Chat with the creators of Boston.com's Dreamtown Finder

Chat with the creators of Boston.com's Dreamtown Finder

  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:15:12 PM
    best measure of hipster: count number of guys wearing those funky hats with the narrow brims, a la Frank Sinatra 1955.
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  • Andrew Tran, BostonGlobe.com 4/30/2013 5:15:23 PM
    I asked the copy editors to take the test and they all mostly got Berlin, which was surprising to them.
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  • alvin chang 4/30/2013 5:15:44 PM
    So here's a better question: Hipsters want to be cool before they are cool... how can we find the towns that are about to be cool? (Would that break a hipster's brain? Anne?)
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:15:47 PM
    I got Lanesborough and I'm moving.
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  • klandergan 4/30/2013 5:15:56 PM
    I got Cambridge, which is the place I would love to live the most. So it definitely works!
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:18:03 PM
    I'd like to move or Cambridge or Somerville, myself. Alls I need to do is hit the Lottery...
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  • alvin chang 4/30/2013 5:18:49 PM
    I got Cambridge as well... and I live in Cambridge. But then again, I built the back end for this, so maybe I was subconsciously coding for positive feedback.
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  • Catherine Cloutier 4/30/2013 5:18:58 PM
    If you're just logging on now and haven't taken the Dreamtown Finder test, here's the link: www.boston.com
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  • alvin chang 4/30/2013 5:19:59 PM
    So when you guys look for places, how much do you consider whether there will be people like you?
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  • Catherine Cloutier 4/30/2013 5:20:41 PM
    Here's a weird fact from our research: Somerville, whose Davis Square seems to be a bastion of hipsterdom, didn't even make our top 10 hipster places.
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:21:15 PM
    Loyal followers, pls RT. We have so much to share in this chat...
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  • Andrew Tran, BostonGlobe.com 4/30/2013 5:21:27 PM

    Found in the Boston Globe archives

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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:22:34 PM
    well, Andrew from Lanesboro, I am sure there are some Worcesterites out there who would love to defend their fair city. Worcesterites? Hello??
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:24:00 PM
    Ques: when people are looking at schools when they are considering moving, what helps influence yr decision? General reputatuion? MCAS scores? SATs? Diversity?
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  • Holly Butcher 4/30/2013 5:24:36 PM
    Interesting app! I got Lanesborough, a place I have never actually heard of or been to. As someone fairly new to the Boston area (and East Coast), this gives me a new place to explore based on my answers. However, I don't think I would want to move to Western Mass because of my job and preference for the city lifestyle.
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  • alvin chang 4/30/2013 5:26:22 PM
    Monroe's average home price is $95,000. Tom Brady makes enough to buy an average home there after throwing 8 passes... don't even need to be completed passes. www.boston.com
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:27:12 PM
    That's interesting, Holly. I would point out that you can pick some different geo settings -- South, North, West of Boston. That definitely helps limit yr search and prevents Lanesboro from popping up. Not that I have anything against Lanesboro or Lanesborians.,
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  • Catherine Cloutier 4/30/2013 5:27:57 PM
    In addition to hipster, we also looked at "fun," namely how many bars, restaurants and movie theaters are in a town. What's your guess for the most fun town in Mass.? Hint: you can cheat by looking here: www.boston.com
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:29:26 PM
    Catherine I guessed wrong on most "fun" city -- and I helped create the darn thing... I picked Somerville. (hint: that's wrong answer.)
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  • Andrew Tran, BostonGlobe.com 4/30/2013 5:30:15 PM
    From Wikipedia: Lanesborough was first settled in 1753 and was officially incorporated in 1765. It was renamed Lanesborough, for the Countess of Lanesborough, a friend of Governor Francis Bernard, who incorporated the town.
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  • alvin chang 4/30/2013 5:31:20 PM
    So here's a question I have for you guys: What kind of sacrifices did you make to live in your current apartment/house? I ask this as someone who has lived in six different places in six years.
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:37:40 PM
    re DreamTown: on a serious note for a sec, this is the 1st of what we hope will be a string of data-related projects, ranging from the totally serious to more fun. if people have ideas about what they would like to see researched, pls feel free to tell us.
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  • Catherine Cloutier 4/30/2013 5:40:55 PM
    People out there, how about answering us this: Were you pleased with the town you got?
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  • alvin chang 4/30/2013 5:41:04 PM
    OK, so we have the "hipster" ranking. What other things could we ask for? Coffee quality? Air quality? "Niceness" of townspeople?
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:48:05 PM
    We may be losing Alvin. Might have to speak to a group.
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  • Catherine Cloutier 4/30/2013 5:49:33 PM
    Also, our resident from Lanesborough is gone. So, you've just got Matt and me.
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  • Catherine Cloutier 4/30/2013 5:50:07 PM
    Any questions about the project? Ideas for future projects? Unrelated rants? Now's your time.
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:51:36 PM
    I'd love to do a project that looks at which coffee co. people prefer. And I'm not going to say any more...
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:52:47 PM
    There's so many projects the Globe could do -- and now's yr chance to talk to the people who do those projects. What ideas do people have? What should we be writing about?
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  • Catherine Cloutier 4/30/2013 5:53:17 PM
    I'm listing the top 25 towns in Mass. across all of our Dreamtown Finder metrics. What do you think number one is?
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  • matthewscarroll 4/30/2013 5:57:47 PM
    Thanks for everyone who participated. We got so many interesting ideas & have so much to think about for V2. Thanks again!
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  • Catherine Cloutier 4/30/2013 5:58:39 PM
    Thanks, all. If you want to comment on the project outside of this chat, you can do so here: www.boston.com
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