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Review Barnstable Town
I've lived in the little city of Hyannis my entire life. The Cape Cod atmosphere is always in the air with small shops, tourist attractions and the JFK museum. Currently there is an endemic of drugs and homelessness causing problems on Cape with local town government slowly finding ways to address the problem. Unfortunately things had been slowly worsening since the recession but now there is now an upwards trend to stabilizing the area. Overall it's been a good place to live with safe neighborhoods and little crime. There is a lot to do during the summer which masks the fact that nothing really happens during the winter.
It really depends on who you are. Cape Cod is a great place for two kinds of people: tourists and retirees. It's basically a retirement community. For younger people, there is nothing to do, especially in the winter. Sure, in the summer there are beaches and cute tourist shops to visit, but this gets old very quickly. In the winter, the only place you can really go in the area is the mall. That's why the mall is always so busy -- there's nothing else to do. To have fun, you would have to travel an hour to get to Boston. My village, Cotuit, is even more of a retirement community. Generally, older people live here, and you're hard pressed to find children. It's quiet and peaceful, which is great for some people, but not for people who want to live near the action. Also, half of my street is vacant in the winter because there are so many summer homes in the area. And speaking of summer-- when the tourists arrive? The traffic? Forget it.
Despite the large drug problem and homelessness in the area there isn't a whole lot of crime that occurs outside of that realm. Home invasions rarely happen here. In most neighborhoods, if you leave your house or car door accidentally unlocked there is little worry that anything will be missing. You can walk down the streets late at night and not worry that someone is going to attack or mug you. The safety of this area is great, I have never felt fearful in this town.