Now, if Kane's went out of business, cutting off my access to those coffee rolls the size of my head...well, that would be a tragedy. On the other hand, the opening of the KK in the Pru just makes my weekly CD shopping trips on Newbury Street that much more enjoyable. There's room for both in my world.
I personally don't rate them very highly, but a lot of people swear by Twin Donuts in Union Square Allston, including my wife.
Best doughnuts in all of Massachusetts, though: Donut Dip out in West Springfield. No contest.
Lucky, how can you get rid of the car in MA? You gotta get to the Cape, Wingersheek Beach, North Conway, Providence, Woodstock, Newburyport, etc. etc.
The tireless employees of Budget Rent-A-Car, my friend. I walk three blocks from my house to Brighton Ave and I've got wheels for a weekend for the whopping price of between $40 and $60. And when I'm done, I drop the car off at the lot and I walk home. No need for parking (no fistfights over a space, no need to be troubled by the idiots who think that because they shoveled out a spot once, it's theirs until the spring thaw), no need to hold insurance (saves me hundreds of dollars a year right there!), no need for astronomical car payments (ditto, only substitute "thousands"), no need to wait in line at the Allston Car Wash to get it detailed, none of that. It might seem like an extravagance at first, but think about it: if I rented a car for the weekend EVERY weekend, at say $50 a pop, that's $2600 a year in rental fees and that's before you factor in the freebies and discounts I get for being a frequent renter, which believe me add up. (Free rentals, free upgrades, the works!) I could not possibly own a new low-mileage car like the ones I rent for less than $2600 a year, especially once you factor in insurance, parking, fees, and maintenance. Renting cars is a comparative bargain!
And if I need to get someplace in town, there's the T (another comparative bargain -- even with the new fare increase, try taking the subway or a bus in New York City for those prices, and try getting ANYWHERE via public transportation in any other city!), Zipcar, the occasional taxi and even -- shock horror -- my feet. Now, personally, I'm from Texas, and I would not recommend doing this in someplace like San Antonio or Lubbock, but living without a car in Boston is dead easy.
However-living with in yor means---exactly how does a young guy with a wife and kid and $40000 a year supposed to do that when the house he needs STARTS at $350,000! Tough to start out with a family and a 1/3 of a million in debt even if it is at 5% interest! Stats for Bostaon area show huge increasees in personal debt--to me-having enough to cover the bills dosnt always mean "living within your means"---thats living from paycheck to paycheck---and thats scary with a family to support.
I understand entirely, Tiki. That would be scary to me too. I recognize entirely that I am EXCEEDINGLY lucky because I personally am in a situation where I don't have to worry about housing costs (the house we live in has been in my wife's family for close to 50 years and is free and clear) and, not having any kids, we don't have to worry about those expenses. Trust me, I'm cognizant of how apt the first part of my screen name is. The thing is, if I couldn't afford to live in Boston, I wouldn't live in Boston. The sad truth of our economic system is that not every city is within everyone's means, and if someone can't afford to live in Boston without going into debt, they shouldn't live in Boston.
Anyway, I don't mean to thread-jack, but I felt those points needed addressing.