|Harvard's Winthrop House|
Here's a good Moot Court topic: Which city is preppier - Boston or Cambridge?
On our most recent visit to Boston and Cambridge, walking around looking for signs of Spring, we found ourselves debating the merits of both cities. At the end of the day, we mulled the apples to oranges comparison of, in terms of architecture, public space, stores, contribution to and acknowledgement of history, and general tone, which city is preppier?
Here are some images from (and exhibits for) each, which we took over the weekend. Please vote for your favorite in the poll.
This post is (as this trip was) necessarily influenced by my interest in genealogy. If the topic offends you, please read no further.
It is impossible to talk about these two cities for too long without talking about Governor Thomas Dudley and Governor John Winthrop, the first and second Governors of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They are both my husband’s tenth great grandfathers, and between the two of them they founded Boston, Cambridge, the First Church in Boston, and Boston Latin School. It was Thomas Dudley who signed the Charter founding Harvard College.
Lineage can sometimes be an amusing subject in our house, as my ancestors were always in a slightly subservient role to my husband’s (he is a direct descendant of King Edward I, William the Conqueror, and Charlemagne. My ancestors were "Gentlemen Volunteers" to such people.)
Exhibits for Boston:
|There is the always lovely Public Garden.|
|A walk up Beacon Street...|
|...took us past the Massachusetts State House on the way to King’s Chapel Burying Ground.|
|Boston has Brooks Brothers and other Newbury Street stores.|
|First Church in Boston|
Exhibits for Cambridge:
|Harvard Square's J. Press|
|The Andover Shop|
A 10th great grandfather
|Cambridge, of course, has Harvard.|
|We actually had this debate at Pinocchio's, which may shed some light on which side I fell. The feeling in Pinocchio's always reminds me of the original location of Regina Pizzeria from decades ago, although less drafty!|
Addendum, in response to some comments (which are great, and the debate is appreciated): Genealogy doesn't bestow credentials, but can inform perspectives. Bringing it up aggressively and competitively is just as disingenuous as hiding it or being deliberately coy when it is relevant to a topic at hand. The background presented here is one direct influence on this blog, and so may be of interest (and even clarifying) to at least some people reading this.
Addendum 2: Here are the final results of the poll: