In his farewell love letter to Boston, author Omer Aziz expresses his appreciation for the place that became “a North Star” to him over the years.
“My Boston will forever be walks along quiet streets, the glitter of the Charles River, the serenity of the Common in the late afternoon amid Bostonians old and new. My Boston is a bookstore late at night, charming brownstone homes coming to life like fireflies as evening settles,” he writes as he reflects on the things that make the city special to him.
If you’ve moved out of Boston, either temporarily or permanently, we want to know: What do you miss most about the city?
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Here are some of the responses we’ve received so far:
“Walking the city streets; Fall on the Charles River; going to night ballgames at Fenway Park; candlepin bowling; getting the Boston Globe delivered at home; the ocean; the bookstores of Harvard Square; and really good seafood.”-Elliott B., Charleston, WV
“It’s hard to define. I’d say it’s smugness for lack of a better. Smug in that Boston has the best of everything. Sure all great cities have great hospitals, great museums, great sports teams, but in Boston it feels different. It’s like the city has you and will take care of you. My feeling at the horrible Marathon Bombing were sadness and pride. Sadness at the horror and pain and pride at how Boston responded. Everyone who got to one of those great hospitals survived. In my over 30 years in law enforcement I know that doesn’t happen anywhere, except in my smug city of Boston.”-Tony L., Dania Beach, FL
“As Omer Aziz notes, the intellectual curiosity and breadth of Boston is close to impossible to find elsewhere. I’ve always thought this was because of all the Colleges and Universities in and near Boston plus, to some extent, the many prep schools that educate young people who advance into the collegiate environment in Boston. To this day, the Boston Globe is one of my favorite newspapers because of the high quality of its writing and, in particular, its sports coverage. As one of those prep school students just a few decades ago, I used to look forward to the Sunday Globe’s fabulous, expansive columns about all the major sports. I’d read about Baseball and Hockey, and occasionally about Basketball. Football has never been my thing, so I skipped that one. Other than these, I miss Boston’s mass transit...the T and Trolleys that make the city accessible without the hassles of driving. The city and region offers the best fresh fish in the nation, no questions asked; give me Legal Sea Foods or give me canned tuna. There’s nothing in between worth eating. I’ve always protected my sanity by not becoming passionate about the Red Sox or any other area team, which is just how I do things, and I tried not to be one of those obnoxious ‘fair-weather’ fans who waxes poetic when things are positive and moans endlessly when they’re not. I just never cared to commit stats to memory so I could pretend I was passionate about either a star or stars when I had too many interests to fill my time. Finally, Boston in the Fall is almost impossible to beat. The colors, the cool and dry climate, the energy of the many returning students, etc. It’s just magnetic. Sure, Boston is expensive...whoever spelled out the Supply and Demand principle got it exactly right. I was fortunate to be able to afford Metro Boston for many years, and will regard it fondly for the rest of my life.”-Paul L., Surprise, AZ
“The architecture- the palimpsest of four centuries of buildings mashed together at weird angles and surrounding the best urban parks in the U.S.”-Jamie M., Seattle, WA
“I miss the culture. The closeness of the city (small in area but so dicerse in culture) A truly metropolitan city of many ethnic residence and cultures. I miss tne North End, Fanuel Hall, the market place, the seafood, the friendliness, the T Rides to anywhere, and the fact that you can go anywhere in the city without a car.”-Lawrence M., Los Angeles, CA
“I miss my sports teams & talking to anyone about " the game last night “Riding the T, walking thru the common, the changes of the seasons & people that talk just like me.”-Marymm O., Wilmington, NC
“The tangle of streets and the mental map I’d I had in my head. I loved living in a city built to the scale of people, not cars. I moved to a grid city where everyone spoke in intersections that had no meaning to me.”-Maddie K., Chicago, IL
“I miss walking down the streets of Newbury and Back Bay and Beacon Hill in Autumn. I miss the Dunkin on every corner (I never want it, but the idea that its always somewhere close is comforting). I miss the skyline coming into Boston by way of the 90 East. I miss the frenetic activity when you find yourself stuck around North Station during a Celtics game. But the thing I miss the most is the history. The ability to turn a corner in Boston and be transported back in time is a feeling you don’t get anywhere else in America. Things have happened, big things, on almost every corner of this city.”-Nick R., Los Angeles, CA
“Peace and quiet is great but I miss the pulse and pace of city living and roaming through Boston on foot— into Kenmore from Brookline, down Comm Ave and the Back Bay to the swan boats in the Public Garden, up the bumpy brick sidewalks of Beacon Hill to Gov Center and the walk to the sea through Quincy Market and the Greenway to Long Wharf. With the harbor boats sounding their horns, planes taking off from Logan, and a view to the open Atlantic —to me this is the heart of Boston—the sights, smells, sounds, and soul of a great city all from a concrete bench overlooking the water at Long Wharf.”-Linda R., Northampton, MA