About Boston

ABOUT BOSTON

Boston is Massachusetts’ capital city, and it is the largest city in the New England region. Home to close to 700,000, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The Boston area is the original homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag, Aquinnah Wampanoag, Nipmuc Nations, and Massachusett Peoples. Boston is often recognized as an international hub for higher education, with 52 institutions in the greater Boston area, 35 in the city of Boston alone. The last time Boston hosted ACPA-College Student Educators International was for the 2010 Convention.
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Boston Fun Facts

  • Boston Common is the oldest public park in the US.
  • Boston was the first American city to build a subway (the Tremont Street Subway), built in 1897.
  • On January 15, 1919, a storage tank full of 2 million gallons of molasses burst, flooding the North End of the city with molasses. Some say they can still smell hints of molasses in the North End.
  • The original Dunkin’ Donuts is located in Quincy, Massachusetts (about 11 miles south of Boston).
  • Over 140 languages are spoken in Boston, with residents from over 80 countries around the world.
  • Home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912, Fenway Park is the oldest Major League baseball stadium still in use.

Back Bay History (from the City of Boston)

The Back Bay was originally a tidal body of water, used for mill operations. In the mid-19th century extensive landfilling began, resulting in over 450 acres of useable land by the 1880s. The Back Bay was an early planned fashionable residential district, based on Baron Haussmann’s plans to remake Paris. As the tidal flats were slowly filled in, beginning at the edge of the Public Garden and extending westward, residential construction advanced on filled-in lots as they became available. As a result, Back Bay, when viewed in block sequence, illustrates the changing tastes and stylistic evolution of American architecture over the course of the mid- to late 19th and early 20th centuries. Commercial development started on Boylston Street around 1880, and on Newbury Street in the early 20th century, in some cases adapting existing row houses.  For more Back Bay history, please see this link.

Weather

Be prepared.  March weather in Boston can be very unpredictable. In March 2018, Boston experienced its largest snowstorm of the winter season, seeing 15 inches of snow on March 13 (when ACPA18 in Houston was happening!). March 2018 also saw temperatures of up to 55 degrees, and as low as 28 degrees. March averages for Boston are a high of 46 degrees, and a low of 31 degrees. Be prepared for a range of weather and temperatures. As Mark Twain coined, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”