Boston is a unique place to visit. It’s a place full of people coming from different parts of the world who, in time, have made it their home. These include the Irish, the Italians, West Indians, Haitians, Vietnamese, Jews and several others. Because of this, it has become a place with a strong cultural identity that has made its mark in the country intellectually, technologically and politically together with the rest of the oldest cities in the country.
Intellectually, Boston is considered as “The Athens of America” due to its teaching and research activities. In fact, there are about 100 colleges and universities currently situated in the city; much of which is in Greater Boston area with approximately 250,000 college students enrolled in two of its well-known schools namely Boston University and Cambridge University. Other well-known universities in the area include Northeastern University in Fenway which is known for its concentration in Business and Health Science as well as its cooperative education program, Suffolk University located in Beacon Hill which is popular for its law school and business programs, and Boston College in Boston-Newton border which is a private Catholic Jesuit university, and Boston College in Boston-Newton border which is a private Catholic Jesuit University along with several conservatories and art schools to mention a few. These schools all range in area size, population size and fields of concentration to help accommodate people with different interests and abilities making the city famous for its academic wealth.
Technically, the city is hub for biotechnology because of its growing number of technological companies. These include companies such as 3 Media Web Solutions that focus on computer integrated systems design, 3rd Element which is inclined to computer processing and data preparation and processing services, and 451 Group which provides information retrieval services. Other companies in the area that have contributed to the city’s economic growth include those that provide financial services like Fidelity Investments which helped set the trend for mutual funds in 1980s making Boston one of the top US financial cities, those that provide publishing units such as Little Brown and Company, and many others. All of which have helped boost the economy of the city building it into a powerful metropolis.
Politically, it’s a city that plays a major part in state politics. It’s a very active city owning particularly several properties that are related to the US federal government like the John F. Kennedy Federal Office Building and the Thomas P. O’Neill Federal Building. It also houses the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (First District of the Federal Reserve). Moreover, it has a strong mayor-council government where its mayor is given extensive executive powers for four years straight. All of these identify the city as an active player in politics.
Boston is indeed a unique place to visit for its variety in culture aided by time has presented it with opportunities for growth and development. The diversity has helped unify the people in creating a unique cultural identity intellectually, technically and politically.