Boston Common.
Boston College, with Boston skyline in background
Boston is also home to several conservatories and art schools, including The Art Institute of Boston (Lesley University), Massachusetts College of Art, New England School of Art and Design (part of Suffolk University), and the New England Conservatory (the oldest independent conservatory in the United States).[135] .Other conservatories include the Boston Conservatory, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Berklee College of Music.^ He’d complimented her effort when she finished, observing that if they had stayed in Boston over the winter, she could have joined Melissa Harper in taking music instruction and other courses at Mrs. Siddons’ School for Young Ladies.
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Several major national universities located outside Boston have a major presence in the city. .Harvard University, the nation's oldest, is located across the Charles River in Cambridge.^ As the carriage carried them across the Charles towards Cambridge, Scott heard for the first time about the earliest stages of his parents’ courtship.
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^ They crossed the Charles River into Cambridge, since Scott wanted to show her Harvard College.
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The business and medical schools are in Boston, and there are plans for additional expansion into Boston's Allston neighborhood.[136] .The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which originated in Boston and was long known as "Boston Tech," moved across the river to Cambridge in 1916. Tufts University administers its medical and dental school adjacent to the Tufts Medical Center, a 451-bed academic medical institution that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and the Floating Hospital for Children.^ Both of them surely realized the implications of Murdoch Lancer going all the way across the country to Boston, and then coming back alone.
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^ Scott was surprised to find a note from Melissa Harper, who was the daughter of a man Murdoch had known long ago in Boston.
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^ Originally, Johnny and I planned to follow them, but we would have needed to leave today to get to Boston in time for the memorial service.
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.Boston Public Schools, the oldest public school system in the U.S., enrolls 57,000 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.[16] The system operates 145 schools, which includes Boston Latin School (the oldest public school in the United States, established in 1635; which, along with Boston Latin Academy and John D. O'Bryant School of Math & Science, are highly prestigious public exam schools admitting students in the 7th and 9th grades only and serving grades 7–12), English High (the oldest public high school, established 1821), and the Mather School (the oldest public elementary school, established in 1639).^ Not only had his grandfather brought Scott’s former fiancée along with him, he’d also tried to take Scott away, back to Boston.
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^ Wed to a professor, Aunt Cee had always been a strong proponent of education and had offered to enroll Teresa in school in Boston if she remained in the city over the winter.
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^ A published historian, Nell had led the fight to successfully integrate the performance halls and public schools of Boston and continued to spearhead the efforts to achieve racial equality.
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[16] .In 2002, Forbes Magazine ranked the Boston Public Schools as the best large city school system in the country, with a graduation rate of 82%.^ Wed to a professor, Aunt Cee had always been a strong proponent of education and had offered to enroll Teresa in school in Boston if she remained in the city over the winter.
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^ A published historian, Nell had led the fight to successfully integrate the performance halls and public schools of Boston and continued to spearhead the efforts to achieve racial equality.
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^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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[137] In 2005, the student population within the school system was 45.5% Black or African American, 31.2% Hispanic or Latino, 14% White, and 9% Asian, as compared with 24%, 14%, 49%, and 8% respectively for the city as a whole.[138][139] .The city also has private, parochial, and charter schools and approximately 3000 students of racial minorities attend participating suburban schools through the Metropolitan Educational Opportunity Council, or METCO.^ She’d never conceived of talk about “crossing lines,” never imagined private moments in enclosed carriages rolling through city streets.
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^ Wed to a professor, Aunt Cee had always been a strong proponent of education and had offered to enroll Teresa in school in Boston if she remained in the city over the winter.
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Healthcare

.The Longwood Medical and Academic Area is a region of Boston with a high concentration of medical and research facilities, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.^ A published historian, Nell had led the fight to successfully integrate the performance halls and public schools of Boston and continued to spearhead the efforts to achieve racial equality.
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^ Their public strolls past the Boston shops, and through the grounds of Harvard College, had been pleasurable as well, connected as they were, with her arm tucked through his.
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[140] .Massachusetts General Hospital is near the Beacon Hill neighborhood, with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital nearby.^ On the journey back to Beacon Hill, Scott’s eyes were focused on a succession of images from his past, memories in which Grandfather figured prominently.
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St. Elizabeth's Medical Center is in Brighton Center of Boston's Brighton neighborhood. New England Baptist Hospital is in Mission Hill. Boston has Veterans Affairs medical centers in the Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury neighborhoods.[141] .The Boston Public Health Commission, an agency of the Massachusetts government, oversees health concerns for Boston residents.^ Scott recalled the stir created when British author Charles Dickens had visited Boston after the War, offering public readings of his work while in residence at the Parker House.
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[142]
Menino Pavilion of Boston Medical Center
Many of Boston's major medical facilities are associated with universities. The facilities in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area and in Massachusetts General Hospital are well-known research medical centers affiliated with Harvard Medical School.[143] Tufts Medical Center (formerly Tufts-New England Medical Center), located in the southern portion of the Chinatown neighborhood, is affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine. .Boston Medical Center, located in the South End neighborhood, is the primary teaching facility for the Boston University School of Medicine as well as the largest trauma center in the Boston area;[144] it was formed by the merger of Boston University Hospital and Boston City Hospital, which was the first municipal hospital in the United States.^ Wed to a professor, Aunt Cee had always been a strong proponent of education and had offered to enroll Teresa in school in Boston if she remained in the city over the winter.
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^ Teresa smiled, thinking of the stone pillars that formed a part of the stately brick walls she’d seen so many of in Boston.
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^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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[145]

Utilities

Water supply and sewage-disposal services are provided by the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.[146] The Commission in turn purchases wholesale water and sewage disposal from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The city's water comes from the Quabbin Reservoir and the Wachusett Reservoir, which are about 65 miles (105 km) and 35 miles (56 km) west of the city respectively.[147] NSTAR is the exclusive distributor of electric power to the city, though due to deregulation, customers now have a choice of electric generation companies. Natural gas is distributed by National Grid plc (originally KeySpan, the successor company to Boston Gas); only commercial and industrial customers may choose an alternate natural gas supplier.[148]
Verizon, successor to New England Telephone, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, and earlier, the Bell System, is the primary wired telephone service provider for the area. Phone service is also available from various national wireless companies. Cable television is available from Comcast and RCN, with broadband Internet access provided by the same companies in certain areas. A variety of DSL providers and resellers are able to provide broadband Internet over Verizon-owned phone lines.[149] .Galaxy Internet Services (GIS) has also moved to the forefront to deploy municipal WiFi Broadband Internet throughout areas of the city of Boston.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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[150]
Municipal steam services are provided by Trigen Energy Corporation,[151][152] formed from the defunct Boston Heating Company.[153][154]

Transportation

Logan International Airport, located in the East Boston neighborhood, handles most of the scheduled passenger service for Boston.[155] Surrounding the city are three major general aviation relievers: Beverly Municipal Airport to the north, Hanscom Field in Bedford, to the west, and Norwood Memorial Airport to the south. T. F. Green Airport serving Providence, Rhode Island, Bradley International Airport outside of Hartford, Connecticut, and Manchester-Boston Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, also provide scheduled passenger service to the Boston area.
Many of Boston's roads were based upon horse and cart paths from the 17th century. A few horse carriages are still found in the city today.
Downtown Boston's streets were not organized on a grid, but grew in a meandering organic pattern from early in the seventeenth century. They were created as needed, and as wharves and landfill expanded the area of the small Boston peninsula.[156] Along with several rotaries, roads change names and lose and add lanes seemingly at random. .On the other hand, streets in the Back Bay, East Boston, the South End, and South Boston do follow a grid system.^ Other than following through on George’s recommendations regarding a will, he’d essentially decided to do nothing for now, telling himself that he’d have another opportunity when he returned to Boston in the spring.
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^ Leaning back in the chair, Johnny lifted his left leg up and rested the ankle on his other knee, drumming the boot heel with the fingers of his right hand.
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^ And when the kiss ended, she was acutely aware of Scott’s hands, one covering her hip, the other pressing against her back.
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Boston is the eastern terminus of cross-continent I-90, which in Massachusetts runs along the Mass Pike. Originally known as the Circumferential Highway, Route 128 carries I-95 over a portion of its route west and north of the city. .U.S. 1 and I-93 run concurrently north to south through the city from Charlestown to Dorchester, joined by Massachusetts Route 3 after the Zakim Bridge over the Charles River.^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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The elevated portion of the Central Artery, which carries these routes through downtown Boston, was replaced with the O'Neill Tunnel during the Big Dig, substantially completed in early 2006.
MBTA sign at the Chinatown stop
Nearly a third of Bostonians use public transit for their commute to work.[157] The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates what was the first underground rapid transit system in the United States and is now the fourth busiest rapid transit system in the country,[17] having been expanded to 65.5 miles (105 km) of track,[158] reaching as far north as Malden, as far south as Braintree, and as far west as Newton – collectively known as the "T." The MBTA also operates the nation's eighth busiest bus network, as well as water shuttles, and the nation's fifth-busiest commuter rail network, totaling over 200 miles (321 km),[158] extending north to the Merrimack Valley, west to Worcester, and south to Providence.
South Station is the largest train station and intercity bus terminal in Greater Boston and serves as a major intermodal transportation hub.
Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and Chicago lines originate at South Station and stop at Back Bay. .Fast Northeast Corridor trains, which service New York City, Washington, D.C., and points in between, also stop at Route 128 Station in the southwestern suburbs of Boston.^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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^ But Grandfather put me on the train in Boston and Uncle Elwood was waiting at the station in Brunswick to take me off.
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^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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[159] Meanwhile, Amtrak's Downeaster service to Maine originates at North Station.[160]
.Nicknamed "The Walking City", pedestrian commutes play a larger role than in comparably populated cities.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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Owing to factors such as the compactness of the city and large student population, 13% of the population commutes by foot, making it the highest percentage of pedestrian commuters in the country out of the major American cities.[161]
.Between 1999 and 2006, Bicycling magazine named Boston as one of the worst cities in the U.S. for cycling three times;[162] regardless, it has one of the highest rates of bicycle commuting.^ At least now he knew the identity of one of those three unfamiliar names listed as beneficiaries in his grandfather’s will: M.F. Mathieu.
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[163] In September 2007, Mayor Menino started a bicycle program called Boston Bikes with a goal of improving bicycling conditions by adding bike lanes, racks, and offering bikeshare programs. .In 2008, as a consequence the same magazine put Boston on its list of its "Five for the Future" list as a "Future Best City" for biking.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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[164][165]

Sister cities

View of Boston from the Prudential Tower Skywalk Observatory, looking east-northeast towards the Atlantic Ocean. The John Hancock Tower is in the center, Boston Common is at the upper left, and the Financial District is beyond the Common and Hancock. The major road to the right is the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), which connects to I-93 through the South Bay Interchange at the upper right. At the top right is Logan International Airport, which is across inner Boston Harbor.
Boston has eight official sister cities as recognized by Sister Cities International.[166] The date column indicates the year in which the relationship was established. .Kyoto was Boston's first sister city.^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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City Country Date References
Kyoto Japan Japan 1959 [167]
Strasbourg France France 1960 [168][169]
Barcelona Spain Spain 1980 [170][171]
Hangzhou People's Republic of China People's Republic of China 1982 [166]
Padua Italy Italy 1983 [172]
Melbourne Australia Australia 1985
Taipei Republic of China Republic of China (Taiwan) 1996 [174][175]
Sekondi-Takoradi Ghana Ghana 2001 [166]
Boston also has less formal friendship or partnership relationships with an additional three cities.
City Country Date References
Boston, Lincolnshire United Kingdom United Kingdom 1999 [176][177]
Haifa Israel Israel 1999 [178]
Valladolid Spain Spain 2007 [179]

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Further reading

  • Boston: A to Z (2000), Thomas H. O'Connor, ISBN 0674003101
  • Built in Boston: City and Suburb, 1800–2000 (2000), Douglass Shand-Tucci, ISBN 1558492011
  • Lost Boston (1999), Mariner Books, ISBN 0395966108
  • Boston: A Topographical History, Third Enlarged Edition (2000), Belknap Press, ISBN 0674002687
  • When in Boston: A Time Line & Almanac (2004), Northeastern, ISBN 1555536204
  • Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston (2003), Nancy S. Seasholes, ISBN 0262194945
  • Boston's Secret Spaces: 50 Hidden Corners In and Around the Hub, (2009), Globe Pequot; First edition ISBN 0762750626
  • AIA Guide to Boston, 3rd Edition: Contemporary Landmarks, Urban Design, Parks, Historic Buildings and Neighborhoods, (2008), Michael Southworth and Susan Southworth, GPP Travel, ISBN 0762743379
  • Boston: A Pictorial Celebration (2006), Jonathan M. Beagle, Elan Penn (photographer), ISBN 1402719779
  • City in Time: Boston (2008), Jeffrey Hantover, Gilbert King (photographer), ISBN 1402733003
  • Mapping Boston (2001), Alex Krieger (editor), David Cobb (editor), Amy Turner (editor), Norman B. Leventhal (Foreword by) MIT Press, ISBN 0262611732
  • Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views (2008), D. Brenton Simons, University Press of New England, ISBN 1584657405
  • Boston (2010) by Jordan Worek; photographs by Bill Horsman, Firefly Books, ISBN 1554075912

External links


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From Wikitravel

Part of the Boston skyline as seen from Cambridge, during summer.
Part of the Boston skyline as seen from Cambridge, during summer.
For other places with the same name, see Boston (disambiguation).
Boston is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — consider printing them all.
.Boston is the largest city in New England, the capital of the state of Massachusetts, and one of the most historic, wealthy and influential cities in the United States of America.^ It still seemed strange to imagine that they were the same ones that twinkled down over the towns and forests of New England.
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^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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^ The state of Maine claims the title of “Toothpick Capital of the World,” manufacturing 90% of the toothpicks used in the United States.
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.Its plethora of museums, historical sights, and wealth of live performances, all explain why the city gets 16.3 million visitors a year, making it one of the ten most popular tourist locations in the country.^ He’d realized that he would have been the one they’d expected to be on the stage, that it was Johnny who had been the surprise—to himself most of all.
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^ Contrary to his expectations, that encounter hadn’t been the most memorable one, after all.
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^ There were several nice spring –fed ponds that were popular swimming holes, one of them located on Lancer land.
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.Although not in Boston, the neighboring city of Cambridge (just across the Charles River, home to Harvard and MIT) is part of the larger urban area and an essential addition to any visit to Boston.^ Scott recalled the stir created when British author Charles Dickens had visited Boston after the War, offering public readings of his work while in residence at the Parker House.
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^ As the carriage carried them across the Charles towards Cambridge, Scott heard for the first time about the earliest stages of his parents’ courtship.
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^ Because Grandfather had viewed the European tour as an essential part of Scott’s education, they had visited each of the capitals, as well as many of the major cities, of France, England, Spain, Prussia, Bavaria, Italy and Greece.
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Districts

