And you wonder why I have bottomless contempt for progressives and liberals. Curious you mention woke retards but won't shit on Oregon, home to two of America's wokest cities: Portland and Eugene. They make Boston look tame in comparison. That said, all of Eastern MA is quite woke. Even the old boomer ladies are keen to adopt wokeism. Newburyport is our small town version of San Francisco. Western MA is a different story. Same with Western RI.
I've only met a handful of troons here despite this region being extremely troon-friendly. They typically congregate in gay villages and hipster-oriented restaurants, shops or venues. Even though they were cordial and stable with me, it's extremely unnerving to interact with someone who couldn't pass to save their lives.
CT has none of New England's positive qualities. Indeed, I can't think of any positive qualities from any state CT could possibly possess. There is nothing mystical about it despite having a town named Mystic. CT is the dullest place in this entire region. It's the Delaware of New England. It serves no purpose than as NYC's bedroom community plus the shady shit you mentioned. At least it's home to Fates Warning, so maybe I'm being too hard.
Providence is, indeed, a shithole full of petty crime and drug addiction, but RI has tons of gorgeous vistas, not the least of which includes my hometown. We also have tons of culture for such a small state, not the least of which includes H.P. Lovecraft and Vital Remains. I just wish everyone wasn't high all the time. Fucking potheads.
The smackhead problem is much greater in rural MA. As you would know, I have personal experience with this.
I can't see myself living in any other region than New England. I rail against the smackheads, woketards and diehard-Blue-no-matter-who partisans, but fuck anyone who would force me to live anywhere else.