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Roslindale is Boston's friendliest neighborhood

We were heading toward Forest Hills on the Orange Line this afternoon when the woman across from us asked me if I knew what the weather would be like tomorrow. I didn't have a clue, but I told her I'd look it up on my phone. I got the weather and told her.

She thanked me and then asked if I were from Roslindale. When I said yes, she said, "I thought so. People from Roslindale are just friendlier."

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That's lovely, an anecdote like this reminds me why I love living here so much.

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I agree Roslindale is a nice place. People say hello to my 2yo daughter all the time.

But I do notice that her comments were relative. Was she really just saying people from JP aren't as nice? :-)

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She was kind of emphatic about the extra niceness of Roslindale.

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Let's be fair West Roxbury has just as many friendly people:)

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My wife and I have lived in Roslindale for three years and seriously have the best neighboors we have ever had. One just offered to help me build a shed. They have all been here for 10 years or more and really are some of the friendliest people I have know

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..that you were from New York!

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who and the what now?

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...where our family (as obvious visitors) has been treated with as much kindness as in New York City.

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and have had nothing but positive experiences there.

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who and the what now?

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This kind of saccharin bs seems to be something that humans have to engage in. I have lived in tiny towns and big cities. I have lived in the desert. I have lived on both sides of the Continental Divide. I have yet to find that magical place where the people are more friendly, or more rude, or more insane, or more X than predicted by a simple Gaussian distribution.

You see this on the news, when some idiot goes on a rampage and kills all the people at his place of employment in some small place you have maybe never heard of. The first quote shown on the news will be the obligatory: "He was a quiet man.", followed by the other hoary chestnut: "I never thought it could happen here." or: "I thought this kind of thing only happened in big cities."

News Flash: 1 out of 10,00 or so humans is pathological. There are more in New York because there are more people there. But the odds are that in your little burg of 20,000 out in Iowa, there are a couple of timebombs.

It was the Texan Chainsaw Massacre, not the Brooklyn Chainsaw Massacre.

Ed Gein. Plainfield, Wisconsin. Population 899.

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The one time I covered a murder where all the neighbors said they knew something like this would happen, the guy was nuts, it was only a question of time, the editors cut all of that out of the story.

It's a conspiracy, I tell ya!

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