Neighborhood nicknames are in (parentheses).
.
  • Allston and Brighton (Allston-Brighton, All-Bright) - Located west of Boston proper, these districts (especially Brighton) are primarily residential, and are home to many students and young professionals.
  • Back Bay - This upscale area of Boston has fine shops, fine dining, as well as sites such as the Prudential Center, Copley Square, and Hynes Convention Center.
  • Beacon Hill - Once the neighborhood of the Boston Brahmins.^ Such a fine young lady?
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    ^ This site has many other fine examples of antique jewelry.
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    ^ And our Catherine wasn’t some flighty, love struck debutante like so many of these young girls today.
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    .Beacon Hill has real gas-lit street lanterns on many of the streets, as well as many original bricks dating back to age of the city itself.^ He’d spent considerable time talking with the young woman while James slowly drove the carriage through the streets of Beacon Hill and along the boundaries of the Common.
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    ^ As the carriage wound it way through the tree-lined streets of Beacon Hill to the Old West Church, Teresa asked after everyone back at the ranch.
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    ^ Corinna Cushman’s mother was from back East, and was most likely to be up to date on city fashions.
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    Bring your camera.
  • Charlestown - Across the Charles River to the north, this is the site of the Bunker Hill Monument.
  • Chinatown - Great Asian food, great herbalists and next to downtown and the theater district. .4th largest Chinatown in the United States.
  • Dorchester ("Dot") - A large working class neighborhood often considered Boston's most diverse.^ The younger man was Johnny’s age; Walt Senior was a long time employee who most often worked around the hacienda itself.
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    It includes the JFK Library, UMass Boston, and many wonderful eateries.
  • Downtown - This is the hub of tourist activity with Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, Boston Public Garden, and Boston Common. It is also the center of city and state governments, businesses, and shopping.
  • East Boston (Eastie) - On a peninsula across Boston Harbor from the main bulk of the city and the location of Logan Airport. .Several underwater tunnels connect East Boston to the rest of the city.^ The rest of their luggage would follow by wagon from Stockton, along with several boxes from Boston, and the crate containing Catherine’s portrait.
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    Large Latin American population.
  • Fenway-Kenmore (The Fens, Kenmore Square) - Fenway Park is the home of the 2004 and 2007 world champion Boston Red Sox.
  • Financial District - Boston's business and financial center, this area has a growing number of residential buildings, plenty of restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions such as Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and the New England Aquarium.
  • Hyde Park (HP)
  • Jamaica Plain (JP) - A diverse residential neighborhood and home to Samuel Adams Brewery.
  • Mattapan - A residential neighborhood that is home to the city's large West Indian population.
  • Mission Hill - A residential neighborhood.
  • North End is the city's Italian neighborhood with excellent restaurants. .It is also the location of the Old North Church.
  • Roslindale (Rozzie) - Residential neighborhood, also a large Greek population.
  • Roxbury (Rox,The Bury) - The historical center of Boston's black community.
  • South Boston (Southie) - this is a proud residential neighborhood with a waterfront district and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on its north side.^ To see an image of Boston’s Old West Church: .
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    .Home to one of the largest Irish and Irish American populations in the country.
  • South End, just south of Back Bay, has Victorian brownstones and a bohemian atmosphere.^ And when the kiss ended, she was acutely aware of Scott’s hands, one covering her hip, the other pressing against her back.
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    ^ But in Teresa’s imaginings, everyone back home—even the Widow Hargis---would, in the end, heartily approve.
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    Large Gay population.
  • West End - Once a slum, this neighborhood submitted to "urban renewal" during the late 1950s and is no longer a coherent neighborhood].
  • West Roxbury (Westie, West Rox)
.Boston is a city of diverse neighborhoods, many of which were originally towns in their own right before being annexed to the city.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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.This contributes to a strong pride within the neighborhoods of Boston, and many people will often tell you they are from "JP" (Jamaica Plain), "Dot" (Dorchester), "Southie" (South Boston), or "Eastie" (East Boston), rather than that they are from Boston.^ Other than following through on George’s recommendations regarding a will, he’d essentially decided to do nothing for now, telling himself that he’d have another opportunity when he returned to Boston in the spring.
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^ Tell me, how often did you think of her, once you’d left?” .
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^ They’d spent the morning exchanging stories; Teresa telling Scott’s aunt about some of his adventures at the ranch, many of them featuring Johnny.
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.Alternatively, people from the suburbs will tell you they are from Boston when in fact they live in one of the nearby (or even outlying) suburbs.^ No one had said much of anything, not even Ben or Paul, though they must have had questions.
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^ And I know,” she said, holding up one hand to ward off his protest, “they are a tools, as you say.
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^ Scott also told her that he hadn’t even had an opportunity to tell his grandfather about the invitation to California before he’d left Boston, let alone decided whether or not to accept it.
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.If in doubt, you can look for "Resident Parking Only" street signs, which will identify what neighborhood you are in.^ Surely a full time staff at the Chestnut Street house will not be necessary, Scott, if you’re not in residence.” .
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Another consequence of this expansion is that the neighborhoods, in addition to their cultural identities, also retained most of their street names, regardless of whether or not Boston -or another absorbed town- already had a street with the same name. .According to a survey by The Boston Globe, there are at least 200 street names that are duplicated in one or more neighborhoods in Boston.^ Chestnut Street, it was, one of several named after trees, though if Teresa had had to guess, she would have said that Scott wasn’t seeing the street or the trees or anything else.
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^ At the very least, it was one more addition to the list of questions he had for George Hayford.
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^ At least now he knew the identity of one of those three unfamiliar names listed as beneficiaries in his grandfather’s will: M.F. Mathieu.
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For instance, Washington Street in Downtown Boston, is different from Washington Street in Dorchester and another Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. This can play havoc with web-based mapping and direction services.
Be aware that geographic references in district names tend to mean little. For example, South Boston is different from the South End, which is actually west of South Boston and north of Dorchester and Roxbury districts. .Some other confusing notables: East Boston and Charlestown are further north than the North End.^ With each passing hour, this train carried him further away from Boston and Scott, further away from a young man he had come to love more than he could have imagined.
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^ Well, I’m thinkin’ you might have ta show us around Boston some other time.” .
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^ But for now Johnny cast about for something else to talk about, some other question about the trip to Boston.
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The West End is in the northern part of town (bordering the North End and Charles River).
.Among Boston's many neighborhoods, the historic areas of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Downtown, the Fenway, the Financial District, Government Center, the North End, and the South End comprise the area considered "Boston Proper."^ Scott found that as they drew nearer to Boston, he was becoming more preoccupied with memories of growing up on Beacon Hill.
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^ As the carriage wound it way through the tree-lined streets of Beacon Hill to the Old West Church, Teresa asked after everyone back at the ranch.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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.It is here where most of the buildings that make up the city's skyline are located.^ Corinna Cushman’s mother was from back East, and was most likely to be up to date on city fashions.
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The Back Bay is one of the few neighborhoods with streets organized on a grid. It is so named because it used to be mud flats on the river, until the city filled in the bay in a land-making project ending in 1862. It is now one of the higher-rent neighborhoods in the city. The north-south streets crossing the axis of Back Bay are organized alphabetically. .Starting from the east, at the Public Garden, and heading west, they are: Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, Exeter, Fairfield, Gloucester (pronounced 'gloster'), and Hereford.^ But the other morning they’d still all been pretending that he and Murdoch would be heading East themselves soon.
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^ He suggested they continue on to where the shoreline turned before heading back, so they started walking once more.
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^ Scott had already considered at length what he might say; he would be able to start writing once they were on the train headed East.
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After Hereford Street is Massachusetts Avenue, more commonly known as Mass. Av., and then Charlesgate, which marks the western boundary of Back Bay. .The alphabetical street names continue a little way into the Fenway neighborhood on the other side of Charlesgate, with Ipswich, Jersey, and Kilmarnock, but the streets are no longer arranged in a grid.^ Lifting her skirts, Teresa ventured a little ways into the surf.
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^ The number had decreased considerably, as he mechanically removed them, straightened them, dropped each one into the wooden box lying on the ground on the other side of the anvil.
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^ When she could no longer continue, she set the needlework aside and announced that she was going to take a short walk.
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.There are also several "districts" you might hear mentioned.^ Miss O’Brien mentioned that you might not be leaving with the Hayfords.” .
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^ Perhaps there might finally be some answers-----but was he prepared to hear them, Scott wondered.
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"Districts" are generally areas of common interest located within a larger neighborhood:
  • Leather District (downtown)
  • SoWa District (south of Washington, South End)
  • Theatre District (south of Chinatown)
  • Waterfront District (South Boston)
  • Ladder District (newer phrase for Downtown Crossing)

Understand

When to visit

New England is unpredictable and becomes very cold in the winter and humid in the summer. .Late May through late September, you'll be comfortable with no jacket or sweater.^ Also, if I may point out, amongst your correspondence you’ll find a telegraph message.
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^ Then you’ll force me to stay through the winter as well.” .
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^ In Boston, close and comfortable, the stars were viewed in smaller sections, as you peered up at them past the rooftops or through the branches of trees.
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.When the heat does start, there are some beaches within the city, and many beaches outside of it, for swimming.^ There were so many names, too many, but only some of them were painfully familiar.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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^ Once outside, he pointed out the City Hall and some of the other buildings nearby as they strolled along the busy street, enjoying the crisp sunshine.
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.The Standells classic "Dirty Water" doesn't apply any more as the water is safe to swim in thanks to the Boston Harbor Cleanup project.^ More than that, Catherine had been his “safe harbor,” a “calm port in the storm” through the challenges and difficulties of life on the ranch.
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.Early summer tends to be nice, but you don't know when that will be year to year.^ You don’t want them to know,” she managed.
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^ I’ve got another few years in me you know, but looking for another place now, at my age .
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^ A couple years after that, I wrote to Harlan and invited you to the ranch for the summer.
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.In that time, the temperature will be perfect, and there will be no humidity.^ It was a long time ago.” There was no edge of any kind to Scott’s voice now, just a dull fatigue.
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^ While no one had ever come to the hacienda to call for her, there had been times when it had been understood that Teresa was ‘meeting someone’ at the dance.
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^ There’d also been the offer of money, travel expenses and “one thousand dollars for one hour of your time.” A bribe, no less.
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The remainder of summer tends to be very warm with uncomfortably high humidity. .Walking, taking a cab, bus, or the "T" (short for MBTA, the public transit system, which is air-conditioned) are all good options for exploring the city.^ When she could no longer continue, she set the needlework aside and announced that she was going to take a short walk.
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.Boston's fall foliage is at or near its peak beauty in mid-October, which also normally offers the advantage of many crisp sunny day (outside the city itself, peak foliage timing depends on how far north or south you venture from Boston.^ The day had been crisp, more fall-like than the previous ones, and so the evening air was considerably cooler as well.
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^ Well, I’m thinkin’ you might have ta show us around Boston some other time.” .
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^ Now what I’d really like ta know, Boston, is if you’ve ever worn the same one for more’n two days runnin’.” .
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)
.If you visit during the less busy wintertime, the Atlantic Ocean has a large moderating effect on temperatures.^ Scott also believed that worries over business concerns might account at least in part for Grandfather’s desperate actions during his visit to the ranch.
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The average low in January is 22F/-5C, so as long as you dress appropriately, you should be fine.

History

.Massachusetts' first governor, John Winthrop, famously called Boston a "shining city on the hill," a reference to Jerusalem and a declaration of the original settlers' intent to build a utopian Christian colony.^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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.From the very beginning, the people who lived there declared their home to be one of the most important cities in the world.^ Lives had been lost, homes destroyed, but most of the burned buildings had housed businesses.
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^ You’ll be the only one there who knows.” .
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^ If, when a man passes on, there are those who remember him fondly, we can say he lived well.” .
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Considering that the American Revolution and modern democracy got their start thanks to Bostonians, and that Winthrop’s quote is still used in modern political speech, one could argue that they were right!
The father of American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes) once called the Boston statehouse "the hub of the solar system," but common usage has expanded to the now-current Hub of the Universe. This half-serious term is all you need to know to understand Boston's complicated self-image. .Vastly important in American history, and for centuries the seat of the USA's social elite, Boston lost prominence in the early twentieth century, largely to the cities of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.^ Teresa had continued to correspond with Melissa even after she had completed her studies in San Francisco and returned to her native Boston.
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^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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^ Regardless, he would be returning to Boston in the spring, and it might be easier to go alone if Teresa were in San Francisco.
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Over the past two decades, Boston has regained political, cultural, and economic importance.
The city was founded in 1630 by members of the Massachusetts Bay colony, Puritan religious dissidents who had fled England to find freedom in the New World. Because of its easily-defended harbor and the fact that it is the closest port to Europe it rapidly assumed a leading role in the fledging New England region, with a booming economy based on trade with the Caribbean and Europe. .The devastating Fire of 1760 destroyed much of the town, but within a few years the city had bounced back.^ Murdoch found that time and the devastating fire had significantly altered much of what he had known.
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^ But the commissions still aren’t back to where they were a year ago, before the fire.
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^ Just as Grandfather had never told him very much about the fire that had, less than a year ago, decimated much of Boston’s commercial district.
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Bostonians were the instigators of the independence movement in the 18th century and the city was the center of America's revolutionary activity during the Colonial period. Several of the first Revolutionary War skirmishes were fought there, including the Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, and the battles of Lexington and Concord -which were fought nearby. Boston's direct involvement in the Revolution ended after the Battle of Bunker Hill and, soon afterwards, the ending of the Siege of Boston by George Washington. .For some time afterwards the city's political leaders continued to have a leading role in developing of the new country's system of government.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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^ He did always take the time to inquire as to how she’d spent her day, made sure to compliment her on her new clothes, reiterated promises to show her the city.
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^ The young woman had returned to that city after spending some time living with an aunt in San Francisco and studying at an institute there.
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The residents' ardent support of independence earned the city the nickname The Cradle of Liberty.
Throughout the 19th century, Boston continued to grow rapidly, assimilating outlying towns into the metropolitan core. Its importance in American culture was inestimable, and its economic and literary elite, the so-called Boston Brahmins assumed the mantle of aristocracy in the United States. Their patronage of the arts and progressive social ideals was unprecedented in the New World, and often conflicted with the city's Puritan foundations. .They helped drive unprecedented scientific, educational and social change that would soon sweep the country.^ But the trip was drawing to a close, and they would be on their way home again soon.
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^ But the other morning they’d still all been pretending that he and Murdoch would be heading East themselves soon.
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^ Most likely they would have been packed home soon after the $1000 interview.
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The Abolitionist movement, anesthesia and the telephone are a few examples of this.
Education was another area that was vitally important to the elites and citizenery in general. .The first public school in America, Boston Latin, was founded in 1635. The oldest elementary school in America, the Mather School, opened in 1635. (Its current structure, built in 1905, is the oldest continuously-operated school building in America.^ It was exceptionally loud and her first few nights in Boston, Teresa had found it very difficult to sleep because of it.
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^ A published historian, Nell had led the fight to successfully integrate the performance halls and public schools of Boston and continued to spearhead the efforts to achieve racial equality.
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) .Harvard College in nearby Cambridge became, and in many ways remains, America's premier center of learning.^ They crossed the Charles River into Cambridge, since Scott wanted to show her Harvard College.
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.Boston was also the first city in America to adopt a public library.^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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At the same time, the city's working class swelled with immigrants from Europe. .The huge Irish influx made Boston one of the most important Irish cities in the world, in or out of Ireland.^ And if that did happen, if Johnny was “called out,” he’d made it abundantly clear that Scott was to “stay out of it.” Not difficult to do, Scott thought grimly, if he was thousands of miles away, in Boston.
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^ Scott picked out one of them, “abuelo”; the Senora had made sure to teach him that one prior to Grandfather’s visit.
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.Gradually the Irish laborer population climbed into city's upper class, evidenced no better than by the continued importance of the Kennedy family in national politics.^ Scott paused for a moment, like he was going to say something, then thought better of it and climbed up into the buckboard.
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From the early twentieth century until the 1970s, Boston's importance on the national stage waned. .Cities in what was once the frontier, like Chicago, San Francisco, and later Los Angeles, shifted the nation's center of gravity away from liberty's cradle.^ And you think I’m going to, that’s why you want to send me away, to San Francisco?” .
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^ The young woman had returned to that city after spending some time living with an aunt in San Francisco and studying at an institute there.
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^ Like the necklace and earrings, arranging for her to spend time studying in San Francisco was intended to be a gift as well.
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In the past two decades, Boston's importance and influence has increased, due to growth in higher education, health care, high technology, and financial services. .It remains America's higher educational center; during the school year, one in five Bostonians is a university student.^ Wed to a professor, Aunt Cee had always been a strong proponent of education and had offered to enroll Teresa in school in Boston if she remained in the city over the winter.
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.There are more college students per square foot in Boston than any other city in the Western Hemisphere.^ As he’d come to know the man, Scott had dared to hope there might be more to the story than that final punctuation point.
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^ Other than following through on George’s recommendations regarding a will, he’d essentially decided to do nothing for now, telling himself that he’d have another opportunity when he returned to Boston in the spring.
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^ And in the end, the woman had rejected her again, though Scott had suggested that there might have been more to it than that.
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.Boston's nicknames include "Beantown", "The Hub" (shortened from Oliver Wendell Holmes' phrase 'The Hub of the Universe'), "The City of Higher Learning" (due to the plethora of universities and colleges in the Boston area) and - particularly in the 19th century - "The Athens of America," on account of its great cultural and intellectual influence.^ Cecilia Holmes’ late husband Elwood, though related to the Boston Holmes’ and an instructor at Bowdoin College, had been no society swell, but simply a Mainer first and foremost.
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^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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.If you don't want to stand out as a tourist, don't refer to Boston by any of these nicknames.^ Do you want to stay here, in Boston?” .
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^ You don’t want them to know,” she managed.
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^ I just figured you might want to take a day before we headed out.
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Locals generally don't use any of them.
  • Logan International Airport [1] (IATA: BOS), Toll free: +1 800-23-LOGAN (56426), radio: AM 1650.
Boston Logan International Airport is the main gateway to Boston and New England. It is in East Boston a few kilometers from downtown. All major U.S. carriers serve Boston Logan with extensive direct connections nationwide. Many European carriers also fly to Boston from their hubs including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic (London), Air France (Paris), Alitalia (Rome), Lufthansa (Frankfurt, Munich), Aer Lingus (Dublin, Shannon), Swiss (Zurich), Icelandair (Reykjavik), Iberia (Madrid) and NWA/KLM (Amsterdam). Getting to Boston from Asia will require at least a one stop connection.
.The Silver Line is a low-floor articulated bus that stops at each terminal every 10 to 15 minutes, from 6AM to 12:45AM every day (5:35AM start M-Sa).^ She’d been wearing the silver sand dollar necklace and earrings every day since Scott had given them to her.
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From the airport the bus travels through the occasionally-clogged Ted Williams Tunnel, and then through a dedicated bus tunnel to an underground stop at South Station. Convenient transfers are available to the Red Line, south-side commuter rail trains, and southwesterly Amtrak trains. The fare is $1.70 with plastic CharlieCard, or $2 cash or CharlieTicket. The Silver Line is best if your final destination is on the Red Line.
To get to the Blue Line, MBTA boat, or parking, take a free Massport shuttle bus. Check the sign on the front of the shuttle for its destination.
The Blue line requires a transfer at the Airport Station to/from a free Massport shuttle to get to/from the terminals. .On your way out of the city, check the signs at the Airport Station to see which terminal you need and which shuttle route goes there.^ There is a gentleman here to see you.” .
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^ So there’s no need for you to worry.” .
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^ Scott, you can just set aside anything that needs to be aired out, or washed or pressed.” She’d stopped beside Johnny, but the words rushed out ahead of her.
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The Airport station was completely rebuilt in 2004. Blue Line fare is $1.70 with plastic CharlieCard, or $2 with cash or CharlieTicket. You can get a CharlieCard for free if you ask the customer service agent near the faregates at Airport station. .This is a good deal; it gets you discounts on all MBTA trains and buses, and free transfers.^ Johnny seemed to know a good deal about Harlan’s will and all that Scott was in line to inherit from his grandfather.
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.You can get this discount on your first ride if you see the agent before you use the ticket vending machine.^ Somewhere during the first hour of travel, you grew resigned to it, proving yet again that a man could get used to anything.
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^ How old were you when you took your first trip?” .
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^ Just didn’t want you gettin’ your hopes up and riding over there for nothin’.” Johnny laughed.
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The last Blue Line train leaves Airport station shortly after about 12:30AM.
From the Blue line, change at Government Center for Green Line trains and at State Street for Orange Line trains. If you need a Red Line train, you could take a Green Line train from Government Center to Park Street, but the Silver Line (see above) is a better bet.
.Taxis are more expensive than in many other cities.^ Feeling less than reassured, Johnny moved to the front of the buggy and sprang up to his seat, then waited while Murdoch climbed up more slowly on the other side.
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^ My grandfather expected me to be independent and to make my own decisions----- something that he came to regret on more than one occasion, as many of you know.” .
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^ Teresa had received a basic education and, in addition, was possessed of a good many practical skills ----and more common sense than most young women her age.
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Fortunately, the airport is very near the city so the fare is not extremely expensive. .It would be about $25 for fares to Boston, and less if you are staying downtown in the financial district.^ Do you want to stay here, in Boston?” .
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^ Just as Grandfather had never told him very much about the fire that had, less than a year ago, decimated much of Boston’s commercial district.
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^ Does that surprise you, that I could feel about Boston the same way that you feel about Lancer?” .
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.If you're not driving or being picked up, you'll need to take a taxis if you are at the airport when the T is not running.^ You go on upstairs and get dressed, now, and I’ll just stir up some oatmeal for breakfast.” .
  • Lancer: Echoes of the Heart 15 September 2009 4:39 UTC peterbrown.tv [Source type: Original source]

