You may have seen the Globe Magazine article complaining about how Boston's becoming a city of the ultra-rich.
John Keith says it's time to stop blaming rich people for the exodus of the middle class, in part because the middle class started fleeing after World War II, long before anybody'd ever heard of "yuppies," in part because the rich neighborhoods pay the bulk of the city's taxes, in part because what they replaced wasn't all that good anyway:
... As I sit here in my Ivory Tower on Union Park, looking out at the neighborhood below me, what do I see? I see a fancy restaurant across the street, where a goddamn liquor store used to be with drunks lying in their own piss around the front of it (circa 1989, people). I see building after building rebuilt, restored, and now, reinhabited by a class of people you haven't seen in Boston since H.H. Richardson sat down and drew himself a church, since the Charles River was a mess of smelly mud flats spewing raw sewerage, where today people spend a million dollars on a thousand square feet of living space.
More importantly, I see families, yes, families, moving into the city - husband, wife, baby. INTO the city, not out of. Rich, white families who not only appear willing to pay their property taxes (from which they receive practically nothing), but are even willing to pay the added expense of sending their own children to private daycare, pre-school, and day school. ...
He also wonders whether Boston Proper (the city north of the Fenway, east of Kenmore and on the left side of the Harbor, basically) should just break away from all the "netherlands" of places like Roslindale, Hyde Park and Dorchester.