Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The license plate game -- MA only

A bunch of friends have told me that they really enjoyed the post below in which I evoke the old license plate game that we would play as our parents drove us on long trips. The object was to identify as many states as possible. (OK, I admit that I have weird and/or nostalgic friends.)

Here's the local variant, for those of you who live in this state. This the Massachusetts city-and-town license plate game. We are going to see how many cities and towns in the Commonwealth are represented by those of you viewing this blog. This could take some time, as there are 351 municipalities.

I'll start off the list with names I have recently seen. I will add those I see on StatCounter during the coming days. You can add to the list by submitting a comment with the city or town from which you are visiting. Here goes:

Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Ashland, Barnstable, Belchertown, Bellingham, Belmont, Beverly, Billerica, Blandford, Boston, Boxford, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Chatham, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Concord, Dracut, Dudley, Eastham, Edgartown, Everett, Fall River, Falmouth, Framingham, Franklin, Harvard, Holyoke, Hopkinton, Hudson, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lexington, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Mansfield, Marblehead, Marshfield, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Methuen, Middleboro, Milford, Millis, Milton, Natick, Needham, New Bedford, Newburyport, Newton, Norfolk, North Andover, North Adams, Northbridge, North Dartmouth, North Reading, Norton, Norwell, Norwood, Peabody, Plymouth, Provincetown, Quincy, Randolph, Reading, Revere, Rockland, Salem, Sandwich, Saugus, Sharon, Sherborn, Somerville, South Hadley, Springfield, Stoughton, Southwick, Swampscott, Taunton, Topsfield, Truro, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Webster, Wellfleet, Wellesley, Westminster, Weston, Westfield, West Springfield, Weymouth, Whately, Williamstown, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn, Worcester, Wrentham. (107)

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Paul,

You can add Edgartown and Whately, since I live in both and read your blog from either.
KEP

Paul Levy said...

Done, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget all the folks from Brandeis in Waltham (I'm sure some folks in the Heller School must be readers. It can't just be this lowly undergrad/soon-to-be med student ;) )

Paul Levy said...

I'd never forget you -- and Professor Altman, too!

Anonymous said...

Another blog started me reading this just yesterday. Weight it as you may based on that, but Ipswich can be added to the list. (You only need to see the license plate for a split second for it to count, right...?)

Paul Levy said...

Absolutely right!

Anonymous said...

We're even further west than Northampton if you can believe it! Will you count North Adams as a Massachusetts city too? :)

Paul Levy said...

You betcha!

Bwana said...

How about Nairobi? It's somewhere near Charlestown (within about 8000nm).

Anonymous said...

Bridgewater

Anonymous said...

I live in Quincy and read regularly - thanks for having the courage to start this formum

Anonymous said...

please include Somerville (aka Slummer-ville) too! Those of us working in low-paid health care jobs have to live somewhere!

Paul Levy said...

Thanks, all in.

Anonymous said...

I live in Norwood, MA and read your blog from there.

Paul Levy said...

Got it, thanks.

Anonymous said...

A reader from Wrentham.

airwick said...

Milford, MA ... reading for about a week ... and loving your open, honest, candid approach to the blog.

Anonymous said...

Hello from a reader in Belchertown - thanks for a very informative blog!

Mary

Paul Levy said...

Thanks airwick and Mary! Two of my favorite towns . . .

And, then there is the shopping in Wrentham!

Anonymous said...

Middleboro! :)

Paul Levy said...

Thanks, you're on!

Sarah B. said...

Paul - you can knock off Needham. Love reading your blog.
Sarah

Paul Levy said...

Hi Sarah b,

No, you have it backwards. I am adding to the list, not taking them off.

Brian Bartlett said...

I'm from Maynard. I believe it's the smallest town in Mass. Keep up the good work on the blog!

Paul Levy said...

Thanks! (Never knew which was the smallest...)

Phil said...

Watertown. Just came across your blog.

Go here for smallest town in MA by population & land area http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisctlist/ctlistidx.htm

Sorry Maynard is neither.

Wagon said...

Hello from Webster Lake, great Blog.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

hello - I see you have the town of Northbridge listed, but it is made up of Whitinsville, Linwood, Rochdale (rockdale), and Riverdale... I am not sure if they are listed separately or not. I am from Rochdale.

Paul Levy said...

Sorry, I don't list the villages within a town, just the 351 official municipalities.

Patti said...

Don't forget Harvard, MA!