^ You’ll be gone a month, I would guess,” he said, looking up at Scott again.
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^ Teresa tells me you’re going up to Maine.” .
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Airporter, Phone: +1 781-899-6161, toll free: +1 877-899-6161 reservations@theairporter.com [2]. Between Logan and the suburbs, door to door.
Driving to Logan from the north, take the Callahan Tunnel; from the south or the west, take the Ted Williams Tunnel. .Routes are well marked, and there is no toll in this direction.^ Well, there was no help for it now.
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^ There was no need to enumerate each one of Teresa’s many good qualities, he knew them all full well, by heart.
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^ It also sounded as if Teresa didn’t know anything about what was going on between Murdoch and Scott; well, there was no need to worry her.
  • Lancer: Echoes of the Heart 15 September 2009 4:39 UTC peterbrown.tv [Source type: Original source]

Driving from the airport to downtown Boston or to points north, including Interstate 93 northbound, take the Sumner Tunnel; for points south and west, including Interstate 93 southbound and Interstate 90, take the Ted Williams Tunnel. There is a $3 toll for either tunnel. Routes are well marked, but the airport road system is complex. .Read the signs carefully and be sure you're in the correct lane, or you may be forced to swerve across several lanes of traffic to catch an unexpected off-ramp.^ Oh, Scott dear, you’re home---did you have a pleasant day?” She smiled warmly and set aside the book she had been reading.
  • Lancer: Echoes of the Heart 15 September 2009 4:39 UTC peterbrown.tv [Source type: Original source]

^ You’re planning to leave in the morning?” As Scott turned to face him, Murdoch’s hand slipped off of his shoulder.
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^ I’m sure you couldn’t wait to get off the train.” .
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Airport Limos Axis Coach, LLC [www.axiscoachusa.com] is a great choice for travel to and from Logan airport or Manchester airport. They have reasonable rates from $79 one way. They are also a good choice for nights out and their knowledgeable chauffeurs also double as tour-guides. .They show you the local flavor of Boston.^ Well, I’m thinkin’ you might have ta show us around Boston some other time.” .
  • Lancer: Echoes of the Heart 15 September 2009 4:39 UTC peterbrown.tv [Source type: Original source]

^ Scott was especially happy that it would be almost autumn when they arrived, though he said he was sorry that he wouldn’t be able to show her “Boston in winter.” .
  • Lancer: Echoes of the Heart 15 September 2009 4:39 UTC peterbrown.tv [Source type: Original source]

^ So how ‘bout you show us how it’s done, Boston.” .
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.If your final destination is a point outside of Boston, you may be better off flying into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (IATA: MHT) [3] (50 miles north of Boston) or T.F. Green Airport (IATA: PVD) [4] (60 miles south of Boston).^ Grandfather had held a firm conviction that Scott would be “better off” in Boston.
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^ Scott had thought the feeling was mutual, but the rebuff he’d been given when he’d finally asked Murdoch why he’d never come to Boston had for a time called that into doubt.
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^ Aunt Cecilia had suggested that Murdoch had left his son in Boston because he’d wisely recognized that Scott was better off living there with his grandfather.
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.Public transportation from these airports to Boston is infrequent, so if your final destination is Boston, renting a car is the best option.^ The revelation of their final destination would inevitably lead to conversation about people and places in the city of Boston.
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General Aviation traffic is mostly served by Hanscom Field (ICAO: KBED) off Route 128/I-95 near Bedford, Lexington and Burlington, northwest of Boston.

By train

Amtrak arrives at South Station, which intersects with the MBTA's Red Line and the waterfront branches of the Silver Line. .You can take the Amtrak Northeast Corridor or Acela Express from South Station all the way to Washington D.C. and beyond.^ You traveled all that way alone?” .
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^ Travel all that ways so that her mother can make the introductions and you can shake the child’s hand?
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^ Not all young men of your age and station are ready for a wife and family, but you were ready, ready to marry Miss Dennison, were you not?
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.Average Acela time from Boston to New York City is 3 1/2 hours, while a trip to Philadelphia takes about 5 hours.^ I’ve already asked the conductor to have a wire sent from New York, letting Aunt Cee know the time of our arrival.” .
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^ In the course of the mid-day meal, they’d discussed Scott and his trip to Boston; Sam hadn’t heard the news about Garrett’s passing and had numerous questions about the impact the event was likely to have on Scott.
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^ He confessed that he’d been reluctant to tell Scott anything about that trip to Boston for that very reason.
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Another popular Amtrak train is the Lake Shore Limited service between Boston and Chicago (requiring a layover in Albany). .This isn't as high quality or high speed as the Acela, but at around $75, the price is right (note that in order to get the low-low fare, you have to purchase your ticket a few weeks in advance).^ Oh, I bet you’ve got two, maybe even three shirts packed in your saddle bags right now.” .
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^ And you know as well as I do that your brother isn’t one to shirk responsibility.” .
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^ Qualities you share with your mother> > he wanted to add, but didn’t.
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.All Amtrak, and most commuter, trains to South Station also stop at Back Bay Station, which is much smaller, but more convenient to Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the South End.^ She’d included all that Scott had requested, but of course there was much more that she wished to say.
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^ Scott found that as they drew nearer to Boston, he was becoming more preoccupied with memories of growing up on Beacon Hill.
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^ She and Scott would return to the hotel in the Smiths’ carriage this evening, and the same vehicle would deliver all four of them to the train station the next day.
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It is on the Orange Line on the subway.
.Amtrak also uses North Station at the TD Banknorth Garden (previously called the Fleet Center) for its Downeaster service via Haverhill to New Hampshire and Maine, with the final stop in Portland.^ In Portland, they changed to the Maine Central line for the trip to Brunswick, disembarking at a large new train station where the Holmes’ carriage waited to take them across town.
  • Lancer: Echoes of the Heart 15 September 2009 4:39 UTC peterbrown.tv [Source type: Original source]

^ They spent a good part of the day aboard the Boston & Maine, traveling north to Portland.
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Remember, Boston's North and South stations are not linked, and are over a mile from one another. In order to travel in between, hop on the inbound Red Line subway at South Station and switch at Downtown Crossing to the Orange Line to North Station. .You could always take a cab, but the subway (known locally as the "T") is significantly cheaper.^ What reasons could he have given for taking the child from the only home he’d ever known?
  • Lancer: Echoes of the Heart 15 September 2009 4:39 UTC peterbrown.tv [Source type: Original source]

^ Jelly, do you think you could get someone to take that trunk up to my room?” .
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.Your best option is to go between North Station and Back Bay station, since they are directly linked by the Orange Line.^ Back then it was understandable that Scott hadn’t ever said anything about being captured, since he hadn’t been at the ranch very long, and they hadn’t known each other very well yet.
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^ I thought they might go well with your pearl necklace.” .
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.If you have a first class Acela ticket, you may use the Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge in the historic, renovated South Station.^ Somewhere during the first hour of travel, you grew resigned to it, proving yet again that a man could get used to anything.
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There is no lounge at Back Bay Station. .You may use Quik Track machines to buy your ticket without standing in line, or to pick up tickets you have reserved online.^ Also, if I may point out, amongst your correspondence you’ll find a telegraph message.
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^ Intent upon picking up a towel he’d left resting on the sand and then using it to dry his hair, he didn’t see her watching him.
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^ Just didn’t want you gettin’ your hopes up and riding over there for nothin’.” Johnny laughed.
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.Arriving by train has the advantage of putting you within easy reach of most downtown destinations by public transit.^ Ever since they’d arrived, Mrs. Holmes had been most considerate about explaining things that she thought might be new or unfamiliar; it made it easy to ask her questions.
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  • Fung Wah Transportation, 700 Atlantic Ave.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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    (South Station)
    , +1 617-338-8308 (), [6]. .Connecting Boston's Chinatown neighborhood with New York's Chinatown (139 Canal St).  edit
  • Greyhound Bus Lines, 700 Atlantic Ave.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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    (South Station)
    , +1 617-526-1800, [7].  edit
  • LimoLiner, +1 309-502-6411, [8]. .A luxury bus transportation offering professionals business services between New York City and Boston.  edit
  • Lucky Star Bus, 700 Atlantic Ave.^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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    ^ Wed to a professor, Aunt Cee had always been a strong proponent of education and had offered to enroll Teresa in school in Boston if she remained in the city over the winter.
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    ^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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    (South Station)
    , +1 617-734-1268, [9]. .Between Boston's South Station and New York's Chinatown.  edit
  • Peter Pan Bus Lines, 700 Atlantic Ave.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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    (South Station)
    , +1 800-343-9999, [10].  .'listing', 'Boston');return false;" title="click to edit Peter Pan Bus Lines">edit
  • Megabus, Back Bay Station, +1 877 462-6342, [11].^ It was another betrayal, and unlike Grandfather’s attempt to use Julie to lure him back to Boston, or to force his return by threatening him with the Degans, this action had never been revealed.
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    ^ Yesterday, Teresa had seemed determined to stay in Boston, insistent that she couldn’t return to the ranch without him, almost as if it was her responsibility to bring him back.
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    ^ In leaving Boston and returning to California, he now felt as if he was turning his back on the child.
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    Connecting Boston with New York. fares start at just $1 when reserved far in advance.  edit
  • BoltBus, South Station, [12]. .Connecting Boston with New York City. fares start at $1 when reserved far in advance.^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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    ^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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     edit
.Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus serve many cities from South Station but are generally much more expensive than the Chinatown buses, with Greyhound and PPB averaging $30 to New York.^ Scott smiled his thanks, realizing guiltily that he must have told her more than a few times how much he disliked traveling by stage.
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^ The changing seasons had figured prominently in his recollections and the demarcation was clearly much more dramatic than it was in California.
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^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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However, eSaver fares available online make the Greyhound fare between Boston & NYC as low as $15 each way. .The Chinatown buses (AKA Dragon Buses) and BoltBus now use South Station also and serve Hartford, Connecticut and New York City.^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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Some Chinatown buses average $12.50 one way. .BoltBus and Megabus also include free wi-fi aboard most buses to New York City.^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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.It should be noted that Fung Wah Transportation has been in the headlines for several accidents involving its buses in 2006 and 2007. Despite having stayed out of trouble in the past several years, it maintains a somewhat poor reputation around the city.^ She couldn’t have stayed here, but we thought of sending the girl out of the city, finding someone willing to adopt the infant.
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^ Well, Scott and Murdoch certainly lacked a history as well, but despite that, Scott must have forgiven Murdoch for all those years apart; he would never have agreed to stay otherwise.
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^ Despite having maintained a careful silence on the subject for so long, the words had come almost easily.
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By car

