Dear new Allston tenants,
The place you’ll be moving into tomorrow is a truly special place. The fondest of my transformative young adult memories will always remain in the hallowed halls of your new apartment, lingering like breath on a mirror.
The town you’ll be moving into has almost this grungy wonderland charm to it. It’s almost like a Neverland, a comfortable place where you can be whomever you want to be. Do you want to be an yuppy? Sure. Do you want to be a perpetually drunk fraternal scion? Go for it. It’s a comfortable place where you really work on developing your soul; you’ll be able to groom the pinpricks of your spirit’s roughest edges, hardening yourself before launching into the “real world” as if ejected by a catapult.
That’s not to say there won’t be some difficult adjustments, and with all of the good things that will hopefully come there will be some odd adjustments to make. Given Allston’s nature to those seeking an experimental haven, you’ll be surrounded by people who might not entirely be on your equivalent stage of development. Cambridge has the high-tech and driven entrepreneurs or students, Somerville has the gentle hipsters, Downtown Boston has the ambitious financial sector, but Allston doesn’t really have one particular vibe. It’s a kaleidoscopic, even cubist amalgam of various parties and interests. One morning you’ll wake up to someone belting lyrics to a newly written “emo” song, and on some nights you’ll find it difficult to sleep to the tempo of a party next door.
Don’t fret though, everyone must pay their dues and with these little nit-picky negatives, even with the rodents that infest the streets, Allston will invariably help you gain strength that you never could have fathomed. It truly is Neverland. Stay for as long as you need to, experiment as much as you want. Personally, I won’t forget a single note, a single melody. I will always remember a time when I lived where you are living now.
Take care of my old home, and say hi to the Green Line for me. I’m grateful yet sullen about leaving this place. However, I’m a growing young man and it’s time I set off for a new adventure. One day, I hope to see you too. I hope that we can share our tales of how running Allston’s gauntlet has changed us and shaped us and set us off on the grandest, and yellowest of brick roads.
See you soon.
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This was originally posted February 26, 2010.
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Regarding feedback: I love it. But keep in mind that this is part 1 of 6, so there’s a pretty good chance I’m already planning on talking about whatever you’re thinking off. Send me a message anyway, be my guest, just keep that in mind. And, if your feedback is more of the “sharing my ideas on the subject” variety, it’s probably more valuable to the fandom as a reblog - put your words out there so everyone can benefit from them, not just me (I promise I’ll be reading all the reblogs on this post anyway, so I’ll still see it.)
(Also, please let me know if you notice any typos/factual errors. I’ll likely polish this up for a downloadable final version, so any mistakes you catch now would really help me out later.)
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