new crib

Well, we’re all moved and getting settled into our new house. We’re excited about meeting our neighbors, walking the dog to one of the several dog parks in the area, frequenting Piers Park (in my opinion, the best park in the city), and generally working our way into the fabric of this eclectic and fun neighborhood. In many ways, we’ve already been doing that. For context, we’re still in East Boston, just a few blocks away from our old residence. We’re on the line, somewhat, of a neighborhood of predominately working-class whites and immigrants and a section of primarily middle-class artists and young professionals. Breaking anything in Eastie down cleanly is impossible, however, as there are mixes of all types of people everywhere. Our new digs will put us in closer reach of folks “like us”: twenty- and thirty-somethings, professionals and entrepreneurs, culturally and socially aware, pet owners, etc. (very generally speaking). We are still in close contact with our neighbors from our other neighborhood as well: still watching kids, eating breakfast with a few of them on Sunday mornings, taking trips to the store.

Hopefully, this will give you a better idea about what our life is like in Boston. We couldn’t be happier.

Music: “Photograph, live” by Homer Hiccolm and the Rocketboys

UPDATE: When you are a young white couple buying a home — not a temporary move — in a currently working class / immigrant urban neighborhood like East Boston, people give you funny looks.  Like, “Why would you do something like that?”  They think cities are meerly a short stop on the road to the suburbs for young’uns like us.  But not so.  Considerable evidence points to a return to city centers for many Americans.  One writer even recently suggested that the suburbs might become America’s “next slum“:

For 60 years, Americans have pushed steadily into the suburbs, transforming the landscape and (until recently) leaving cities behind. But today the pendulum is swinging back toward urban living, and there are many reasons to believe this swing will continue. As it does, many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and affluent today, may become what inner cities became in the 1960s and ’70s—slums characterized by poverty, crime, and decay.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. The house looks beautiful. I can’t wait to see it, and you!

    When we get together, I should also share with you all some of the discussions I was having this weekend at my conference, about the push to homeownership and what it means to “revitalize” a community. Good, really interesting stuff.

    Take care, my lovely Holts!

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  2. Hey Steve – long time – no visit. Here’s the key IMO – public schools. No problem in Boston – but Dallas, Houston, Memphis, St. Louis – mega-big problem. At some point you have kiddos needing to go to school – that’s usually when the flight to the suburbs really kicks in. Take care man – and keep doin’ it.

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