Sorry for no posts for the last couple of days. I've been househunting in Massachusetts and/or New Hampshire. A few observations:
- Massachusetts really needs to put up more road signs. It's the only place in the world where I've been on a road with two route numbers (2A and 13 in Fitchburg, to be exact) where I've come to a fork in the road with a sign for one of the roads but nothing for the other (which, of course, was the one I was trying to follow). New Hampshire has much better signage.
- New England roads are just weird. This business of roads changing names at town borders I can deal with, but it seems like in New Hampshire they frequently just change at random points because somebody thought it was a good idea. Also, if you've always lived in New England, here's some news: people in the rest of the country think the idea that you can come to an intersection and turn left or right to stay on the same road or go straight to get on a different road is just weird.
- In most of the country, a road having a state route designation usually means that it's a bit larger, better maintained, and more of a "through" route than roads that don't. Not in New England. Lots of the numbered routes date from the days when (for example) a trip from Concord to Burlington was a big trip in itself, not a part of a smaller trip. This explains why you may have to make 5-6 turns on a numbered state highway as you go through a town. If you're lucky, most of them will have signs.
- Real estate prices near Boston are insane. Not if you live near NYC or in the Bay Area, I guess, but if you live somewhere like upstate New York, they're nuts.
- I don't understand why real estate prices seem to drop by about 20% as you cross the state line from Massachusetts into New Hampshire. Yeah, NH doesn't have as many state services, but 20%?