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Curbed, which long confined itself to covering the real-estate market south of the Bronx and north of Staten Island, has decided to cover our Fair Hub (just in time to watch the local housing bubble burst; hooray, more options for Brooklynites priced out of the City!). But they're having some trouble with the concept that Boston just doesn't have boroughs (kids, they're called "neighborhoods").

Also see: The Boston Real Estate Blog and Boston Housing Market Update.

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Why is Curbed doing this?!! Are they just bored with their regular ol' stories, or are they planning on local Curbed editions???!

If they need someone to write snarky blog entries, all they need to do is ask!

I'm a lover, not a fighter...

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To be fair, in NYC neighborhoods are subcategories of boroughs.

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Sure, and in some of the boroughs, those neighborhoods even count as part of your address, just like here (Midwood, NY, 11230 reporting for duty!). But the thing I linked to expressed a certain je ne sais quois about the difference between JP and Dorchester.

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I think that writing one's address with a neighborhood instead of a borough is pretty much the province of Queens. I used to live in 11230, and everyone I knew just wrote "Brooklyn."

It is fair, though, for the Curbed folks to feel a little confused about the distinctions. After all, if you live in Back Bay, you address your envelopes with "Boston," but if you're in Roxbury, you write "Roxbury," even though both places are part of Boston. The secret is, it's no more or less confusing than New York, but it's differently confusing.

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Where in 11230?

And thinking back, yes, you're right - it was Brooklyn, NY, 11230. The mind is a terrible thing to lose!

We now return you to your regular Boston discussions, already in progress.

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