.If you are driving in, you may seriously want to consider dropping your car at a lot and taking the "T" in.^ You have a lot on your mind, and a lot to take care of.
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^ Scott, dear, why don’t you take your father to the sitting room?
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^ I want you to know how very much I loved your mother.
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.If you're heading downtown for the touristy sites, you will consider having a car a curse rather than a blessing.^ Scott considered that he’d prefer to see to the task himself rather than leave Brunswick to be re-shod in his absence, so he’d thanked José for the reminder and asked him to stop by the smithy.
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Parking at MBTA commuter rail and terminal subway locations is usually cheaper than parking in the city. In particular, the Riverside (Grove Street) stop at the end of the Green D line is right off I-95, and is $5.75 to park ALL DAY. You can even park overnight for something like a dollar more. Commuter rail stations are even cheaper. See the Public Transit section in the "Get around" section below.
.Boston has two major highways entering it, I-93 and I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike, or "Mass Pike", or "Pike"; locals do not usually call it "I-90", though they will know what you are refering to).^ Scott planned to let his father and brother know they were departing from Boston by sending a wire the day they boarded the westbound train.
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^ And I know,” she said, holding up one hand to ward off his protest, “they are a tools, as you say.
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^ The line had given Scott pause, even though he knew that his friend was merely referring to the stories they’d told of their boyhood adventures.
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I-93 enters the city from the north and the south; the section running from Boston southward is referred to as the "Southeast Expressway" but the northern section is just "93 North." The Pike enters Boston from the west. .The Mass Pike is a toll road - expect to pay $1.25 to enter the city via the Pike, in addition to the tolls charged when arriving at the I-90 / I-95 interchange in Weston, just outside the city (variable based on distance travelled, max price is $3.85 if you drive all the way from the automatic ticket machines near the New York border).^ You traveled all that way alone?” .
  • Lancer: Echoes of the Heart 15 September 2009 4:39 UTC peterbrown.tv [Source type: Original source]

^ Travel all that ways so that her mother can make the introductions and you can shake the child’s hand?
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^ Scott, we’re sorry, we’re all sorry that you’ve had such sad news.” .
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.Also, if you enter The Pike in East Boston (at Logan Airport) the toll is $3.50. There are minor roads, of course, that enter Boston as well, including Route 9 (Old Worcester Turnpike), Route 2, and US 1. Another major highway, I-95 (also known as Route 128) encircles the Boston area.^ Well, maybe Scott and Murdoch had talked some, while the Old Man was in Boston.
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^ She’d included all that Scott had requested, but of course there was much more that she wished to say.
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^ Well, I’m thinkin’ you might have ta show us around Boston some other time.” .
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.There are many car rental places around Boston, but one of the most unique is Zipcar, an hourly car rental service.^ There was no need to enumerate each one of Teresa’s many good qualities, he knew them all full well, by heart.
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^ But for the most part, it was almost as if the trip to Boston hadn’t taken place.
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^ Today though, he’d talked quite a bit about Boston, outlining the events that would take place there as well as describing his house and the people she would meet.
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If you don't plan to do much driving, this may be an economical alternative to owning a car. If you want to use Zipcar, you should try signing up in advance (students of universities in Boston may be able to get a discount). Rental fees and taxes differ between Boston and Cambridge, but the rental agencies at Logan Airport (in East Boston) are still usually less expensive and have a greater fleet of cars available.
In addition to the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), the Sumner Tunnel is a toll road (coming from the airport only), along with the Ted Williams Tunnel (from airport only), and the Tobin Bridge (southbound/from the North Shore only).
.If driving on a major highway during rush hour, do not be surprised to see cars driving in the breakdown lane on the shoulder.^ Now that the lamps inside the car were lit he could no longer actually see anything outside, but that wasn’t what he’d stared at for the past hour anyway.
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This is permitted in certain areas, at certain times, as indicated by signs along the road.
As a general rule, especially as a tourist unfamiliar with the city, alternatives are favored over driving - even when just getting in or out of the city. Boston is one of the densest major cities in the U.S. - perfect for walking, biking, or using the collection of mass transit systems known as the T. Driving can be confusing and dangerous with numerous one way streets, narrow roads, and continuous road construction. Driving conditions have improved after the completion of the infamous Big Dig, but it is still not recommended to those unfamiliar with the area.
  • MBTA ferries[13] from Hingham, Hull, and Quincy.
  • Cruise ships dock at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, One Black Falcon Av., Phone: +1 617-330-1500 [14]. The MBTA Silver Line bus serves the port.

By Thumb

.Due to the extensiveness of Boston's light rail and subway system, with lines going out into the suburbs, and commuter rail going even further, hitchhiking into Boston has a much larger margin of error than it would in many other US cities.^ Other than following through on George’s recommendations regarding a will, he’d essentially decided to do nothing for now, telling himself that he’d have another opportunity when he returned to Boston in the spring.
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^ When he arrived home, Scott directed James to go ahead into the carriage house, indicating that he’d get out there and make the short walk to the rear entrance.
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^ Teresa had wondered if they might not get out and see something of the city, but in the business of settling into the hotel, she’d neglected to ask.
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.One need only find a ride to somewhere in the vicinity of Boston, and from there hop on a train into the city.^ The next morning they were up and out very early again, with another short train ride along the coast to the city of Bath and from there a bumpy journey by wagon to Phippsburg.
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^ There was no need to enumerate each one of Teresa’s many good qualities, he knew them all full well, by heart.
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^ It had only been once they’d boarded the train for the relatively short ride to Sacramento that she’d had an opportunity to talk with Scott.
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Get around

Navigating the streets of Boston is difficult if you are not familiar with the area. .While other American cities have their streets laid out in a grid (New York, Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix), or along a river, lake, or other geographical feature (New Orleans, Cleveland), the modern streets of Boston are a twisty and seemingly incomprehensible maze.^ As the carriage moved along Chestnut Street, Scott pointed out the Hayfords’ house.
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^ Tired of looking out at the busy city street, Teresa glanced sadly over at Scott.
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^ The route would take them through many large cities, including Chicago and New York.
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Boston in the 1600s was a narrow peninsula surrounded by farmland and distant settlements. Landfill, urban expansion, waves of radical economic change, and new technologies have seen sensible street patterns added on to and collide in less sensible ways. Due to dense development, the older street patterns have largely remained in place without being adapted to their modern surroundings. In this way, Boston is more similar to old European cities than most typical large American cities that were well planned, expanded into unsettled land, or were mainly settled in the late 20th century.

Driving

Driving is to be avoided if possible. Boston is known as an excellent walking city, and has excellent public transit [15] relative to the size of the city itself and inner suburbs. Most tourist attractions are well served by the subway system, and walking will allow you to see the top tourist sights with ease.
Signage is generally poor, and the names of major streets are usually unmarked when crossing minor streets. .There are many one-way streets, often arranged haphazardly.^ There was no need to enumerate each one of Teresa’s many good qualities, he knew them all full well, by heart.
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^ Well, sometimes there is a sewing circle or quilting bee in town, and often one of the ranches will host a dance or a social on the weekend.
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Street names are duplicated in different neighborhoods (due to municipal consolidations in the 1800s and early 1900s). Even Bostonians can easily get lost. Navigating from "square" to "square" (major intersections - usually not actually square or really any consistent shape) is one navigational technique. .Some parts of the city are difficult to reach from other nearby parts, prompting the local expression, "Ya cain't get theyah from hee-ah!^ It was more difficult to excuse his grandfather for some of the other details contained in the file labeled “Murdoch Lancer.” .
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^ Once outside, he pointed out the City Hall and some of the other buildings nearby as they strolled along the busy street, enjoying the crisp sunshine.
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.(You can't get there from here!^ There is a gentleman here to see you.” .
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^ There are two men here to see you.
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^ There are still things I need to settle here, but you should still go, and keep Mrs. Hayford company.” .
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)"
.Avoid driving at morning or evening rush hour; highways and streets can become quite congested.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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(Peak times vary, depending on relative distance from downtown.) Public transit also becomes very crowded during rush hour, and just before and after major sporting events and public celebrations.
.If you do chose to drive, watch out for double-parked vehicles, travel lanes that suddenly become parking lanes, lanes that disappear as you cross intersections, jaywalkers, and bicyclists coasting through red lights or lane splitting.^ In fact, Miss O’Brien and I are going out for a drive this afternoon---- perhaps you might pack us up a box?” .
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^ When you came back from McCall’s Crossing, you were worried about word getting out that you were working again.” .
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Give taxi drivers extra room; do not pass stopped trolleys on the right. .Allow buses to merge back into traffic instead of trying to pass them quickly.^ So’s she workin’ with the old man now, writin’ t’ try to talk ya into going back East?” .
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^ After the Harpers had departed, they’d quickly fallen back into the daily routine and become occupied with other things.
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^ They’d risen from their seats, but instead of stepping out into the aisle to allow her to pass, Scott had stood for a moment, blocking her way, and he’d said it again.
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If you encounter train tracks in the road, be aware that they can be slippery, especially when wet. Hold the steering wheel tightly to avoid being dragged off course. .If you encounter a rotary, remember that Massachusetts state law gives the right of way to traffic in a rotary, also known as a roundabout in other parts in the world.^ They’d already talked about their arrival, deciding that they wouldn’t make any sort of announcement or do anything to make their feelings for each other known right away.
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The only toll road in the area is the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate I-90), with various prices depending on entrance and exit points. .Other tolls include the Ted Williams and Sumner Tunnels, each of which charges $3.50 when coming back from Logan Airport into downtown.^ Then perhaps William would come back home.” .
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^ When Johnny had whispered those words into her ear, she’d thought he was joking; of course Scott would come back to Lancer.
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^ After the Harpers had departed, they’d quickly fallen back into the daily routine and become occupied with other things.
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.The Tobin Bridge on Route 1 headed southbound toward downtown charges $3. Have cash on hand for these roads as checks and credit card are not accepted.^ Amelia Hayford was sitting on the sofa, her head bent towards the wooden hoop in one hand, plying a needle with the other.
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Parking

.Parking can be expensive, up to $40/day downtown on a weekday, though $20 and $7 deals can be found if you are willing to walk.^ And I hope you’ll change your mind and sit up front with us---- that is, if you’re willing to take my opinion over that of Mr. Harper.” .
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^ Once Johnny and “the Walts” had headed off for their day of stream clearing, Scott had sought out José and found him hitching up the team.
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.Most cheap or free street parking is permitted as resident only and requires a special sticker, or is metered and has a 2-hour time limit.^ Surely a full time staff at the Chestnut Street house will not be necessary, Scott, if you’re not in residence.” .
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^ Hayford was most interested in the prospect of Wade and his bride taking up residence in the house across the street.
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Parallel parking is a necessary skill for street parking. .Believe it or not, you can park in a space that is only a few inches larger than your car, if you don't mind scrapes on your bumpers and take advantages of the bounciness of cars' suspensions.^ You have a lot on your mind, and a lot to take care of.
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^ My father.”> > Those words evoked very different feelings now than they had only a few years before.
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^ I should be thanking you, Mrs. Hudson, not only for your years of service, but most especially for those cookies.
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Garages are located at Quincy Market, the Aquarium, the new State Street Financial Center, the Theater District and the Boston Common. There are three levels of parking under the Common. .The garage is very clean and its central location makes it a good starting point for a day trip in the city.^ I had enough money saved for the trip and to make some sort of a start in California.
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To get in and out of the garage, there are four pavilions on the Common; each has stairs and an elevator. .Once out of the garage, the Park Street and Boylston Street subway stops are only a two or three minute walk away.^ The next day, the three of them walked down to the fort and back, stopping to call at a friend’s house along the way.
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^ But Scott was afraid that once he saw Marie Christine, he might not have the strength to walk away.
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^ Then he simply turned and walked out, leaving behind an empty wineglass, a plate of barely touched food and three stunned family members.
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.As a rule, if you think you may be illegally parked, you probably are.^ I think, Mr. Nell, you may perhaps recall that he wasn’t exactly in favor of the idea.” .
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^ It’s not spite, whatever you may think.” .
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.Read the street signs very carefully.^ At least Murdoch assumed it was still there, carefully sealed inside its envelope, for if Scott had read it, his son gave no sign.
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.Watch for street cleaning, resident-only parking zones, and commercial parking zones - all of which will vary depending on the day and time.^ With hindsight, it was significant that in all the time they’d spent together and the various subjects they’d discussed, certain topics had been avoided.
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^ Surely a full time staff at the Chestnut Street house will not be necessary, Scott, if you’re not in residence.” .
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Parking meters are enforced heavily throughout the city. Meters in different parts of the city will turn off at different times (ie. 8PM downtown or 6PM in many other neighborhoods). A broken meter entitles you to the posted time limit without having to pay.
The rapid transit lines of the MBTA system. (Bus, commuter rail, and boat not shown.)
The rapid transit lines of the MBTA system. (Bus, commuter rail, and boat not shown.)
Public transit in Boston is convenient and relatively inexpensive, and can take you directly to most everything. A single public transit agency serves the Boston Metro area, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ("MBTA", or "the T" for short). The MBTA is the fourth-largest transit system in the U.S. For complete schedules, maps, and other information, see their official website at [16].
After decades of using tokens for fare payment, the entire MBTA system was converted in 2007 to an electronic CharlieCard and CharlieTicket system. Dispensing machines at all stations accept cash, credit cards, and debit cards. .If you go straight to a dispensing machine, you'll get a paper CharlieTicket with magnetic stripe.^ You go on upstairs and get dressed, now, and I’ll just stir up some oatmeal for breakfast.” .
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^ Now, if you’ll excuse us, Ladies, it’s time to go in to dinner.
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^ Go ahead, I’ll see you inside.” .
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.If you have time, first ask an attendant at any underground station for a plastic CharlieCard, which is a contactless "smart card". The Card is free and will give you a discount on all subway and bus fares, and it's the only way to get free transfers to and from buses.^ You traveled all that way alone?” .
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^ But, that’s good, gives you some time .
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^ The three women riding opposite had journeyed all the way to Stockton, so Scott had been the only gentleman other than the stage driver and his outrider at the way station the night before.
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Bicycles are sometimes welcome on the MBTA. Bikes are allowed on the Blue, Red, and Orange subway lines except at peak hours, but are not allowed on the Green and Silver lines. Bikes are always allowed on MBTA buses that are equipped with bike racks. The MBTA is currently installing bike racks on many bus routes - check the MBTA website for the latest updates. Bikes are allowed on MBTA boats and ferries at any time. .On commuter rail trains, they are allowed anytime except weekday rush hours, as noted on individual train line schedules.^ The grey-uniformed conductor announced that they would have almost two hours, since the train was picking up additional cars.
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^ While packing for the trip to Maine, he’d made a mental note to bring the envelope along, but had only remembered it after they’d boarded the train in Boston.
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The T consists of several components: subway, bus, water shuttles, and commuter rail.
.Full-color system maps are available at major stations; you may need to ask an agent if you would like one.^ Scott, where would you like these?” .
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^ Something simple and straightforward to start with, which of course would need to be revised as your own circumstances change, if you were to marry or have children.
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^ Well, perhaps there’s one thing you haven’t heard yet, as I did ask Aunt Cecilia not to say anything.” .
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.They are extremely useful for locals and travelers getting a bit off the beaten track, because they show all bus, rapid transit, commuter rail, and boat lines.^ Finding it much easier to think about what they might do, rather than what they might talk about, Scott had used a portion of his wakeful night to plan their travels about the city.
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^ Because they were going back to Brunswick, she put on traveling clothes.
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^ But Scott had explained that all of their luggage would be stored in the drawing room, and that they would share use of the comfortable and private space during the day.
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.Most of the T maps you will see only show the rapid transit lines, which are identified by color.^ I should be thanking you, Mrs. Hudson, not only for your years of service, but most especially for those cookies.
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.If you have a color printer, you can even make one yourself by printing the PDF version online.^ Look, Murdoch, you said yourself it’d be more’n two weeks travel just to be there for that one day.
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^ My grandfather expected me to be independent and to make my own decisions----- something that he came to regret on more than one occasion, as many of you know.” .
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(Front [17], back [18].)

