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ONEin3’s Got a Brand New Blog!

This one has posted its last post.

To see what all the fuss is about, take a look over at www.ONEin3Boston.com.

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Get Your Degree on at Midnight!

Boston’s known for both its education and its innovation. Well, Bunker Hill Community College, where Robin Williams used to teach psych in the movies, is back and marrying innovation and education with:

Midnight Courses!

This is an affordable and flexible option for those of you young people building your skills for the long haul.

Course start up again on September 7th, so get registered!

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Neighborhoods Shmeighborhoods

The various neighborhoods of Boston range in environment, affordability, and social scene as much as the winding career paths of the former members of the 90’s power-boy-band N’SYNC. Each one offers something different and unique, however the same characteristics that appeal to one person may be the deterrent for another. For students, neighborhoods range from the affordable and spacious student filled duplexes of Allston/Brighton to the more swank, pricey, and ultimately smaller apartments of downtown Boston. A neighborhood reflects upon you as much as the car you drive in LA. It represents and embodies your own priorities, values, and personality. It is an extension of ones-self that has been materialized in the coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and green spaces that surround you.

How do you choose what neighborhood best fits you? What I look for in a great apartment is proximity to a T stop and school, a safe and friendly neighborhood, and most importantly price. As I touched upon in my first blog entry at ONEin3, I have lived numerous apartments in Boston over the past seven years and am currently on my fifth.

My first apartment was 160 Newbury Street. There were five people, three boys and two girls ranging in age from 20-22. It was a perfect fit for a Sophomore in college. We did whatever we wanted whenever we wanted. People stopped by constantly and there was always something to do. We were a 30 second walk from the Copley stop and a ten minute walk from school, and most importantly the price was right. What I quickly learned was that Newbury Street is not just a street and my front yard, it is Boston’s very own catwalk. It is a venue of its own where Boston’s most “fashionable” come to see and be seen. Now people watching is one of my favorite sports, however watching people so into themselves can only be entertaining for so long. Newbury Street is a great place to live, however one year at 160 and another at the corner of Hereford and Newbury was enough for me.

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Housing For Students is a Hot Mess

No matter what neighborhood in Boston you reside in a betting man would say you are locked into at least a year long lease. The average student is going to remain in Boston for roughly nine months and leave one of those months for winter break, thus only living in their own apartment for two thirds of the lease. Every year you see units available on CraigsList, Facebook, blogs, and school boards from students who are not living in their apartments for the summer. This mass subletting every summer conducted by students, some 18 years old, is one highlighted by disorganization, stress and a low success rate.

Why does Boston not consider flexible housing options or other alternatives to the conventional one year lease? With mounting pressure on higher educational institutions to provide housing for their students rather than have them look for apartments, it seems interesting that these institutions have not considered alternatives other than build more dormitories. Better yet, why has a private investor/developer/entrepreneur not capitalized on this problem that effects all parties from students, to schools, to neighborhoods and their residents, to the city as a whole?

Privatized communal housing with security and the whole nine is one alternative. Similar to dormitories, however offered to students at an affordable rate. Rethinking the traditional lease is another option, where landlords specifically target students with leases that last from September to May of every year nullifying any subletting issues that may arise. The landlord would then be able to rent the remaining three months for an inflated rate. Boston can also look at international best practices and find what has worked best and what would fit our market and tweak it to best work for our particular housing environment.

What would you like to see happen surrounding the living situations provided for Boston students? What do you think would be most effective, cost-efficient, and enjoyable? Is the current system and model of housing for young people sufficient? In an ideal world what would you like to see, whether it be high-rises, mini communities of students, or all student housing pushed to greater Boston?

–David

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Recapping USA’s Glorious 1-0 Victory- In Phoenix Landing

The ONEin3 team ventured outside city limits (THE HORROR) to Phoenix Landing to take in the soccer loving scene for USA v. Algeria this week.

