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What’s the best part of a Boston winter?

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Boston winters—can’t be all bad, right? Right?

For our latest open thread, we thought we’d turn it over to Curbed Boston readers and ask in total sincerity: What are the best parts of winter in the Boston area?

Perhaps it’s the sheer aesthetic beauty of it sometimes. Or the heartiness it breeds in its residents. Or the demand it makes on those same residents to stay indoors and take in the beauty within rather than without.

Heck, maybe the best part of the cold and the snow (and the ice and the space-savers and the delays) might be the ability to escape it now and then. You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone and all that...

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