Boston’s mayoral candidates talk about “two Bostons” — one rich, one poor. But there’s a third Boston too, a much bigger piece altogether: everyone who is in between. The real challenge for any city or town is making sure those at the bottom rungs of the ladder can climb their way up so that, while they may not necessarily be wealthy, they’re doing well enough.
That, in its essence, is the American Dream: the notion that the United States is a land of opportunity, a place where if we work hard and play by the rules, we — or at least our children — can make it. The circumstances into which we are born shouldn’t dictate how far we can rise.