Subway (or "the T")

The subway is composed of four color-coded rail lines, the Red Line, Orange Line, Green Line, and Blue Line. Short of particular non-touristy spots in the suburbs, the subway can get you anywhere.
.The Green Line splits into four branches going west that are known as the B, C, D and E lines (from north to south).^ But had he known that Scott was going west, surely Grandfather would have told him about Murdoch’s journey east.
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.Going west on the Green Line, the E line branches off at Copley Square station, the other three split at Kenmore Square station.^ Well, before you go ridin’ off to Green River, you should know Irene ain’t there any more.
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Just after the lines split, these lines all run above ground and become "streetcar" lines. .The B line branch of the Green Line runs through Boston University and ends at Boston College; therefore, during the school year, B-line trolleys are often very crowded with students, particularly at night.^ It felt good to get out and walk around a bit and the grounds of the college were very pretty, with tree-lined walkways and handsome brick buildings.
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^ It was exceptionally loud and her first few nights in Boston, Teresa had found it very difficult to sleep because of it.
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^ Now widowed, Cecilia Holmes continued to spend time at her Maine residence during the summer months, but the rest of the year resided with her brother in Boston.
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The Red Line splits in two directions going south that are known as the Braintree and Ashmont branches, the latter of which connects to a streetcar line to Mattapan. Going south, the Red Line splits at JFK/UMass station.
.When Bostonians say that they use the T, they're almost always referring to the subway, though the other modes of mass transit (bus, commuter rail, etc.^ Much as they’d taken pleasure in each other’s company, it had always been understood that it wouldn’t amount to anything.
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^ The line had given Scott pause, even though he knew that his friend was merely referring to the stories they’d told of their boyhood adventures.
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^ He imagined hearing his father’s voice saying the words even though they had never had this conversation; in truth, they’d hardly ever spoken of her at all.
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) are still technically part of the T. While the MBTA refers to the Silver Line as a subway route (it appears on subway maps), most Bostonians consider it part of the bus system.
The subway system is slightly confusing in that directions are often marked "inbound" and "outbound", rather than with a destination. ."Inbound" means "into the center of Boston", where all four lines converge at four stops: State (Blue and Orange), Park Street (Red and Green), Government Center (Blue and Green), and Downtown Crossing (Orange and Red).^ And if he had actually sent a letter, how, after all, would he ever have known if it had arrived safely in Boston, let alone made it’s way into Scott’s hands?
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."Outbound" means "away from the center of Boston". Once one is in the center, signs generally give the direction ("eastbound") or the last stop on the line in that direction ("Alewife").^ Once his mother had left the room, Will resumed his seat, gesturing in the general direction of the liquor cabinet against the far wall.
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^ The last image was one of Scott in uniform, standing next to an older man, a general.
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.All trains are signed with the last stop in the direction they are headed, and this is the best way to know if you are going in the right direction.^ It was probably best, that she didn’t know it all.
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^ You gonna be all right?” He asked Scott’s bowed head.
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^ You traveled all that way alone?” .
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.Note that most Green Line trains do not go all the way to the end of the line at Lechmere; most turn around either at North Station or Government Center.^ Holmes’ voice pushed them apart, when she came around to the bottom of the narrow staircase to announce that the man had arrived with the wagon to take them to the train station in Bath.
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^ She and Scott would return to the hotel in the Smiths’ carriage this evening, and the same vehicle would deliver all four of them to the train station the next day.
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^ The train had pulled into the Sacramento station around noon and Will had arranged for Mrs. Harding and her son Asa to join them for supper in the Eagle restaurant.
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.If you are traveling farther than Government Center, your best bet is to get on the first train that comes, and then wait at the stop where you are forced to leave the train for the next Lechmere or North Station train.^ Somewhere during the first hour of travel, you grew resigned to it, proving yet again that a man could get used to anything.
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^ It’s nice that your grandfather was always there waiting for you.” .
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^ They retired a bit earlier than was usual, since they needed to meet the train promptly the next morning.
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.(Depending where you are, Lechmere trains might not stop there.^ If Angel only sent a few letters and then stopped, that might have seemed to him all the more reason not to tell you anything.
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)
Subway and light rail service generally does not run between 1 AM and 5AM. (The same goes for the commuter rail lines - usually midnight or before.) Each line (Green, Blue, etc.) has a ."last train" time, starting at one end of the line and going to the other.^ Instead, Scott carefully aligned the gloves, one on top of the other, palms facing, while he carefully lined up his next words.
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^ As she had already one hundred times today, Teresa reached up with one hand to check that first one, then the other, pearl earring was still securely in place.
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^ Murdoch had come to view it as his one last opportunity, certain that if he ever actually sent a letter to Scott, that would be the end of it.
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.Check the schedule in advance if you are going to be out late.^ Teresa, dear, could you please go out and let Scott know that breakfast will be ready in fifteen minutes?” .
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^ You two go along now and do some catching up; Teresa and I will check on the staff.” .
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^ In fact, Miss O’Brien and I are going out for a drive this afternoon---- perhaps you might pack us up a box?” .
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.Sometimes the last train is delayed due to passenger load or the need to wait for the last connection from another line, so you might get lucky if you are running late.^ Bottom line, Scott had been pretty quick to agree that “another time” might be better.
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^ I’m sure you couldn’t wait to get off the train.” .
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^ Now he and Scott were standing side by side on the platform, amidst the coming and going of passengers and railroad employees, waiting for the call to board the train.
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.Check with a T employee near the faregates to see if you've missed the last train or not.^ The conversation you had today, with Mrs. Mathieu--I see no reason to trouble Miss O’Brien with such things.” .
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^ I’ll tell ‘im you’ve missed him.” But he gestured to Hank anyway, and the barkeep poured a shot for Irene, skillfully sliding it the length of the bar.
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A general rule of thumb is to be in the station by midnight to safely catch the last train.
.Unlimited-ride subway and bus passes are available from the T. If you're going to be riding a lot around town, these are worth investigating.^ Teresa tells me you’re going up to Maine.” .
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^ Well, if you’re going to live there, you should have the freedom to use the house as you wish.
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^ We’re gonna have lots of time t’ talk, Scott, with you and Teresa gone.” .
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See the link [19] for complete fare information on passes. Buy a CharlieCard 1 day pass for $9 or a 7 day unlimited pass for $15. The 7-Day LinkPass is valid for 7 days from the date and time of purchase. .The LinkPass gives you unlimited travel on Subway, Local Bus, Inner Harbor Ferry, and Commuter Rail Zone 1A. (Note that Commuter Rail and boats do not accept CharlieCards, so you must use a CharlieTicket for these services.^ Somewhere during the first hour of travel, you grew resigned to it, proving yet again that a man could get used to anything.
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^ But you must wait--wait for a good man, one who will give you his heart.” .
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)
The cost of a one-way ride on the MBTA Subway is $1.70 plus FREE subway and local bus transfers (if done on a CharlieCard), or $2 if done on a Charlie Ticket or paying by cash. This will get you to most destinations. .Parking at the Alewife station on the Red line is ample but will cost you $7 no matter when you come and go (for each 24 hour period).^ I had no idea you were coming, Julie.” .
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^ No, Scott Lancer, now you’re not going to get off that easily.” .
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^ Included in the payroll is the additional income above those costs, income Uncle Harlan took for himself, and which I presume will go to you as owner.
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.Riverside Station just off I-95 has plentiful parking for $3.75 for ALL DAY. Additional suburban parking is available in Quincy, Braintree, and many Commuter Rail stops.^ If Scott had been listening at all to Murdoch’s plans for the next few days, then he knew just how early Johnny and the rest of the men would be heading out.
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^ She and Scott would return to the hotel in the Smiths’ carriage this evening, and the same vehicle would deliver all four of them to the train station the next day.
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^ The Old Man sure hadn’t hesitated to announce that his second wife had run off on him, just picked up and left, kid and all.
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By bus

.Regular bus service (the vast majority of buses) is usually slower than rapid transit, but is also cheaper and may take you closer to your final destination.^ Also, if I may point out, amongst your correspondence you’ll find a telegraph message.
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^ I should be thanking you, Mrs. Hudson, not only for your years of service, but most especially for those cookies.
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^ Scott, dear, why don’t you take your father to the sitting room?
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Express buses are faster, more expensive, and travel longer distances. CharlieCard users get free transfers and pay $1.25 for regular bus, $2.80 for Inner Express, and $4 for Outer Express (check the schedule to know which line is which). Charlie Ticket or cash customers pay $1.50 for regular bus, $3.50 for Inner Express, and $5 for Outer Express, with no free transfers.
Note that the Silver Line bus rapid transit line is split into discontinuous segments. Routes SL1 and SL2, departing from South Station, are considered part of the subway system (though their vehicles are dual-mode electric/diesel buses) and have free underground transfers to the Red Line. Routes SL4 and SL5 are considered part of the bus system, and have the lower local bus fare fare. Although Route SL4 also stops at South Station, it stops outside the station complex, and transfers between SL4 and the other Silver Line routes or the Red Line are only free with a CharlieCard.

Water shuttle

.The MBTA runs a number of water shuttles[20], but the most useful for tourists is the shuttle from Long Wharf to Navy Yard [21], which costs $1.70. This provides a convenient connection between the USS Constitution Museum and the area around Faneuil Hall and the New England Aquarium.^ Audra had much to recommend her---she had a pleasant, gentle demeanor, she was used to life on a ranch, and she was most definitely attractive, with long golden blond hair.
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.There's also a shuttle from Long Wharf to Logan Airport, but it runs relatively infrequently, so the Blue Line is your best bet for getting between these two destinations.^ Oh, I bet you’ve got two, maybe even three shirts packed in your saddle bags right now.” .
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^ The way I see it, none a that matters much now, long as things were squared between the two a you.” .
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There are also non-MBTA public ferries available from several ports, notably the Aquarium and Long Wharf, and a water taxi service on the waterfront.

Commuter rail

Commuter rail [22] in Boston is primarily used for traveling to towns outside of the city. Due to its limited frequency compared to the subway, it is not generally recommended for travel within the city itself. An exception is travel between Back Bay Station and South Station, which is served by 5 commuter rail branches on weekdays and is free one way. Commuter rail fares range from $1.70 to $7.75 one way, although any ticket to or from the city is at least $4.25. Tickets can be bought on board trains, but at a slight surcharge. Passengers can ride for free from Back Bay to South Station, but must buy a ticket for $1.70 to travel from South Station to Back Bay.
Trains heading north of the city leave from North Station, while those heading south or west leave from South Station. Both stations have connections to the subway: North Station is on the Green and Orange Lines, and South Station is on the Red and Silver Lines. .The two stations are not directly connected: you cannot board a train north of the city and take it to a point south of the city.^ Holmes’ voice pushed them apart, when she came around to the bottom of the narrow staircase to announce that the man had arrived with the wagon to take them to the train station in Bath.
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^ When the awkward conversation reached its conclusion, they delivered Mrs. Mathieu to a boarding house near the train station.
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^ But Grandfather put me on the train in Boston and Uncle Elwood was waiting at the station in Brunswick to take me off.
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.Such a journey will require a subway ride in-between train trips to make the connection.^ So far the return train trip had been uneventful, almost routine in contrast to the great adventure of the eastward journey, when everything had been so strange and new.
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Taxi

Your current alternative to late-night public transit is a taxi. Taxis can be hailed at any significant street corner, such as Kenmore Square or Copley Square. .Expect to spend at least $5 and possibly up to $30 in the immediate surroundings (this includes the initial fare, a small tip for the driver, small one-way streets, bad traffic, construction, tolls for bridges, tolls for tunnels, tolls for the Mass Pike, and any wait time).^ A picket fence,” he announced, gesturing with one hand towards the one surrounding the small yard.
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.To get further out of Boston, expect to spend much more (for example, from the airport to Wellesley, a Boston suburb, would be around $80, which includes the actual driving and tolls along the way).^ Apparently the rest of the baggage was still on the way, along with some boxes Scott had shipped from Boston.
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^ Eventually, however, the conversation worked its way back to what Scott would be leaving behind in Boston.
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^ The rest of their luggage would follow by wagon from Stockton, along with several boxes from Boston, and the crate containing Catherine’s portrait.
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Fun fact, as of summer 2009, Boston has the most expensive taxis of any major American city.

By foot

Boston's downtown core is compact and easily walkable. Most tourist attractions can be visited on foot, although some neighborhoods require rail and/or bus connections. The climate is cold from December to April, and the city is the most windy in America. Snow can also be an obstacle.
.If late at night, you feel you can deal neither with the cost of a taxi nor the wait involved with the MBTA, then Boston is a relatively small and safe city and walking is an option.^ Did the two of you have a pleasant walk last night?” .
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^ Murdoch wrote that after Johnny’s birth, “I wanted to bring you home.” But it had been “complicated” because of the cost and the length of time needed for a trip to Boston.
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^ Does that surprise you, that I could feel about Boston the same way that you feel about Lancer?” .
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.Just remember to use the same sense you would in any city.^ And Johnny—Johnny would probably just get on the first eastbound train and come right after you.” .
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^ Maybe you can use some of those big city accountin’ methods.” .
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^ Probably would do just fine in the big city too.
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By bicycle

.Many Boston residents use bicycling as their primary mode of transit all year round, and Boston's small size and relative flatness make biking an appealing way to get around.^ Travel all that ways so that her mother can make the introductions and you can shake the child’s hand?
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^ Now widowed, Cecilia Holmes continued to spend time at her Maine residence during the summer months, but the rest of the year resided with her brother in Boston.
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^ Staring at the framed image in his hand, he remembered this same serious child’s face gazing up at him, so many years ago, remembered shaking that small hand.
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Boston lacks many amenities for bicyclists, however, as the roads are covered with potholes and absent of designated bicycle lanes or bicycle racks, so visitors wishing to travel by bicycle should have excellent urban riding skills prior to renting a bicycle. .Riding on the sidewalk is illegal in the city of Cambridge, and frowned upon in Boston, and being well-lit in the evenings is important both for following regulations and for being safe.^ Even the painful memories associated with being here in Boston.
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^ Oh, he frankly explained that he hadn’t felt capable of taking care of an infant; he’d been relieved to know that Scott was safe and well provided for in Boston.
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^ There had never been any question but that Scott would be well cared for, and most of all, safe, growing up in Boston.
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.Recent efforts by Mayor Thomas Menino promise increased city investment in bicycling as a viable mode of transportation, and the mayor himself has taken up biking around town.^ Teresa had mentioned that it had been Melissa Harper who had taken her shopping and shown her around the city, because Scott had been spending so much of his time at his grandfather’s office.
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^ Johnny had apparently decided that forced activity was the answer, so he’d offered himself up at the chessboard, and insisted that he needed company on the ride to town the next Saturday night.
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.A central transit for bikers in Boston is the Southwest Corridor Bike Path, a major park/bike way placed along a route once slated for a major freeway system.^ Apparently the rest of the baggage was still on the way, along with some boxes Scott had shipped from Boston.
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^ She fit comfortably in his arms and it was easy to carry her, even while having to pick his way along the beaten path that wound through the grass and boulder - studded ground.
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^ The short missive was direct and to the point; Murdoch made his request, offered to meet Scott somewhere along the route, even travel to Boston if necessary.
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.This runs parallel to the T's Orange Line and connects Forest Hills to the Back Bay.^ As the carriage wound it way through the tree-lined streets of Beacon Hill to the Old West Church, Teresa asked after everyone back at the ranch.
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This is an excellent means of transit if you intend on staying in Jamaica Plain.
  • Boston Bicycle (Cambridge Bicycle), +1 617-236-0752, [23]. $25/day.  edit
  • Urban AdvenTours, +1 800-979-3370, [24]. Offers guided bicycle tours for various skill levels. Also provides bike rentals and bike deliveries. New location at 103 Atlantic Avenue in the North End.  edit

