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29 Reasons To Love Boston

Wicked awesome.

1. The Citgo sign just as the sun sets and it starts to light up.

2. Fall that looks like this:

3. We love boats powered by a guy pedaling inside a giant swan. And this somehow makes sense to us.

4. Boston respects ice cream. Not that Pinkberry stuff — real ice cream parlors you go to on Friday night.

5. There's even a giant milk bottle that's an ice cream stand.

6. These guys are from Boston:

7. And these guys:

8. And also this band:

9. And also these guys:

10. Free summer concerts from the Boston Pops at the Hatch Shell.

11. When Chik-fil-A's owner came out against gay marriage, Mayor Menino wrote this letter:

12. The red brick Freedom Trail that runs through Boston.

13. Someone lovingly puts winter scarves on the bronze duck statues from Make Way For Ducklings.

14. The North End has better pizza than *gasp* New York.

15. We know how to fix signs so they have the correct pronunciation.

16. Obviously, Dunkin' Donuts is testing out a doughnut-bacon-egg sandwich in Boston before the rest of the country.

17. Boston has the oldest restaurant in the country, the Union Oyster House (and it's really good).

18. The fact that everyone calls this the Salt-and-Pepper Bridge because, duh, that's what it looks like.

19. The old Boston is just hiding right underneath you.

20. The Paul Revere statue in front of the Old North Church.

21. The way the gold dome on the State House lights up at sunset.

22. And the fact that the Old State House is still there, tucked away between skyscrapers.

23. This guy smoking a cigar indoors.

24. And thank god, Tom Brady no longer has a ponytail (that was a dark time).

So now we can love him again.

25. Community Boating on the Charles River

26. The deadly nature of the scorpion bowls at the Hong Kong in Harvard Square.

27. The ICA is one of the best places to see contemporary art.

...and it has this view from inside.

28. Boston's city streets don't need no stinkin' grid.

How do you like them apples?

29. Because if you keep believing, against all odds, Boston will come through for you.

Correction: A previous version of this post misidentified House of Pain as being from Boston.