Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Moving day in Boston

I was once told that 1 out of every 4 apartment leases in Boston starts on September 1st. This may or may not be true, but what is true is most of Boston and it's surrounding suburbs will be in gridlock starting today and much of the day on September 1st as tens of thousands move into their new apartments.

The large number of September 1st rentals is a result of the college population moving back to Boston and getting ready to start the new academic year. I cannot think of another large metropolitan area that is so significantly influenced by the local college population. Within the metropolitan area there are more than 100 colleges and universities, and according to Wikipedia there are more than 250,000 college students in Boston and Cambridge alone. If that figure is correct then that means college students comprise more than 35% of the population.
Despite the fact that parking will soon become near impossible with tens of thousands of college students (many for the first time) moving into Boston, I look forward to their return. The soul of Boston is tied to the students who come here and make it their home (at least for awhile). Its partly why Boston remains one of the youngest cities in the US despite the Northeast having one of the oldest populations. The students and those who stay after graduating shape and influence this city as much today as the immigrants who are a part of this city's history or the large employers who have helped draw people here with good jobs.

Boston Trivia: name the college / university shown in the 2nd photo




6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boston University?

Bern

Tony (LT) said...

100 colleges and still no good football. :-)

BosGuy said...

Anonymous is correct. Well done.

Alex Zora said...

That's my Alma Mater, Boston U... Marsh Chapel, and the College of Arts and Sciences building! Go BU!

Anonymous said...

gosh, do you remember trying to get around town about 15 years ago on 9/1? I think we were trying to get to brent.....

truthspew said...

Well here in Providence we have Brown, RISD, JWU, PC, URI Extension, and CCRI.

Collectively adds about 30,000 to Providence.

But I notice it in many ways. First, the Asiatic population of the city suddenly increases, the traffic increases, and try finding a blasted Zipcar when you want it these first few weeks.