See

.There are several visitor pass programs that offer discounted or free admission to a number of the sites listed below, among them the GoBoston Card [25] and the CityPass [26].^ The Link below leads to a listing of the names found on each tablet along with the date of death and where they fell; the site also contains translations of the Latin inscriptions.
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.Depending on the length of your stay and what you want to see, either program could potentially save you quite a bit of money.^ Do you want to stay here, in Boston?” .
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^ I just wanted to see how you were.” .
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^ You asked your grandfather to loan him money, though you never told me about it.
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Boston Children's Museum, 300 Congress St., Daily 10AM-5PM (F until 9PM), Phone: +1 617-426-7336 [27]. Adults $10, Ages 2-15 $7, Age 1 $2.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. (Museum of Fine Arts station, Green Line, E Train), Phone: +1 617 267-9300, [28]. (Free for ages 7-17 after 3PM weekdays, all weekend, and public school holidays; entrance fees are optional on Wednesdays from 4-9:45PM). Boston's largest and most comprehensive art museum, and also one of the pricier museums in the US. Currently undergoing an expansion project, it is also known for its impressive assortment of French Impressionist paintings, with the largest collection of Monet paintings outside of Paris; it also has extraordinary collections of Egyptian and Japanese art, one of the major American collections of art from ancient Greece and Rome, one of the most comprehensive collections of American art, and one of the largest and finest print collections in the United States.
  • The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, 1 Oxford St,, Cambridge, Phone: +1 617-495-2779, [29]. T stop: Red Line to "Harvard Square". M-F, 11AM-4PM. Free and open to the public. Closed on University Holidays. Has over 20,000 objects dating from 1400 to present day.
  • Harvard Art Museum, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge (Harvard Square Station, Red Line), Phone: +1 617-495-9400. M-Sa 10AM-5PM; Su 1PM-5PM, except school holidays.
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, Phone: +1 617-495-3045 [30]. T stop: Red Line to "Harvard Square". 9AM-5PM daily. Its amazing "Glass Flowers" collection has been a major tourist attraction for nearly 100 years.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. (Courthouse Station, Silver Line), +1 617 478-3100 [31]. The much-anticipated new building designed by starchitects Diller+Scofidio, the ICA is on Fan Pier on the South Boston Waterfront.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway (MFA Station, Green E Line), Phone: +1 617-566-1401 [32]. The villa-turned-museum of an eccentric Bostonian, the Gardner features an eclectic collection of European objects, beautiful floral displays, and was the site of a spectacular painting heist in 1990. Students $5.
  • MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. (Red Line to either "Central Square Station" or "Kendall Square/MIT"), Phone: +1 617-253-5927 [33] Daily 9AM–8PM until June 30, 2007. The MIT Museum is a place that explores invention, ideas, and innovation. Home to renowned collections in science and technology, holography, architecture and design, nautical engineering and history, the Museum features changing and ongoing exhibitions, unique hands-on activities, and engaging public programs.
Jellyfish, New England Aquarium
Jellyfish, New England Aquarium
  • Museum of Science, Science Park (Science Park Station, Lechmere-bound Green Line trains). Phone: +1 617-723-2500 [34]. Daily 9AM-5PM (Summer until 7PM). Admission $13-$16 plus a la carte menu of attractions.
  • New England Aquarium, Central Wharf(Blue Line to Aquarium), +1 617-973-5200 [35]. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 9AM-6PM. Home of what was until recently the world's largest fish tank, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Great fun for kids of all ages. Whale watching tours available, too. Adults $20.95, Students $18.95, Senior 60+ $18.95, Ages 3-11 $12.95.
  • Mapparium, 175 Huntington Ave. (Green Line to the Prudential, Symphony, or Hynes/ICA stop), Phone: +1 888-222-3711 [36]. The Mary Baker Eddy Library at the world headquarters of the Christian Science Church houses a three story globe room where visitors can view a stained-glass map of the world from inside the center. Tu-Su 10AM-4PM. The $6 admission covers most of the museum and library.
  • Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge (Red Line to "Harvard Square"), Phone: +1 617-496-1027 [37]. Daily 9AM-5PM. One of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology and houses one of the most comprehensive records of human cultural history in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave.Cambridge (T stop: Red Line to "Harvard Square"), Phone: +1 617-495-4631 [38]. M-F 10AM-4PM, Su 1PM-4PM. See a collection of over 40,000 artifacts from the Near East across multiple ancient civilizations.
  • USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Phone: +1 617-426-1812 [39]. Apr-Oct Tu-Su 10AM-6PM. Nov-Mar Th-Su 10AM-3:50PM. Tour famous Old Ironsides, enjoy all-ages hands-on exhibits on sailing skills and crafts. Freewill donation.
  • Warren Anatomical Museum, 10 Shattuck St. (T stop: "Brigham Circle" on Green E line), Phone: +1 617-432-6196, [40] See an extensive collection of distinct and pathological examples in anatomy including the actual skull of Phineas Gage. M-F 9AM-5PM, except Harvard University holidays.
  • Panopticon Gallery, Inside the Hotel Commonwealth 502c Commonwealth Ave. (T stop: Green Line to "Kenmore Square"), Phone: +1 617-267-8929 [41]. M-F 10AM-6PM, Sat 11 AM-5PM. Founded in 1971, Panopticon Gallery is one of the oldest galleries in the United States dedicated solely to photography. The gallery specializes in 20th Century American Photography and emerging contemporary photography.
  • March: St. Patrick's Day[42]. The 2009 St. Patrick's Day Parade is March 15 at 1 p.m. PST. This year, however, it will be held on March 16th. March 17th is not celebrated officially as St. Patrick's Day, but rather as Evacuation Day, a local holiday marking the expulsion of British troops from the city on March 17, 1776. But Boston has one of the highest Irish populations outside of Ireland, and Irish pride reigns on this day. .Don't forget to wear green, drink a beer, and buy something that says "Kiss Me I'm Irish!"^ What if Scott had had his fill of herding cattle and clearing streams and drinking warm beer at the saloon in Green River?
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    (regardless of your ethnicity). If possible, catch the local band Dropkick Murphys (think punk rock with bagpipes) at their infamous St. Patrick's Day show.
  • Third Monday in April: Patriot's Day/Boston Marathon [43]. The oldest marathon in the the world, the race started in 1897 and is always run on the holiday that commemorates Paul Revere's ride in 1775 and the ensuing battles at Lexington and Concord (suburbs of Boston) that started the Revolution. The race runs from Hopkinton to the finish line in Copley Square. The halfway point is the wealthy suburb of Wellesley, where students from Wellesley College (America's leading institute for all-women's education) form the "Scream Tunnel" to cheer on runners (who are in turn encouraged to "Kiss a Wellesley Girl for good luck!"). Parts of Commonwealth Avenue outbound from there and surrounding streets are closed for the race. Elsewhere, Paul Revere's ride and the battles are re-enacted each year in front of thousands of people. Arrive early to get a good spot. Finally, the Red Sox always have a home game on this date, which starts at 11AM to accommodate the crowds who watch the Marathon as it goes by Fenway Park. .This is the only Major Leage baseball game that starts before noon local time during the season.^ It had only been after the fighting was over that Scott had seen the short report Agent Lawby had written, which mentioned his time as a cavalry officer during the War—and very little else.
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    ^ I only met Garrett the one time.” He took a few gulps, draining half of the glass before he set it down again.
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    Other than St. Patrick's/Evacuation Day this is the only time that you will find huge crowds at bars early in the morning.
  • June: Boston Pride [44] The second-largest event in the city after the Fourth of July. .Boston's LBGT community - and everyone else - comes out for a fabulous parade from Copley Square, through the South End, to Boston Common.^ He could picture the two of them strolling through Boston Common, as well as walking along the Thames or standing beneath the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
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    ^ Scott was just coming out of the water when Teresa stepped through the door onto the small porch.
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    .Many other social events are scheduled around this weekend.
  • The Fourth of July: Independence Day [45].^ They’d stood close together like this, arms around each other, so many times before.
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    .A host of events occur throughout the day that culminate with the Boston Pops concert on the Esplanade along the Charles river - the oldest and largest public celebration of the 4th in the country.^ At mid-day, they drove back across the river to Boston to dine at the Parker House.
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    The concerts were started in 1929 by conductor Arthur Fiedler and were enhanced with fireworks by philanthropist David Mugar during the bicentennial celebrations in 1976. Sometimes sparsely attended in the beginning, it is televised nationally and has become the country's premier 4th of July event with hundreds of thousands squeezing along both sides of the Charles each year. This event also holds the world record for the largest crowd to ever attend a classical concert. Seats closest to the stage go to folks who show up before dawn to wait in line but there are speakers and huge TV screens posted all along the river so everybody can see the show. .Parts of Storrow Drive in Boston, Memorial Drive in Cambridge, and Massachusetts Avenue on and near the Mass.^ His jaw clenched at the painful memory of his grandfather’s introduction of the Degan brothers as part of a “more pressing reason” for him to return to Boston.
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    Ave. bridge are closed due to extremely heavy pedestrian traffic. Note that the roads and public transit are heavily congested after the fireworks display. .There are other celebrations during the day, starting with a flag-raising ceremony at City hall at 9AM. This is followed by a parade to the Granary Burial Ground which is led by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, Boston's militia, which is the 3rd-oldest military unit in the world.^ We don’t do much visiting during the week; there’s a lot of work to be done on a ranch, and everyone puts in very long days.” .
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    ^ During the day, the four of them gathered in one sitting room or the other, talking or reading, though Scott had been working on his correspondence and, of course, she and Mrs. Hayford each had needlework.
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    ^ It’s hard to believe, that there’s a whole other world waiting across the Atlantic.” .
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    .Honors are given at the graves of each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence who are interred there, as well as the victims of the Boston Massacre and Peter Faneuil.^ Today though, he’d talked quite a bit about Boston, outlining the events that would take place there as well as describing his house and the people she would meet.
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    ^ There had never been any question but that Scott would be well cared for, and most of all, safe, growing up in Boston.
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    ^ If, when a man passes on, there are those who remember him fondly, we can say he lived well.” .
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    The parade then moves on to the Old State House where the Declaration is read in its entirety from the main balcony (which overlooks the site of the Massacre) to the crowd, just as it has been every year since 1776.
  • Late August: The Feast of St. Anthony. The biggest of several Feasts in the North End. This one includes lots of food vendors, games, music, and a parade on Hanover Street and environs.
  • October: The Head of the Charles Regatta. .Over 8,000 rowers from around the globe compete in this regatta, one of the world's largest two-day rowing event.^ Look, Murdoch, you said yourself it’d be more’n two weeks travel just to be there for that one day.
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    ^ Now what I’d really like ta know, Boston, is if you’ve ever worn the same one for more’n two days runnin’.” .
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    It often attracts up to 300,000 spectators along the banks of the Charles River.
  • December 31/January 1: First Night[46]. .Boston's New Year's Eve celebration, it is the oldest public New Year's Eve party in America and has been copied by cities all around the world.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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    ^ But having spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Boston, it was difficult for him not to still think of that large Eastern city as his “Home,” as well.
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    ^ All those years ago, he’d convinced himself that Scott was better off in Boston; that leaving him there was in the boy’s best interests.
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    .It is a city-wide, family-friendly arts and culture festival which starts in the late morning with child-centric events and continues with dozens of music, dance, poetry and other exhibitions through midnight, culminating in fireworks on the waterfront.^ Looking through one of the upper drawers, he soon came across the ledger for the household accounts, but continued to survey the contents of the other desk drawers.
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    Dress warmly.

