Blue or white: What color is your city’s collar? As local work forces evolve, civic identities stick
Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

In a city still packing a wicked-hard edge, an old maxim lives on: “Boston is about sports, politics and revenge.” From the clout of its labor unions to the grit of its Red Sox, Beantown remains synonymous with working class…

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“Whatever your ethnic tribe, race or class, people here embrace the notion that Boston is a tough town. It has a certain romanticism. You hear it when the (Boston) Celtics meet the (Los Angles) Lakers (in the NBA). Boston revels in the fact that we’re not like the people in ‘La La Land,’ that our team is blue collar.”

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