A city for genealogists and antique dealers?

  Part of the Boston skyline seen from Memorial Drive,  Cambridge.

Part of the Boston skyline seen from Memorial Drive,  Cambridge.

"Harvard (across the river in Cambridge) and Boston are two ends of one mustache. ... Without the faculty, the visitors, the events that Harvard brings to the life here, Boston would be intolerable to anyone except genealogists, antique dealers, and those who find repletion in a closed local society.''

-- Elizabeth Hardwick (19176-2007), critic and essayist.

Editor's note: Things have changed a lot in Boston recent decades, and it's now a very dynamic and globalized city