Do

.A good resource for daily and nightly event listings of all sizes and interests can be found by picking up a free Weekly Dig or The Phoenix newspaper from one of the many free newspaper vending boxes located at most major busy intersections.^ She picked up the disc, which actually was the size of a dollar coin.
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^ Although Scott had discussed painful personal subjects with Will many times before, it seemed as if that was all he had been doing lately, engaging in difficult conversations with one person or another.
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^ Picking up the building materials was an easy enough task, and Scott purchased all of the items on Teresa’s list while doing some shopping of his own.
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  • Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Phone: +1 617-524-1718[47]. T stop: Orange Line or Needham commuter rail to "Forest Hills" (last stop on the Orange Line). .Come see the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants.^ Johnny idly rotated the mug with one hand while he waited to see which one would come over.
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    ^ He held out one hand, and she could see a white circle resting in the center of it.
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    A park with beautiful landscaping and specimens.
  • Boston Harbor Islands State Park, Phone: +1 617-727-5290 [48]. Take a Ferry (Long Wharf: Blue line to Aquarium), Phone: +1 617-223-8666 [49]) out to Georges Island and tour Fort Warren. .See why Boston was the most defensible city in the New World.^ The train would arrive in New York City quite early the next morning and in Boston some five hours after that.
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    ^ Seeing his son in Boston, briefly viewing that city through Scott’s eyes, he could no longer blindly ignore the eastward pull.
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    .Shuttles leave from there to other islands in Boston Harbor.^ All those years ago, he’d convinced himself that Scott was better off in Boston; that leaving him there was in the boy’s best interests.
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    Ranger-led activities, events, narrations, or just swim, picnic, camp or fish. This is a hidden jewel that is off the beaten path.
  • Newbury Street [50] Eight blocks of high-end boutiques, hair salons, and galleries. Makes for a fabulous day of shopping and dining. .Accessible on the Green Line from the Arlington, Copley, and Hynes stations.
  • Boston Common and Public Garden. A must-see for all visitors during the warmer months.^ Now widowed, Cecilia Holmes continued to spend time at her Maine residence during the summer months, but the rest of the year resided with her brother in Boston.
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    The oldest public park in America. Ride the famous Swan Boats, walk across the world's shortest suspension bridge and generally enjoy the park with its shady trees, fountains, statues, sidewalk vendors, and greenery. Visit the "Cheers" bar across Beacon St, but be forewarned: only tourists go here. .A great starting point for visitors interested in local historical sights, or on your way to Downtown Crossing or the Back Bay.^ Of course, after spending time in the city, she might be interested in seeing a cattle ranch, Scott; perhaps I’ll send her your way, after a bit?” .
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    Very nice foliage in the fall. The area east of Charles St is the Common, which is more open and less manicured. The area west of Charles St. is the Public Garden, which consists of many walking paths amid an impressive variety of well-maintained folliage. .Accessible on the Green Line from Park Street, Boylston and Arlington stations, on the Red Line from Park Street station, and a short walk from any other downtown station.
  • Community Boating. For kids between ages 10 and 18, membership is only $1 for the entire summer.^ Although he’d only had to walk across the hall, he seemed to have every other accessory in place.
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    Membership includes all sorts of sailing lessons (sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, etc.) along with other benefits. Each class takes a couple of days. 2-day membership is $100; 60-day membership is $159. Accessible on the Red Line from Charles/MGH station.
The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail
  • Freedom Trail. A 2.5 mi. (4 km) walking tour of 16 historic sites that begins at Boston Common, goes through downtown Boston, the North End and Charlestown, ending at the USS Constitution. .Sites include the old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's House, and the Old North Church.^ Faneuil Hall is one of the sites on Boston’s Freedom trail :-) .
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    The Freedom Trail connects to the Boston Harbor Walk. The Freedom Trail is marked by a line of red paint or red brick in the sidewalk. The beginning of the trail is accessible on the Green Line or the Red Line from Park St station. .However, all the lines are convenient at various points along the way, via several downtown stations.
  • Faneuil Hall [51] and Quincy Market, downtown Boston.^ Faneuil Hall is one of the sites on Boston’s Freedom trail :-) .
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    ^ Apparently the rest of the baggage was still on the way, along with some boxes Scott had shipped from Boston.
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    ^ The rest of their luggage would follow by wagon from Stockton, along with several boxes from Boston, and the crate containing Catherine’s portrait.
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    Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, two of Boston's oldest marketplaces, contain a great set of mainly tourist-oriented shops and eateries. Since Faneuil Hall Marketplace is private property, the street performers must audition and thus are consistently entertaining. .Faneuil Hall also has a historic meeting hall in its upper levels, and is just down the street from the Old State House.^ And just as when he arrived at the house on Chestnut Street, Murdoch found himself tucking Teresa up under his left arm, while extending his right hand to his son.
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    ^ While he had been happy to meet a few old acquaintances in the environs of Harvard and the Parker House, he was just as happy not to encounter anyone he knew along the waterfront.
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    ^ We’re just passing Faneuil Hall; the restaurant’s not far.” .
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    Quincy Market has a number of food stalls from local (delectable) providers - coffee, pastries, candy, popcorn, sushi, Italian, lobster and lobster rolls, Chinese, sandwiches, etc. No farmers' market, all food is prepared. Great place to eat a wide variety of foods for cheap, especially with kids. Tables available in covered outdoor area immediately outside. Accessible on the Blue Line at State St., Government Center, and Aquarium stations, on the Orange Line at State St. station, and on the Green Line at Government Center station.
Hancock Tower, Copley Square
Hancock Tower, Copley Square
  • Boston By Foot. 77 North Washington St., +1 617-367-2345 [52]. Guided walking tours highlighting the architecture and history of Boston. .Passionate, trained and enthusiastic guides offer regular tours May-October of the Freedom Trail, North End, Beacon Hill and the Back Bay.^ As the carriage wound it way through the tree-lined streets of Beacon Hill to the Old West Church, Teresa asked after everyone back at the ranch.
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    ^ On the journey back to Beacon Hill, Scott’s eyes were focused on a succession of images from his past, memories in which Grandfather figured prominently.
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    ^ He had to decide very soon whether to join the Hayfords on the westbound train to California or remain for a time in the house on Beacon Hill.
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    Tours also available for children. .See web site for details, schedules and special events.
  • Copley Square. Take a Duck Tour, +1 617-267-DUCK [53], enjoy the fountains, visit the top of the nearby Prudential building, see the Boston Public Library, visit the beautiful Trinity Church, or go shopping along Newbury Street.^ Scott recalled the stir created when British author Charles Dickens had visited Boston after the War, offering public readings of his work while in residence at the Parker House.
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    ^ It was a relief that Murdoch’s spare account of his visit to Boston closely matched the details that Scott had already obtained from his grandfather.
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    ^ Murdoch had forbidden her to travel so far alone, and Scott never seemed to mind going along, whether it was something important, like taking medicine to the Indians, or just a trip into town to do some shopping.
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    Accessible on the Green Line at Copley station, or on the Orange Line at Back Bay station.
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Av, [54]. During the fall, winter and spring, the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra performs classical music. .Tickets are available online or in the box office; they can be pricey at $29-$115. For a cheaper alternative, Tuesday and Thursday concerts have rush tickets (last-minute availability, no seat choice) which are sold starting at 5PM on the day of the concert for $9; Friday concerts start rush ticket availability at 10AM. Be sure to line up in advance for rush tickets.^ They had concentrated upon boxing up clothing, shoes and hats, leaving items such as jewelry, pictures and books for Scott to go through.
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    ^ No one they knew well, though she had a passing acquaintance with the middle-aged spinsters seated opposite.
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    ^ When they pulled up near the Parker House, Scott called to James to stay up on his box, and opened the carriage door and handed Teresa down himself.
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    Weekend concerts do not sell rush tickets.
  • Boston Pops Orchestra. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Av, +1 617-266-1492, CustomerService@bso.org. During the summer, the Pops perform programs of both classical and popular music, consistently pleasing audiences. Tickets can be had inexpensively and can be purchased either online or in the box office. .Accessible on the E branch of the Green Line at Symphony station.
  • New England Conservatory. This world-famous top-notch music school and also right around the corner from the Boston Symphony, is often overlooked by tourists in Boston but well-known amongst local musicians.^ Those heavy woolen and flannel shirts, as well as the elegant evening attire--the top hat, the gloves, the silk lined vest--all representative of his former life, here in Boston.
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    ^ Well, I’m thinkin’ you might have ta show us around Boston some other time.” .
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    ^ Eventually Napoleon advanced around the corner of the desk, to stand beside the chair gazing upwards with pale green eyes.
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    Their performances, recitals, and chamber group concerts are usually free and unticketed. See the calendar at [55] for more information.
  • Theater District. Washington St, Tremont St. Broadway is the undisputed center of the theater world, but Boston's Theater District is where most Broadway shows will preview and is usually the first stop on a show's touring run. .Resident shows also run.
  • Bicycling. 20 Park Plaza (Suite 528), +1 617-542-2453. The Minuteman Bikeway is one of the most heavily used rail trails in the United States.^ The state of Maine claims the title of “Toothpick Capital of the World,” manufacturing 90% of the toothpicks used in the United States.
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    This eleven mile paved path is popular with walkers, cyclists, and in-line skaters. The route closely follows that taken at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Accessible on the Red Line at Davis and Alewife stations.
  • Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory. Prudential Center, +1 617-859-0648. Tickets: Adults $11, Seniors $9, Children under 12 $7.50, Student with college ID $9, Military with DoD ID Free. Look around Boston from the second tallest skyscraper. Open daily. Winter (Nov thru Feb) 10AM-8PM; Summer (Mar thru Oct) 10AM-10PM.
  • Urban AdvenTours Bike Tours. Phone: +1617-233-7595, Fax: +1 617-812-0452. Urban AdvenTours offers environmentally-friendly and exciting bicycle tours of Boston - from historic landmarks to quaint neighborhood streets of Boston and Cambridge - for families, students and visitors. Ride with us and see Boston the way it was meant to be seen - on two wheels!
  • Sam Adams Brewery Tour. Phone +1 30 Germania St. (Orange line to "Stonybrook")617-368-5080. Take a tour of the Sam Adams brewery located in Jamaica Plan. .Free samples of beer at the end.
  • Harpoon Brewery Tour Phone +1 888-HARPOON. (Silver line Waterfront, fourth stop from South Station) "After taking countless Brewery tours from around the world, we decided to focus our tours on what we feel is the best part of any brewery tour - the sampling."^ Holmes’ voice pushed them apart, when she came around to the bottom of the narrow staircase to announce that the man had arrived with the wagon to take them to the train station in Bath.
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    No tour, but free samples.
  • Counter-Productions Theatre Company, [56]. "We are a collaborative group of imaginative and driven people passionate about Theatre. We create high-quality, thought-provoking productions in the greater Boston area and throughout New England.  edit
  • Cape Cod Scenic Tours (Sightseeing Tours), 508-394-2221, [57]. seasonal 8AM-9PM. Enjoy a fun Sightseeing Day Tour of Cape Cod. .We visit Historical areas, Windmills, Lighthouses, Cape Cod Bay, Cape Cod National Seashore,Harbors, Provincetown, lovely Chatham, Haynnis, JFK Memorial, and much more.^ She loved him so much, and if she could take away those memories, she would do it, she’d do anything.
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    .A nice picnic lunch and hotel or bus stop pick up provided.^ They came to an abrupt halt when Scott stopped to pick up one of the large white clamshells lying on the damp sand.
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    A Cape Cod " Must Do".
     edit
  • Mystery Cafe, Boston, 781-784-7496, [58]. Dinner. America's Original Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. .Its doors opened in 1987 to a packed house in Cambridge, MA and have been selling out the house ever since!^ When they pulled up near the Parker House, Scott called to James to stay up on his box, and opened the carriage door and handed Teresa down himself.
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    It is a great combination of mystery, music, audience participation, food and fun. Different shows and locations for a memorable evening in Boston.
    $150.  edit
  • AM's Free Boston Tours, [59]. .Free guided walking tours of historic Boston covering all the main Downtown sites plus some additional sites in Beacon Hill and the West End.^ Scott found that as they drew nearer to Boston, he was becoming more preoccupied with memories of growing up on Beacon Hill.
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    ^ As the carriage wound it way through the tree-lined streets of Beacon Hill to the Old West Church, Teresa asked after everyone back at the ranch.
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    ^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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    These tours, which last between 1.5 and 2 hours, are supported only by voluntary tips (gratuities). .They are a budget-friendly way for everyone to see the sites and provide for an excellent introduction to the city.^ Of course, after spending time in the city, she might be interested in seeing a cattle ranch, Scott; perhaps I’ll send her your way, after a bit?” .
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    Please visit our web site for more details.
    Free.  edit
  • PhotoWalks, 617-851-2273, [60]. 10:00a.m.. Explore Boston on five separate photo walking tours presented with fascinating historic commentary and creative photography tips. .Capture amazing pictures in Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the Public Garden, along the Freedom Trail and Boston Harbor.^ Faneuil Hall is one of the sites on Boston’s Freedom trail :-) .
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    ^ He’d spent considerable time talking with the young woman while James slowly drove the carriage through the streets of Beacon Hill and along the boundaries of the Common.
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    ^ Scott found that as they drew nearer to Boston, he was becoming more preoccupied with memories of growing up on Beacon Hill.
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    All ages and skill levels welcome.
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Sports

Boston is a sports town, and its professional teams are much-loved. .These include the Red Sox (baseball), Celtics (basketball), Bruins (hockey), New England Patriots (football), and New England Revolution (soccer).^ The site below includes photos of two versions of this motif; the images are of stones in a cemetery in Ohio, but similar examples are commonly seen in New England.
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Another professional team, the Boston Breakers (women's soccer), is less well established.
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox
  • Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way. The home of the Boston Red Sox. .The oldest baseball stadium still in use by the major leagues, this brick and stone structure is named after and located in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, which itself takes its name from the fens, or marshes along the nearby Muddy River.^ Not only had his grandfather brought Scott’s former fiancée along with him, he’d also tried to take Scott away, back to Boston.
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    ^ Teresa smiled, thinking of the stone pillars that formed a part of the stately brick walls she’d seen so many of in Boston.
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    ^ Now her friend was taking classes here in Boston, but still seemed quite unappreciative of the education she was receiving.
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    Accessible on the B, C, and D branches of the Green Line at Kenmore station, or on the D branch of the Green Line at Fenway station. .Visitors arriving via the T will need to walk a short distance from the station to the ballpark, but the crowds on a game day will serve to lead the way.^ When he arrived home, Scott directed James to go ahead into the carriage house, indicating that he’d get out there and make the short walk to the rear entrance.
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    ^ The next day, the three of them walked down to the fort and back, stopping to call at a friend’s house along the way.
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    ^ For a moment, Scott glimpsed his grandfather’s face, the way he’d looked that day at the train station.
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    .Its worth taking the T to the game because parking is very limited (and expensive) and you get to experience the excitment of a crowded train car full of fans heading to the game.^ No dining car until Ogden either, so you’ll be taking your meals off of the train until then.” .
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    ^ I’ll take very good care of them.” She would always treasure “the Lady’s” earrings, first and foremost because Scott had given them to her.
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    .Yawkey Way is now closed off during games, and those in the stadium can walk outside to enjoy the additional refreshment stands and open area, and then return to the game.^ He came up to stand very close behind her, and his hand brushing the hair off of her shoulder caused the familiar aching to start again.
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    ^ It was difficult to see her now, with those emotions so close to the surface.
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    ^ The drawing room was almost as wide as the car itself; there was only a narrow passage-way outside for those walking through to the rest of the car.
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    .With sold-out crowds every game, getting tickets is nearly impossible, however, visitors can take a worthwhile Fenway Park tour on non-game days or game days (leaves from the souvenir store on Yawkey Way).
  • Gillette Stadium. The home of the New England Patriots football team and the New England Revolution soccer team is in the town of Foxborough, about 25 miles southwest of Boston.^ And if that did happen, if Johnny was “called out,” he’d made it abundantly clear that Scott was to “stay out of it.” Not difficult to do, Scott thought grimly, if he was thousands of miles away, in Boston.
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    ^ Then, a few days after Mr. Garret’s arrival, Scott had bluntly informed them that he would be leaving, going back to Boston.
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    ^ In the course of the mid-day meal, they’d discussed Scott and his trip to Boston; Sam hadn’t heard the news about Garrett’s passing and had numerous questions about the impact the event was likely to have on Scott.
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    The Revolution play from spring to fall, and the Patriots from fall through winter. Patriot's games are always sold out and getting tickets will probably be impossible.
  • TD Garden, Causeway St. The home of the Boston Celtics basketball team and Boston Bruins hockey team. The site was previously occupied by the Boston Garden, a smaller venue, and the existing structure was previously called the Fleet Center and later the TD Banknorth Garden. The arena may be called by any of these names, or simply The Garden. Accessible on the Green Line or Orange Line at North Station, which is underneath the Garden.
  • Harvard Stadium, 95 N. Harvard St., Allston. .Home to the Harvard football team since 1903, it is also home to the area's newest professional team, the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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    The Breakers, like the Revolution, play from spring to fall.

Learn

.The Greater Boston area has over one hundred colleges and universities, many of which are world-renowned.^ Beacon Hill” that’s what Scott had called it, an area of beautiful homes within the city of Boston larger than many of the towns she’d been in.
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.The metro Boston area has something of around 250,000 students living in the area at any given time.^ Scott had thought the feeling was mutual, but the rebuff he’d been given when he’d finally asked Murdoch why he’d never come to Boston had for a time called that into doubt.
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^ Well, I’m thinkin’ you might have ta show us around Boston some other time.” .
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^ Since she hadn’t been living in Boston at the time, Murdoch had never been introduced to his wife’s aunt, though even after the move to California, Catherine had kept up a correspondence with her.
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In Boston:
  • Art Institute of Boston (AIB) [61]
  • Berklee College of Music [62]
  • Boston Architectural College [63]
  • Boston College (BC) [64]
  • Boston Conservatory [65]
  • Boston University (BU) [66]
  • Brandeis University [67]
  • Emerson College [68]
  • Emmanuel College [69]
  • Harvard University [70]
  • Lesley University [71]
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Mass Art) [72]
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) [73]
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [74]
  • Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) [75]
  • New England Conservatory of Music [76]
  • New England School of Law [77]
  • New England School of Acupuncture [78]
  • Northeastern University [79]
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) [80]
  • Simmons College [81]
  • Suffolk University [82]
  • Tufts University [83]
  • University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass) [84]
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology [85]
  • Wheelock College [86]

