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Turns out, Boston really is the hub, new survey finds

Suburbanites say they’re more inclined to visit; Menino praised

Residents of Greater Boston identify deeply with the capital city, and see it as a resurgent urban center that suburbanites visit more frequently than a decade ago, according to a new University of Massachusetts Amherst/Boston Globe poll.

Almost 90 percent of residents polled in Eastern Massachusetts believe the city has improved over the past two decades, according to the poll, which surveyed a region that is home to 3.3 million living inside Interstate 495. People said they feel safe in Boston, that race relations have improved, and that the city is better because Boston Harbor is cleaner; the Big Dig buried the Central Artery; and the development of the Seaport injected vibrancy into a once-forlorn stretch of waterfront.

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