Perhaps you know the City of Newton, Mass., for its school system. Even as a child growing up in Pennsylvania, I envied the kids who lived in Newton, whose high school was among the top in the country. There's been plenty o' controversy over Newton's schools in the past few decades but the city remains one of the great locales in the U.S. I could go on - and have - but, suffice to say, with 13 villages (including ours of West Newton), countless trees, several parks, many playgrounds, cheap eats and expensive ones, bakeries, movie theatres (two technically), youth and adult sports leagues, commuter rail and T into Boston, and, as per my obsession, summer farmers' markets--not to mention a therapist in every other house, should you be in need--it's a great place to live.
Now we have a new (young) mayor, Setti Warren, among whose first acts is sprucing up the city's website. I hope the webmasters do live up to the promise on the refurbished homepage to "making this website one of the best municipal sites in the country."