Physical scale of the Patriots' Day bombing and the hunt for the Tsarnaevs
And he mentioned how Watertown was being described. I heard someone from SOME organization call Watertown a "sleepy little New England town" -- which, in five words, has two incorrect adjectives and one incorrect noun.
And the BBC called Watertown a "district of Boston." That is completely wrong factually, but manages to give a much, much more accurate impression to a British audience.
Non-Bostonians talk with astonishment about locking down the entire metropolitan area and five outlying communities for a manhunt. And, yes, we Bostonians DO recognize how extraordinary this was. But apparently people don't realize just how physically small this all is.
So -- for any of you out there who are more familiar with London than with Boston: Watertown is about as far from the center of Boston as, maybe, Brentford is from the center of London. I was originally planning on comparing it to Croydon, but, from what I can tell, Croydon is more affluent and has a richer cultural and arts scene.
(Okay, I THINK I just threw a burn on Watertown, right? That was supposed to be a witty insult. But I don't actually know enough about London to be sure. For the record, I actually really like Watertown, and the Caruso branch of my family is there.)
In general, can those of you who know Boston and also know other areas come up with decent analogies that could help other folks understand what Watertown is, and where it is in relation to the rest of the city?