There’s a large group of underrepresented people with a lot at stake in Boston’s mayoral election — those who live just outside the city.
It may be sacrilegious to say as a Cambridge city councilor, but when I was on a fellowship in Europe last summer and told people I was from Cambridge, they assumed it was the one in the United Kingdom. It wasn’t until I mentioned Boston that people understood where I lived. Of course, the distinctiveness and hyperlocal nature of New England’s cities and towns make this region a unique place to live. But to the rest of the world, we are all Bostonians.