I don’t know how much of this he wants me to say to the online world, so I’ll just give the minimum. Mike had an interview in Boston yesterday, and it went really well, and he’s got a second interview already. It’s ideally located (State St.), Mike LOVES Boston, and the company is based in PARIS….which means that there could be possible travel to there or their other awesomely located offices.

So we started talking about Boston, which he visited with me over break, and HYPOTHETICALLY about what would happen if he got the job. Particularly to where he would live.

I started talking about all the neighborhoods and describing them, but then I realized that I could just compare them to neighborhoods in New York!

Here are the comparisons that I thought of. (Note: I’m not doing it financially, since everything in New York is SO much more expensive than anywhere else.)

Cambridge = Greenwich Village. There are nice parts and less nice parts (West and East Village, plus the whole area where RENT takes place), and Washington Square Park/the NYU area is completely analagous to Harvard Square and the Harvard area!

Beacon Hill = Upper East Side. Old money, blue bloods, expensive, great view of the Common/Park. Of course, nowadays, there are a lot of younger people moving in, but the atmosphere remains.

South End = Chelsea. Somewhat funky. Very gay.

Mattapan = wherever’s the worst part of Harlem. Someplace where you REALLY wouldn’t want to spend time if you had the choice, and where you’d be the only white person around.

Dorchester = Washington Heights. Not nearly as bad as Mattapan/worst part of Harlem, but with a lot of bad areas, and more mixed racially. Also, surprisingly on the rise, probably to become a new powerful neighborhood in a decade or so — I think Dorchester’s going to explode one of these days, in a good way.

Back Bay = Upper West Side. Definitely a well-to-do area, but trendier and younger than Beacon Hill/Upper East Side.

North End = Little Italy. If only because guidebooks refer to the North End as “Boston’s Little Italy.” Also, Chinatown = Chinatown.

Theatre District = do they call it the Theatre District? Times Square, Midtown, that area. Lots of theatres.

Financial District = Downtown. Where all the business takes place, and all the tall buildings reign.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. The thing is, Boston has something that New York really obviously lacks — a hybrid area of the urban and suburban, like Brighton, or the richer Brookline or even the poorer Somerville. And New York doesn’t even have an Irish neighborhood, which is interesting in itself.

I’d really like to know what you think about this — leave me some comments!

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