Adding Cambridge to the list

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Things are different here. It is not just that there are more people here than in Lantana, and less litter than in Lusaka, that it is bigger and presents more variety than both. Expectations here seem to be higher.

Here, if, as happened once in Palm Beach County, a lot of people accidentally voted for Pat Buchanan instead of Al Gore, and as a result helped get George Bush installed in the White House, it might even be a big enough deal to invite more scrutiny than stereotypes. And here, if two of anyone’s colleagues died young, a lot more people would talk about why that was than did when that happened in Lusaka last year.

It is nice to be in a place where people expect success and survival from the populace, if only to prove that it can be done, and that maybe that is how things get done.

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