40 Reasons to Love Boston

For four decades, we’ve been celebrating the very best of Boston. In honor of that anniversary, here are 40 of the reasons we’re so proud to call this city home.

1.

Because on Patriot’s Day 2014, 5,633 runners will get their chance to finish the race.

Boston Marathon Last Mile

Photo via AP

2.

Because whoever ends up as our first new mayor in 20 years will inherit a boom town.

Aside from DC, Boston’s growing faster than any metro area in the Northeast, and our tech, medical, and academic wizardry are poised to lead the world economy of the future.

3.

Because a quarter of a million college students reside in Boston and Cambridge, making us America’s youngest major metropolis.

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Students Photo via jon.t / Flickr

4.

Because for all the T’s problems, it’s still cool that to pay with your CharlieCard all you have to do is bump your wallet on the pad. (And yes, we know that walking between certain stops is sometimes faster than riding.)

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CharlieCard and Boston Map Photo via Muffet / Flickr

5.

Because we don’t need actual lanes or street signs to know where we’re going.

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Photo via HerzogBr / Flickr

If you can drive here, you can drive anywhere.

6.

Because, far from the klieg lights of Broadway, we incubate truly innovative theater. 

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PIPPIN PHOTO VIA A.R.T.

How did a regional university theater company come to dominate the Tony awards? Diane Paulus, that’s how. The powerhouse artistic director of Harvard’s American Repertory Theater helped the A.R.T. win the Tony for best revival of a musical for the past two years straight: The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, in 2012, and this year with Pippin (which also earned her the directing award). Can the A.R.T.’s hot streak continue? It looks that way, with The Glass Menagerie—which stars Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto—earning rave reviews and a move to Broadway next month.

7.

Because Massachusetts receives the most venture capital funding per capita in the country… and the next state isn’t even close.

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Piggy Bank Photo via Melpomene / Shutterstock

8.

Because one of our sports icons—Gino!—has never donned a uniform.

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TD Garden Photo via Christopher Penler / Shutterstock.com

9.

Because our favorite piece of jewelry is a ring.

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10.

Because the cures for cancer and other diseases will most likely be found here.

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Lab Glassware Photo via Barbol / Shutterstock

Last year, UMass professor Katherine Luzuriaga and her team effectively cured an infant born with HIV. Harvard’s Pardis Sabeti has a decent shot at wiping out malaria. And Boston Children’s Hospital recently announced that it was on the verge of curing type 1 diabetes.


Yiqing Shao Yiqing Shao, Digital Editor at Boston Magazine bmagdigital+yshao@gmail.com