Buy

The biggest shopping areas in the inner Metro are the Back Bay and Downtown Crossing. In addition, there are two large malls in and near the center of the city.
  • The Cambridgeside Galleria.This boilerplate shopping mall includes department stores, a Best Buy, clothing stores, bookstores, a food court, and a Cheesecake Factory restaurant, all at mainstream retail prices. Accessible on the Green Line at Lechmere station, or the Red Line at Kendall/MIT station via a free shuttle van ("The Wave").
  • Copley Place and Prudential Center. These malls are connected via pedestrian walkway over Huntington Av. .They house department stores, clothing stores, bookstores, upscale shopping, a food court, many restaurants, and connect to several large hotels.^ Since the hotel and restaurant hadn’t begun operations until after he and Catherine had departed for California, Murdoch had never dined at the Parker House.
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    ^ He’d talked about taking her shopping in the city, had mentioned dining at several favorite restaurants.
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    ^ The five of them had toured the house, and as they were looking at the rooms on the second floor, the large standing clock at one end of the hallway had chimed the hour.
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    Accessible on the Green Line at Copley, Hynes/ICA, and Prudential stations, and on the Orange Line at Back Bay station. `Visitors and locals alike use the mall to go between the South End and Newbury/Boylston Street areas, either to take advantage of the air conditioning during the summer or the warmth during the winter.
More local color can be experienced outdoors at any of several popular commercial areas:
  • Newbury Street. This shopping street runs the length of the Back Bay neighborhood. Often called "the Rodeo Drive of the East," Newbury St is a wonderfully dense avenue colored by historic brownstones and lots of shops and restaurants. .Extremely expensive near Boston Common, but gradually becoming more affordable as you move toward Massachusetts Avenue.^ Scott found that as they drew nearer to Boston, he was becoming more preoccupied with memories of growing up on Beacon Hill.
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    ^ Now what I’d really like ta know, Boston, is if you’ve ever worn the same one for more’n two days runnin’.” .
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    ^ As they moved towards the door of the car, Teresa turned back to study Scott once more.
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    One block north from Boylston St, which is similar but less so. .Vehicular traffic can be very slow on Newbury St itself; take parallel streets unless you have time to see the sights from your car.^ It had been one of the very few times that Scott had heard Murdoch utter that phrase “your mother” in reference to himself.
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    ^ Of course you should take as much time as you need, Scott.” .
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    ^ No dining car until Ogden either, so you’ll be taking your meals off of the train until then.” .
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    Accessible on the Green Line from Arlington, Copley, and Hynes stations.
  • Downtown Crossing, Washington St. at Winter St. area. This shopping district is in Downtown Boston, just steps from Boston Common. It is obligatory to visit the world-famous Filene's Basement. Though this particular location was famous for actually being an underground store, Filene's Basement closed its doors in 2007 for a two year renovation project and will relocate to a nearby space in Downtown Crossing. .The current building, which once housed the now-closed Filene's Department store, will be knocked down and rebuilt as a 38-story tower which will include a hotel and condos.^ Once the guests had departed, Scott gave Fredericks directions about which things in his present bedroom should be carried down the hall.
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    Filene's Basement will be relocated to 426 Washington Street, originally a Barnes and Noble bookstore, until it reopens in the spring of 2009 at its original location. Bargain Alley has the distinctive feature of the Automatic Markdown plan - every week, the items in this area get 25% cheaper, until they are either sold or donated to charity. Many excellent deals can be found on merchandise floating down from the larger department store upstairs. The aisles here are narrow, and the store is usually busy, so avoid bringing lots of shopping bags in by stopping here first. The rest of Downtown Crossing features large Macy's and Borders, music stores, souvenirs, general retail, and lots of street vendors and quick food. Accessible on the Red and Orange Lines at Downtown Crossing station, and with a brief walk, from the Red and Green Lines at Park St. station. Be advised: During weekdays this area is a very popular hangout for inner-city youth.
  • Harvard Square. This historic and always-active square is located across the river in the city of Cambridge. Take a tour of Harvard University and the Yard, visit the historic cemetery, shop around. Several excellent bookstores, with plenty of restaurants and cafes to sit down and read a novel. See the famous chess tables outside Au Bon Pain where a scene in Good Will Hunting was filmed. Walk past the offices of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe, and say hello to the punks. .Take a short walk down to the scenic Charles River.^ When she could no longer continue, she set the needlework aside and announced that she was going to take a short walk.
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    .Street musicians often play near the famous Out of Town News.^ When she found “Mis-terre Scott,” he was standing near one of the windows, gazing out towards the street.
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    For a good burger, stop in a Bartley's, a Harvard landmark. For a fantastic margarita and cheap Mexican food, be sure to hit up the Border Cafe. The nonprofit Brattle theater shows classic and independent films. Accessible on the Red Line at Harvard station.
  • Coolidge Corner, Harvard St. at Beacon St, Brookline. This shopping area is in the neighboring town of Brookline. .A little less urban, more like your local village shops and restaurants.^ He’d decided that he liked his women “a little older”, the phrase more a veiled reference to experience than actual age.
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    The Coolidge Corner Theater is known for showing interesting independent and art house films. Beacon Street has interesting shops along much of its length, generally concentrated near areas such as St. Mary's, Washington Sq., etc. One can also walk north from Coolidge Corner along Harvard St. (which becomes Harvard Av.) towards Allston-Brighton (and the B branch of the Green Line) for additional shopping and dining. Accessible on the C branch of the Green Line at the Coolidge Corner stop.
  • Charles St.From Beacon St. to Cambridge St. One of the more quaint shopping neighborhoods in Boston, starting just north of Boston Common. The mix of shops lends itself to window-shopping as well as ticking items off a shopping list. Multiple options for lunch or coffee make this a pleasant place to stroll for a couple hours. Accessible from the Charles St./Mass. .General Hospital station on the Red Line.
  • Wrentham Village premium outlets. While not in Boston, a shopping trip to Boston by an international tourist is not complete without a visit to Wrentham Village.^ Then Scott visited the barber, had a beer in the saloon and completed several other errands in between waiting for telegraph responses from Boston.
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    Its location off I-495, exit 15 makes it under an hour from Boston and most hotels will arrange transport. Wrentham’s stores range from the finest designer fashions and jewelry to home furnishings, housewares and electronics. You'll find all the big brands such as Hugo Boss, Adidas, Nike, DKNY, Burberry, Gap, Guess, Ann Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, Liz Claiborne, Swarovski, Royal Doulton, Calvin Klein, Benetton, Waterford Crystal and much much more.
Boston is a huge city, so all individual listings should be moved to the appropriate district articles, and this section should contain a brief overview. Please help to move listings if you are familiar with this city.
Boston has excellent seafood from the nearby New England coast. Local specialties include baked beans, cod, and clam chowder. .For dessert you'll have no trouble finding good ice cream.^ Also, if I may point out, amongst your correspondence you’ll find a telegraph message.
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^ The conversation you had today, with Mrs. Mathieu--I see no reason to trouble Miss O’Brien with such things.” .
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^ Then you’ll have to find a way to forgive him, Scott.” .
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Boston (and New England as a whole) are one of the top per-capita ice cream consuming regions.
A variety of excellent ethnic restaurants can be found in neighborhoods such as the North End, Chinatown, or Coolidge Corner.
The best sit-down restaurants can be quite crowded in the evenings on weekends. .Unless you have a reservation, be prepared to wait anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on how refined your tastes are.^ Teresa and I will join you in a few minutes.” .
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^ It’s nice that your grandfather was always there waiting for you.” .
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^ Teresa, I’ll come up for your traveling case in a few minutes.” .
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.The North End is full of Italian eateries, and it's certain that you'll find something here to your liking.^ Something simple and straightforward to start with, which of course would need to be revised as your own circumstances change, if you were to marry or have children.
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^ Your father, when he was here, seemed to have understood something of the purpose of the trip.
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^ Also, if I may point out, amongst your correspondence you’ll find a telegraph message.
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.Take the Green or Orange Lines to the Haymarket station, follow the pedestrian passageway through the Big Dig, and then follow the signs to Hanover Street, the main commercial thoroughfare.^ In Portland, they changed to the Maine Central line for the trip to Brunswick, disembarking at a large new train station where the Holmes’ carriage waited to take them across town.
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Most of the good restaurants are on this street or on side streets. .If you visit the North End on the weekend in the summer you may encounter one of many saint's festivals.^ Well, we sometimes took the train north to visit Aunt Cecilia and her husband at holidays, and in the summer.
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^ But, in the end, what had existed for so many years could not be cancelled out by one series of indiscretions, no matter how egregious.
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^ My grandfather expected me to be independent and to make my own decisions----- something that he came to regret on more than one occasion, as many of you know.” .
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Streets are closed off and there are music, food, and parades of the saint's statues.
The real "Cheers"
The real "Cheers"
The Bull & Finch Pub in Beacon Hill was inspiration for the hit television show "Cheers." Very pricey for bar fare, but an essential part of the Boston tourist experience. .The Beacon Street address is the original and does not look much like the set of the show.^ I am looking forward to showing her the city; I just don’t know how much time I’ll have.
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There is another Cheers at Faneuil Hall which is more of a replica of the TV set. If you ask a local for directions to Cheers, you may be directed to Faneuil Hall. The Beacon Street bar is referred to by its original name. .Both locations are very touristy complete with souvenir shops.^ His life experiences, both good and bad, would have been completely different; he could only believe that he himself would have turned out very differently as well.
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Legal Sea Foods is a Boston original - well, technically Cambridge, since it started as a fish market in Inman Square, Cambridge. Legal Seafood is known for its New England Clam Chowder. Expect to pay between $25-$30/person at dinner at one of their multiple locations.

Drink

Boston has a thriving nightlife and is known to be a 'drinking' town. .There are many different venues that cater to college students, businesspeople, sports fanatics, and many others.^ Clothing wasn’t her only concern, of course, there would be other differences.
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^ There were bright yellow coils which Scott termed snail shells, tan and white striped periwinkles, miniature mussels, and many other varieties.
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Bar Hopping is very easy and commonly done
.With a large Irish population, Boston has a number of very good Irish pubs.^ While the Hayfords were very good company, she and Scott hadn’t had many moments alone together since leaving Boston.
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^ They were so large and the fingers so long that Scott could reach across a good number of the black and white keys with little effort.
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.Many tourists look for an authentic "Boston Irish Pub". A good rule of thumb is if the establishment has a neon shamrock in the window, it is not an authentic Irish pub.^ While the Hayfords were very good company, she and Scott hadn’t had many moments alone together since leaving Boston.
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^ Certainly his grandfather had many good reasons for being firmly convinced that his heir was “better off” in Boston.
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For nightlife and club listings look for "Stuff @ Night" or "The Weekly Dig" in the free boxes on the street.
Places densest in bars include Canal Street (just south of TD BankNorth Garden), Bolyston Street & Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall, Landsdowne Street and Fenway area, Harvard Ave/Brighton Ave in Allston, Central Square in Cambridge and Harvard Square in Cambridge.

Dive Bars

There are many dive bars in Boston. .One suggestion is The Other Side on the corner of Massachusettes Avenue and Newbury Street, if you're a total hipster.^ Pushing the other mail to one side, he could see that it appeared to be from the Boston law firm—Hayford and Son-- that represented his grandfather.
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^ The number had decreased considerably, as he mechanically removed them, straightened them, dropped each one into the wooden box lying on the ground on the other side of the anvil.
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^ Closer examination of the engraved case revealed a scene of ships in a harbor on one side; the other side had writing.
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.Less expensive than the neighboring bars with a good selection of Belgian Beers.^ A less than happy memory, that last, though some good had come of the conversation they’d had en route to town.
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Ask for the "Trois Pistoles" beer from Quebec for a flavorful, tasty dark beer (9% alc./vol.).
If you are in the North End or near the Banknorth Garden, go to Sullivan's Tap. Ask for the Brubaker - a $2 beer in a recycled bottle. ESPN's Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, rated it "The most depressing bar in Boston."
In Davis Square, Somerville you can find Sligo's Pub, a similar hole in the wall serving cheap beer in plastic cups.
If you're off the beaten path in the outer neighborhoods (Hyde Park, Dorchester, South Boston) in search of some real Bostonians, look for any tavern with a cheesy old lamp light out front. .Be ready for an in-depth conversation about the "Red Sawx" or the Bruins back when Bobby Orr played.^ The slender thread of conversation frayed, but before it snapped Murdoch caught it back up again, spinning a query about the identities of the other speakers.
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^ But he wouldn’t have accepted a penny for his thoughts, since even back then, he’d avoided conversations about the past.
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Breweries

Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain and Harpoon Brewery in South Boston both offer tours and tastings.

Coffee

.You should be able to stand on any corner in the city and see at least two Dunkin' Donuts stores.^ You could meet me downstairs, we can see something of the city.” .
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^ It sounds as if the two of you should work well together,” Scott observed diplomatically.
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^ There are two men here to see you.
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The commercials should really be "Boston runs on Dunkin." Every Bostonian knows that "Dunks" is for coffee, not donuts - trust us. But quality and service at a Dunkin' Donuts is really hit or miss depending on the location. Au Bon Pain's 200 stores began in Boston and are also common. Starbucks are, of course, plentiful. Boston does, however, have some outstanding independent coffee shops as well.

Sleep

All hotels are listed in the individual district articles.

Contact

Greater Boston uses 10-digit dialing. This means you need to include the area code whenever you are making a call. The standard area code is 617, but some phone numbers, especially cell phones, use the new 857 overlay.

Stay safe

Crime and other hazards in Boston are low for a major American city.
Some neighborhoods (Roxbury, Mattapan, and some parts of Dorchester and Jamaica Plain) are more dangerous than average, and extra care should be taken. Avoid walking in these areas at night if possible. Also avoid public parks after dark (unless there's a special event), especially the Fens (known as an extremely popular "cruising" spot for homosexual men who often engage in sexual acts in the park itself).
Dangers related to alcohol consumption are not uncommon, such as fights and drunk driving. Be especially careful when there is a Red Sox vs NY Yankees baseball game in progress. Don't wear Yankees gear in the Kenmore Square/Fenway districts.
.Care should be taken as well if you decide to go clubbing on Landsdowne St., the Theatre District, Chinatown, or Faneuil Hall.^ Well, I can hardly let you go back there without me, now can I?” .
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^ You should probably try to go back to sleep,” he said slowly.
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^ Well, if you’re going to live there, you should have the freedom to use the house as you wish.
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.As mentioned above, the more dangerous parts of Boston are generally not visited or even seen by tourists, but there are a few mildly dangerous locales that you should be aware of if you plan on enjoying Boston's nightlife.^ There were only a few more lines.
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^ There was significant antipathy between his father and grandfather, and Scott was painfully aware that even indirect references to the older man were an irritant to Murdoch Lancer.
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^ While there were a few Lancer employees who were capable of doing such work, Scott preferred more experienced hands for his horse.
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In Kenmore Square, be especially careful on Landsdowne St. as muggers and pickpockets are becoming more common, waiting in the darker areas near Ipswitch St. at the end of the strip. Don't wear any kind of flashy jewelry that would attract attention and keep designer labels out of sight as much as possible, as assailants usually determine who to target based on the way they are dressed. In Chinatown, be very careful if you wander off of Kneeland St. There are a plethora of little alleyways and inlets where muggers operate. Faneuil Hall is generally safe, but not without its share of fights and petty robberies. .Keep an eye on your stuff and don't get involved with strangers, especially if they've been drinking.^ Scott raised his drink to his lips, while keeping his solemn eyes trained on his father.
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^ I’ve been keeping company.” The announcement made, Will met Scott’s eyes once more.
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The safest place to have a night on the town in Boston is definitely Boylston St. in the Back Bay, around the Prudential Center area. There are plenty of bars, pubs, clubs, and restaurants that cater to the college, professional, and upscale crowd, greatly reducing the likelihood of crime. Also this area is within short walking distance from most of the major hotels in the city. .All this being said Boston is a reasonably safe city known more for its schools and history than crime; petty or otherwise.^ Despite having eagerly anticipated arriving in Boston, despite his absolute joy at the thought of being in familiar, comfortable and safe surroundings once more, Scott had suddenly been reluctant to leave the confines of the railroad car.
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^ With each passing hour, this train carried him further away from Boston and Scott, further away from a young man he had come to love more than he could have imagined.
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^ It hadn’t escaped Johnny’s notice that Boston had been drinking more than usual.
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.As mentioned above, Boston area drivers are not known for their courtesy or consideration for others around them.^ Well, I’m thinkin’ you might have ta show us around Boston some other time.” .
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Pedestrians should use crosswalks and exercise considerable caution when crossing streets. Assume the drivers are *trying* to hit you.
Boston's subway system, the MBTA, is generally safe compared to other major cities. Green Line trains are most used by college students and young professionals moving to and from the immediate suburbs. However, it is advised to avoid unnecessary travel on the Red Line late at night, especially if you are alone. While this line serves Cambridge and Harvard University, it also attracts questionable individuals from the South Boston neighborhoods it also services.
For emergency dial 911 from any telephone for police, medical, and fire services.

Get out

Boston makes an excellent starting point for any tour of New England.
.
  • Take a ferry from the harbor in the summer or one of several daily Cape Air flights from Logan year-round to Provincetown (also known as P-town) to see some of the best entertainment and fun on Cape Cod.
  • A popular road trip is "Boston to the Bronx". The Drive is approximately 3.5 hours along US-20. Minimum suggested time for the return trip is 2 days.
  • Drive south or take the $7.75 commuter rail [87] or $17 express Amtrak to Providence, Rhode Island, which is home to its own share of art and culture, excellent Italian food, and a charming downtown area.
  • Also take a road trip to the North Shore, New Hampshire Seacoast and Southern Maine.^ It was hard to imagine that Maria Lancer could have thought she was doing what was best for her son; she should have sent Johnny home when she realized she couldn’t provide for him.
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    ^ Where the trees on Beacon Hill were for the most part still dressed in summer greens, those in New Hampshire and Maine were already beginning to don warmer shades of yellow and red.
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    ^ In the course of the mid-day meal, they’d discussed Scott and his trip to Boston; Sam hadn’t heard the news about Garrett’s passing and had numerous questions about the impact the event was likely to have on Scott.
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    .All are easily accessible by car, and less than a 90 minute drive without the awful Cape Cod traffic in the summer months.^ Murdoch didn’t say anything about the less than warm welcome he had extended to his sons, nothing at all about how he’d actually felt that first day.
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    Many destinations along the North Shore, including Rockport and Manchester-by-the-Sea are reachable by the Rockport commuter rail [88]
  • Drive northwest on Route 2 or take the Fitchburg commuter rail [89] to historic Concord, where you can visit Walden Pond, made famous by Henry David Thoreau in his book "Walden; or, Life in the Woods".
  • Take a day trip north to the town of Salem, the home of the infamous Salem witch trials.
Routes through Boston
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