Who’s excited for “BC’s Not in Boston” hand wringing!!1!!11!?1!ELEVEN
The headline and tone of this morning’s Globe article about the location of Mayor Elect Marty Walsh’s inauguration – set for, GASP, Boston College’s Conte Forum – is seemingly questioning the validity of the actual town border for determining what is and what isn’t Boston. Hell, the URL of the article is “inauguration-ceremony-mayor-elect-martin-walsh-squeaks-boston-border”.
Of course, the article begrudgingly points out that the January 6th event is being held in a location that maintains a 27-pace distance from the town line of Newton. “But it’s mailing address is Chestnut Hill,” reminds the second paragraph of the story.
Instead of worrying about where in Boston the event will be – and, again, this building is in Boston, mind you – look at why: it can be inside, accommodate nearly 9,000 people, comes with lots of parking since classes aren’t back yet and, most importantly, offers something significant to Walsh. While a state rep, Walsh completed his bachelor’s attending the College of Advancing Studies at BC in the evenings. Lest I turn this too much into a commercial, those all seem like perfectly valid reasons.
The Globe isn’t the first, and given how noted Boston Twitters and Media were all aflutter when the announcement was made early in December (my defense was equally scoffed, thanks Annear), this will probably be a story through the first week of the year. Of course, why cover the actual inauguration if we can gin up a little more hate at BC’s way?
Just think of the positive: no downtown traffic on the first Monday back to work for many folks. Save your hate for the Beanpot.