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15 Reasons Boston Is The City That Just Keeps Getting Better

Not that it wasn't always the best... now it's just better than the best. And with a new direct route from Boston to Dubai on Emirates, there's no sign of Boston slowing down any time soon.

1. The city's layout makes little to no sense, making it... confusing? No! Giving it character!

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Who cares if Boston's transport system looks like a kid had at it with a couple of crayons? It's definitely more interesting than living on a grid. And like the city itself, it's constantly improving. Not only was Boston ranked the third best U.S. city for public transit, but with new countdown clocks and continuing expansions, the MBTA is vying for #1!

2. Plus, America's biggest college town is more accessible to party in than ever!

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Ask and you shall receive! The Boston subway system, the MBTA, will run for two extra hours on the weekends!

3. Did you catch the view in the picture above? No wonder more and more movies are moving out of Hollywood and finding themselves in Beantown.

MONEYBALL, Brad Pitt, 2011. ph: Melinda Sue Gordon / ©Columbia Pictures / Everett Collection
THE HEAT, from left: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, 2013. ph: Gemma La Mana/TM and ©Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Everett Collection
TED, from left: Mark Wahlberg, Ted (voice: Seth MacFarlane), 2012./ph: Claire Folger / © Universal Pictures / Everett Collection

4. Boston's also a breeding ground for American treasures!

MOONRISE KINGDOM, Edward Norton (center), Charlie Kilgore (right), 2012. /©Focus Features / Everett Collection
Darren Michaels / ©Focus Features / Everett Collection

I mean... Scout Master Ward! Tami Taylor!! C'mon now...

5. And in more exciting movie news, the new Batman is already a Boston hero!

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The 2016 Batman-Superman movie will feature Boston native Ben Affleck as the legendary Caped Crusader.

6. Bostonians know how to have a good time.

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With Samuel Adams, Harpoon, and numerous other breweries in and right outside of Boston, the city's beer game is unparalleled. There's even a bus tour you can take to the different breweries so you don't have to worry about where to pahhk your cahh.

7. But they also know how to get serious and come together for each other like no other place in the world.

Image courtesy of: Boston Strong (L to R: Nicholas Reynolds, Chris Dobens, Lane Brenner) / Via

Started out of a dorm room by two Emerson College students following the terrible tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Strong T-shirt movement has sold over 60,000 units and raised nearly one million dollars for The One Fund Boston to aid victims of the attack.

8. Even as Boston continues to grow and become a bigger, badder city, some parts (especially its charm) never change.

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9. Boston has the most educated (and hot) young people of any other city.

The 2010 U.S. Census showed that the Boston metro area and its 58 higher education institutions top the list of number of young people with college degrees. We might not be able to prove the "hot" part of that statistic, but it doesn't mean it's not true.

10. Ladies, if you've ever asked yourself where all the eligible guys are...

...they're in Boston! One of The Daily Beast's 2012 choice for best cities for singles is crawling with educated young professionals. (And they all look like the males pictured above. Fact.)

11. It's the ideal place to begin a new business venture.

Beatles Rock Band /
Beatles Rock Band /

According to Jeff Bussgang of Inc., "Boston is a microcosm of the ingredients for a successful start-up community." Over the past few years, it's been home to dozens of really successful start-ups, including Harmonix, which produces the video game Rock Band.

12. Boston has put on its very own music festival three years in a row now.

Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Via Flickr: 58820009@N05

The 2014 Boston Calling will take place at City Hall Plaza on May 23, 24, & 25, and they're pulling out all the stops this year.

13. Seriously, have you seen this year's lineup?!?!

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Jack Johnson, Tegan & Sara, and Death Cab for Cutie are just a few of the amazing acts performing at Boston Calling this year.

14. The Charles River is safe to swim in for the first time in half a century!

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15. And because Red Sox, duh.

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The Sox have won three of the past ten World Series and show no sign of slowing down.

Not that you'd ever want to leave Boston...

...but if you're looking for a quick vacation, you can now travel direct from Beantown to Dubai and beyond to over 135 worldwide destinations with Emirates!