Sunday, January 21, 1996


Doug Phipps on growing old and gray at the Guardian

People are crazy to live in NYC.I would much rather be in Boston. I grew up in Winchester, 8 miles north, and saw Gov John Wolpe take the commuter train to Boston every morning. It was a small town of 20k, fairly rich and we had a football feud with more plebeian Woburn that dated back to 1888, or even more.From Winchester I could take the bike to Cambridge , to shop ot the Harvard Coop, three miles to Mass Av and 5 more to harv Sq.In Cassmbridge today ypu are safe, day and night, no shops roll iron over their show windows at nigght
Going on theres Lex and Concord, 20 mi from Boston.

Out of B, NE you can get to so many seaside places - Salem, 17C seaport, with ancient bldgs now somewhat kept up, low rents. That's where the NE sea captains went out to bring the riches of the world to Boston Peabody and Essex museums, the witch trials, history on every corner. . Newburyport, Marblehead, Rockport beaches one hr North, Plum Isl nat preserve,1 1/2 hr. Ipswich, Gloucester - within one hr.

Go further N to Hampton beaches in NH, the summer resort of the working class. In 3hrs you are in Me, eating $4 lobster in a lobster shack in Kittery or Ogunquit, and an hour later shopping in the huge LLBean outlet in Newport

Going W of B Tanglewood is 30 mi.

Going SE in 1 hr your'e at the Plymouth Land, 1 1/2 h - Cape Cod canal, ready to go to the beaches .

But the most esential thing is that you have easy suburban, danger free living, where kids can be out on the street and at night within 20 miles of the city wiith easy access on the Boston and Maine.

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