Boston vs. St. Petersburg

Comparison chart

Comparing Boston to St. Petersburg, I found quite a few categories in which they are similar, because of their history and geography. To be sure, there are of course also significant differences. This chart was created a number of years ago, when what was presumably the recovering successor of the Evil Empire, had not yet become Evil Empire II, if anything, even more evil than EE I. When considering the greatest villains associated with these two cities, the Boston Strangler pales into microscopic insignificance compared to the reincarnation of Hitler hailing from what was then Leningrad (for an added insult, he grew up at the same time and in the same neighborhood, as I, though while I trained in the neighborhood park with my school’s track and field team, he would come there for street fights with other hoodlums, something he continued throughout his subsequent career). The categories in my chart are generally more benign than that.

 

Category

Boston

St. Petersburg

 

Verdi Opera

Un Ballo in Maschera (set in Boston)

La Forza del Destino (composed in SPb)

 

Bay

Massachusetts Bay

Gulf of Finland

 

Wide river

The Charles

The  Neva

 

Cradle of revolution

Lexington and Concord (Cradle of the American Revolution)

Razliv/Obuhovskaya Oborona (Cradle of the October Revolution)

 

Massacre

Boston Massacre

Bloody Sunday

 

Big revolutionary battle

Bunker Hill

Winter Palace

 

Founders

Pilgrims from Holland

Peter the Great from Holland

 

Famous hall/orchestra

Boston Symphony

SPb Philharmonic

 

Shared conductor

Serge Koussevitzky

Serge Koussevitzky

 

Location

NE corner of the country (on the Atlantic)

NW corner of the country (on the Atlantic)

 

Europe relation

Most European city

Window to Europe

 

Brains

Intelligentsia center

Intelligentsia center

 

Sea

Maritime center – birthplace of the navy

Maritime center – birthplace of the navy

 

Seaside resort strip

Cape Cod

Karelian Isthmus

 

Stone

Maine granite

Finnish granite

 

Terrain

Swamp in the river delta; pilings

Swamp in the river delta; pilings

 

Named after a saint

St. Botolph

St. Peter

 

Metropolitan population

4.9 million 

5.3 million

 

Hellenic nickname

Athens of America

Palmyra of the North

 

Seat of nobility

Boston Brahmins

Imperial Court

 

Revolutionary ship

Tea Party Ship

Cruiser Aurora (shot at the Winter Palace)

 

Bigger rival

New York

Moscow

 

Boulevard

Commonwealth (modeled after SPb – see Boston Globe)

Konnogvardeysky

 

Monument to famous avians

Ducklings

Chizhik-pyzhik (siskin)