Boston January 02, 2018
10 Reasons Why Boston Is The Most Unique City In America
No one could confuse Boston with any other place on earth. The Hub’s history, geography, and culture all make it unique. However, there are specific reasons why Boston is a serious contender for the title of “most unique city in America.” Here are 10 of them:
1. We win…
…A lot. The Celtics hold the record for the most NBA Championship titles ever won – that’s 17 in case you’re counting (which we are).
2. We host the oldest continuously running marathon in the world.
The Boston Marathon, which first took place in 1897, is held on Patriot’s Day. A scant 15 people competed in that first race, with only 10 completing the full distance!
In addition to being historic, the race is also prestigious since it’s one of the World Marathon Majors. Boston was also the first significant marathon to add a wheelchair division competition in 1975.
3. We’re not just brawny, we’re also bright.
U.S. News & World Report,
colleges in Boston proper and its suburbs dominate the top 50 spots in college rankings.
4. We did everything first.
While ideas born in Boston have since spread around the world, the fact that our city had the first school, public beach, public garden, subway system - the list goes on - in the nation supports our nickname as The Hub.
5. Can you hear me now?
The first successful phone call, where each party could actually tell what the other was saying, happened in Boston. Alexander Graham Bell phoned his assistant Thomas Watson and said: "Mr. Watson – come here - I want to see you."
6. We froze the world in time.
Literally. Inside the Mary Baker Eddy library, lies a one-of-a-kind attraction known as the
This massive stained-glass globe stands three stories high. It captures the world’s geographical borders as they appeared in 1935 and you can walk right through it!
7. We pay homage to hoarding.
One of the most intriguing and arresting collections of art and artifacts in the world belonged to Isabella Stewart Gardner. The wealthy Bostonian was an avid traveler who picked up art from all over the world. Both the scale of her collection and its presentation inside Gardner’s "inside out" Venetian Palazzo are incredible.
8. We have the most charming historic street in the country.
This might not be an official title, but Acorn Street in Beacon Hill has cornered the market on historic and quaint. This one block transports you back in time to 19th century Boston – just watch your ankles on the cobblestones.
9. We have a tower that tells us the weather forecast.
The weather beacon atop the old John Hancock Tower displays different colored lights that provide locals with useful info. For instance, if the lights are a steady blue then the skies are clear, while steady red means rain.
10. We love our green monster.
The Green Monster is so much more than a wall; it’s also a Boston icon. The mascot for the Sox is Wally the Green Monster.
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Boston is the best, but what else makes our city unique? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.