a fairly large city of about 600,000, metro area something like 5-6 million, lots of history, very cultured place. one of the oldest cities in america. known for its colleges and distinct neighborhoods and has the biggest construction project in american history (the Big Dig). lots of irish, italians, blacks, vietnamese, cape verdeans, and many others. neighborhoods include east boston, charlestown, north end, downtown, south end, fenway, south boston, back bay, chinatown, dorchester, roxbury, mattapan, roslindale, jamaica plain, hyde park, west roxbury, allston, brighton, mission hill, chestnut hill. bordering cities cambridge, somerville, brookline, quincy are basically part of boston because they are so closely tied to the city itself. lots of shopping & culture downtown/back bay, tons of bars, lots of neat little neighborhoods/villages, and a decent subway system. gets ridiculous snow in the winter and 70s-low 90s in the summer, lots of annoying-ass construction, fire, racial tension in some areas. gets kind of overlooked at times. overall a pretty nice & unique place to live though.
i took the T from chinatown to harvard quare then walked over the charles river to back bay and took the green line to the prudential ctr
then i got drunk off my ass in southie.