In the age of Starbucks, cities often share more than they might have in the past. But in moving from DC to Boston, I’ve noticed quite a few differences, which I’ll explore over the next few weeks. This week: District vs State!There is an underlying sense of pride and connection in Boston that doesn’t exist in DC. I really think this stems from DC being a district and Boston being a city in a state. No matter where you live around Boston, we’re all ultimately Massholes. Whether you live in Boston proper, or in one of the immediately adjacent cities, there is a sense of being from Boston. Gasp! We’re all covered by the same state laws! I live right outside Boston, and it feels a lot different than living right outside DC. (Full disclosure: I lived in DC, but I worked the equivalent of a town over.) If you live right outside DC, you have to live in a different state. Now this didn’t pose much of a physical barrier. It was really simple to get from DC to Maryland or Virginia and vice versa. But I think there’s a psychological barrier that creates a lack of pride. It’s hard to think of DC as “your city” when you live in another state. I loved DC, but I think it’s at a serious disadvantage in that it doesn’t belong to a state. What do you think?