Miss(ed) Manners

February 1, 2007

Does Boston Need To Chill Out?

Filed under: Silly — missedmanners @ 5:28 pm

So I’m sure you and the rest of the world have heard about how some light installations for the Cartoon Network ‘show’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force made Boston go all weak in the knees for fear of a terror attack. Well over at Gothamist they just broke the news that it didn’t phase NYC in the least. (EDIT: Scratch that, apparently one street was closed down for almost an hour while the “devices” were removed)

See here.

I do a lot of business in Boston. I spend a few weeks there every year. Every time I go there I say the same thing: Boston is great if you want to see Middle Child Syndrome acted out on a city-wide scale.

Do you think that possibly, just maybe… and this is pure conjecture… that Boston may be a little jealous of all the attention that New York got after 2001? Let me be very clear, not jealous of the attacks themselves, but of the attention? It certainly begs the question, doesn’t it?

Let’s look at the facts:

New York has the Yankees, a historically great team, dubbed sports team of the 20th century.

Boston has the Red Sox, who are often as good if not better than the Yankees, yet simply do not receive commensurate attention.

New York is known as the “Big Apple,” “Gotham,” or “The Melting Pot.”

Boston is “Beantown.”

New York is the cultural capital of the Eastern U.S. commonly called the “Capital of the World.”

Boston has the Red Sox.

Now I’ve been to both places and I actually AM a middle child. So I am very qualified to comment on this subject. First off let me say that I am in no way saying one city is better than the other. Both are excellent depending on what you want out of a city. The dining, shopping and well, everything in Boston is par for the course or better.

HOWEVER, and that required all caps, Boston receives neither the notoriety nor the praise that New York does.

So the question is:

Do you think Boston is the Middle Child of American cities?



  1. I wouldn’t call it the “Middle Child” of American cities. It’s one successful child among many other successful children. New York may be the superstar celebrity of the family, but Boston is the kid that works damn hard to earn every bit of respect it gets. Shed no tears for Boston, for Boston has no time to pity itself…Or something like that.
    If you want some real “Middle Child” cities, try Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond (and that’s a whole other ball of wax), or the baby of the family that gets away with everything: DC.

    Comment by thebadguy — February 1, 2007 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t see episode as Boston acting out as the Middle Child… I live close to Boston, and the whole thing kinda scared me, even though I can laugh at the absurdity now. Boston is its own city, with its own accents, its own traffic congestion and its own identity.

    Comment by mamadoggylove — February 2, 2007 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  3. I agree totally. Today, the police Commish said… “Just a little over a mile away from the placement of the first device, a group of terrorists boarded airplanes and launched an attack on New York City.” See, Boston has to find a way to be part of it. Just because they got on planes in Boston doesn’t mean that the city was a victim!

    And I, for one, would say that having the Red Sox is not a plus.

    Comment by Marty — February 2, 2007 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  4. lol Marty, no starting flamewars now! 😉

    Comment by missedmanners — February 2, 2007 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

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