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Boston sports culture[edit]

How can this be listed as one of the biggest contributions to human civilization along with academics? Boston sports culture only affects Boston. 9 championships in the last 16 years doesn't make it the most impactful sports scene over NYC, Chicago, Philly, LA, etc. Los Angeles has 8 championships in 16 years. What happens if it ties Boston this year if the Rams/Clippers/Dodgers or Kings win? It's pretty stupid. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.170.198.130 (talk) 17:26, 15 March 2016 (UTC)

Same street name 5 times.[edit]

Heard this interesting tidbit. I heard someone say because of municipal annexation, Boston wound up with the irregularity where it has the same street name 5 times and they don't necc. connect at all... I found them. Washington St. is the name.

  • Washington Street. Charlestown (Boston) is to the southeast of the Bunker Hill Community College. It proceeds a few blocks and then stops.
  • Washington Street, Downtown (Boston proper), begins at old State House (junction with Court Street and State Street, proceeds southward, passes through Dudley, proceeds out to Jamaica Plain where it turns into Hyde Park Ave..
  • Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, forms anew on the opposite side of Hyde Park Avenue/Forest Hills T station, and proceeds through Hyde Park + Roselindale eventually ends out in town of Walpole.
  • Washington Street, Dorchester, begins in Grove Hall, Dorchester at Blue Hill Avenue, proceeds south, and ends in Dorchester Lower Mills near Milton.
  • Washington Street, Newton Corner (at Mass. Pike) proceeds through (Brighton, Boston); continues to town of Brookline ending near Route 9/Riverway. CaribDigita (talk) 08:33, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

True, but the one in Jamaica Plain is technically a continuation of the one that begins in Downtown (in that the numbers continue on the street after Forest Hills)209.6.159.185 (talk) 15:46, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Image overload[edit]

Boston has to be the most flagrant example of image overload I have ever seen on a featured article. How it was allowed to fall apart so spectacularly, and how it's still granted featured status, is puzzling to say the least. - HappyWaldo (talk) 03:45, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

@HappyWaldo: This article seems to have an issue with images creeping into it over time. This was a concern at the last FA review. It had 35 images after that review, it now has 72. I believe a pruning is in order. Winner 42 Talk to me! 04:26, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
I would suggest getting rid of the gallery at the bottom, as well as images of the same subject. If a building appears in the lead montage then it almost certainly doesn't need to be represented elsewhere in the article. (Re)move images to avoid squashing text. Stacking panoramas of city skylines is another unfortunate trend. I'm hesitant to make any of these changes myself because I don't know much about Boston. - HappyWaldo (talk) 04:43, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
The gallery actually serves some useful function, as a place for good photos that aren't immediately relevant to the text of the article. Its existence makes it easier to rigorously require that all other photos be relevant to the text they are inserted next to. After setting up a gallery in other articles, I have found it to be easier to move irrelevant photos out of the main text, and to later prune the gallery of excessive and redundant ones without getting a lot of protests and re-insertions. I do agree that the article has accumulated too many photos, and needs to be pruned. Reify-tech (talk) 05:33, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
Wikipedia is not an image repository WP:NOTGALLERY. If readers want to look at a wall of Boston-related images they can go to Wiki Commons, Flickr, or a tourism website. Otherwise images should only be used where they're actually needed. - HappyWaldo (talk) 05:46, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
Houston's another FA article which is suffering from this same problem. This article definitely needs photo trimming. I too agree with WP:NOTGALLERY, and I've had exactly the opposite experience than Reify-tech, in that editors have argued more about including stuff in the gallery (or creating a gallery). Perhaps an RfC at US Cities is in order? It's kind of like when you decorate a house: it can be tastefully done, and wall ornamentation can add to the room's ambience, or you can cram a picture or knick-knack into every square inch of open space, which simply looks cluttered. Onel5969 TT me 12:31, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
Another suggestion is to revert to this montage. The current one has some very average shots and falls under WP:NOTGALLERY. - HappyWaldo (talk) 11:58, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

"Boston Museum"[edit]

Boston Museum

What is this building? Thanks. I looked the Boston Museum disambiguation page but the results didn't easily resolve the issue. Thanks. OrganicEarth (talk) 21:48, 26 July 2015 (UTC)

It looks like Tremont Street since the King's burial ground appears to be in the right corner. I believe it's just office buildings now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 149.101.1.120 (talk) 20:56, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
Yes, it's the second building of the Boston Museum (theatre) at 28 Tremont Street. NewtonCourt (talk) 01:59, 13 April 2016 (UTC)
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The Irish population in Boston[edit]

When did the Irish become either the largest ethnic group or the majority of Boston's population? I would like to know and may be included in the study of Irish culture in Boston. Either this happened between 1850 and 1880, the peak of Irish immigration to the USA and a large proportion of Irish immigrants settled in Boston, except New York City has more Irish by numbers. The South Shore (Massachusetts) region about 25 miles south of Boston now has the US' highest percentage of ethnic Irish descent and the highest percentage of Irish in any town in the South Shore has to be 60 percent. 2605:E000:FDCA:4200:8CE3:33F8:10A3:5BB8 (talk) 23:18, 27 December 2015 (UTC)

Title montage image[edit]

Can someone please replace the title montage image? I'm sure there are better choices. Castncoot (talk) 18:34, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

I hate the current one. (Also 99% sure it isn't an 'own work' as licensed). This one was used for a while and looks decent. AlexiusHoratius 22:57, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
I feel that the very top picture would be a good one to start replacing, whoever wants and knows how to do so should feel free. I'm not thrilled about that old montage, either. Castncoot (talk) 23:52, 12 May 2016 (UTC)