In Silicon Valley no one would care except a few real estate agents.
What matters in Silicon Valley is how much effect you have on the world. You might think that if you had enough strength of mind to do great things, you'd be able to transcend your environment.
The message Berkeley sends is: you should live better. It's probably the place in America where someone from Northern Europe would feel most at home. In retrospect it shouldn't have been surprising that a place so pleasant would attract people interested above all in quality of life.
Cambridge with good weather, it turns out, is not Cambridge.
The reason people there care about Larry and Sergey is not their wealth but the fact that they control Google, which affects practically everyone. Where you live should make at most a couple percent difference.
But if you look at the historical evidence, it seems to matter more than that. I thought people would know to drink fresh water without having their water bottle tell them to. When the motivational quote trend first took off, I thought it was stupid.Seeing these four words together, for whatever reason, makes me believe that everything is going to be okay. Things will happen when they happen and in the meantime there is so much else to be enjoyed. Recently I stumbled upon the commencement speech Ellen Degeneres made at Tulane University in New Orleans. She states that when she was younger she had no ambition and no idea where she was heading. Hearing her outline her own struggles was extremely reassuring to me and made me believe that I would “find myself” one day.It genuinely comforts me and makes me see that although student life is over, new grad life can be simpler than we always make it out to be. Again, the power of someone else’s words – and some motivational student quotes – stepped into play.The people you find in Cambridge are not there by accident. It's expensive and somewhat grubby, and the weather's often bad.So the kind of people you find in Cambridge are the kind of people who want to live where the smartest people are, even if that means living in an expensive, grubby place with bad weather.Maybe one day the most important community you belong to will be a virtual one, and it won't matter where you live physically. The physical world is very high bandwidth, and some of the ways cities send you messages are quite subtle.One of the exhilarating things about coming back to Cambridge every spring is walking through the streets at dusk, when you can see into the houses.However, sometimes a good motivational quote for any student can make all the difference. I’ve sang, danced, travelled and flossed my way into happiness on numerous occasions. The surprising thing is how different these messages can be. What I like about Boston (or rather Cambridge) is that the message there is: you should be smarter.