I’ve been to bars for lots of sporting events and I’ve seen lots of soccer games on television, but I’ve never been to a bar for a big soccer game. I’ll be doing it again. The American Outlaws brought all kinds of people out to support the good ole US of A and there was chanting, cheering and Guinness drinking starting at 830am. Aside from interviewing people who were just as nervous as I was, I stressed out with the support of my fellow fans for 2 straight hours of no-goal yet electric soccer. The US came so so close to scoring, most notably when Dempsey hit the post and when Dempsey ACTUALLY SCORED and had the goal called back. I guess that’s karmic payback for Mr. Robert Green’s miscue in game 1 v. England. Anyway, all that stressing and hoping and disappointment was paid back in spades when the place erupted for Donovan’s game winner. It was truly crazy. I’ve seen YouTube clips from all over the country, including Lincoln, Nebraska, the home of the American Outlaws. I can tell you that Phoenix Landing was as crazy, if not crazier than ANY of those places. It was nuts.

NIJU Relives the experience

I couldn’t sleep the previous night. I hate that the world cup does this to me- every four years. I am anxious, nervous and if it is not football related I do not DO NOT want to hear it. I reached Phoenix landing a little late and was disappointed that Devin did not bring my Vuvuzela. The previous night my dad had warned me not to jinx the English team by watching them play. It was hard to see anything since I was one of the smallest person there. We had a couple of British people on the side and it was amazing to see as people of different nationalities braced to see their nations play. There I was with my confused identity hoping that both England and USA made it through.  At half time Devin was pretty much like this

I should stress here that I had more faith in the Americans so I wasn’t as stressed as Devin was during half time. I switched to the england side of the pub simply because I couldn’t imagine this team loosing.I mean how could they? i have seen them long enough to know if there is one thing this team knows its is HUSTLE, HUSTLE and HUSTLE. In the 90th second I saw what had happened and went into the background so that nobody saw me cry. There it was one minute after the moment that both the Americans and British rejoiced with their hands in the air and dancing in the streets.

THe video from Phoenix Landing Boston of the 91st minute

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Boston. Nightlife.

Now that I have your attention… ONEin3’s original Devin Cole and I have been discussing the lack of super great bars to venture to in Boston. We both have spent many weekdays and ends trying to figuring out where to go throw back a few with friends and acquaintances. Whether it be to celebrate a new internship, to day-drink, some Sunday Funday, to watch the game, perhaps show friends from out of town a good time, or just to kickback, the selection of bars/clubs/lounges are limited in variety  and originality to say the least.

What we ultimately and quickly discovered through our haphazard conversation was that the majority of b/c/l in Boston are unoriginal carbon copies of one another a.k.a. “Not Awesome.” No matter where you choose to go in the end it will be an off-breed of an Irish sports bar or something close. Faneuil Hall exhibits quantity over quality, and might as well be one giant Irish bar. Boylston is a strip of semi-sports bars where one can find TV’s on every wall however with no real differentiation or uniqueness. Allston can have its moments when money is sparse and you need a cheap drink, however the cab ride is enough of a deterrent to nip any trip out there in the butt before it’s seriously considered. The Fens/Kenmore can be a crazy night if you want it to be, however with the combination of Red Sox’s attendees who got the party started hours before you and the blur of redundant sports/Irish bars again produces no real distinction between one venue and the next.

Don’t get me wrong, we both have spent many epic and memorable nights in every one of these areas and more (Central, Harvard, Porter, South End, North End, Beacon Hill, South Boston Waterfront). We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and jobs in these neighborhoods. We have watched the Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox all win Championships in these bars. The Boston nightlife is as much a part of our academic career as any textbook, dorm room or professor ever was.

However, the lack of originality and unique style in the Boston nightlife scene is an issue for young adults and students that an older generation may never fully comprehend. A diverse, unique, and flourishing nightlife lends to the quality of life more for our demographic than any other. Boston needs b/c/l’s that bring a fresh new taste, flavor, and style that will turn people on their heads. Boston needs a nightlife as eclectic and risk taking as the students that live here. As Sam Cooke once said, “Its been long, a long time coming, but I know a change gonna come.”

If you feel the same way or completely disagree please comment! Share your opinion on what types of b/c/l’s you would like to see or changes that you want made. Share the wealth and tell us your favorite spot to have an adult beverage, and maybe we may just see you there one day/night/morning!

–David

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