Comparing Towns:Ms. Agard’s home town is Amherst, Massachusetts.
It’s in New England, about two hours west of Boston.
1. There is much less traffic inAmherst than there is in Oakland.
2. There are fewer people in Amherst than there are in Oakland: Population of Oakland: 390,724Population of Amherst: 37,819
3. Amherst doesn’t have as many parks as Oakland. This is the only one: Old New England towns like Amherst all have a “town common.” Hundreds of years ago, everybody in town kept their cows and chickens on the common. Now The common is like a public park.
However, there is a lot of beautifulcountry to visit all around the town.
4. There is less public transportation in Amherst than in Oakland. In fact, during school vacations the busesstop running completely, and there is no public transportation at all!
5. Even though Amherstis so much smaller than Oakland, Amherst has more museums.
This is the museum of the Amherst Historical Society.
This is a science museum at Amherst College. It has dinosaur bones.
Emily Dickinson, a famous poet, lived inAmherst. Now, her home is a museum.
The National Yiddish Book Center is a library andmuseum that preserves the literature and culture of Jewish immigrants from Europe.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a lot offun for children. They can look at the original art from their favorite children’s books.
However, the Oakland Museum of California is morefamous than any of the museums in Amherst (and it’s just across the street from Laney College)!
6. Amherst has bigger and more famous colleges than Oakland. There are two of them, theUniversity of Massachusetts and Amherst College.
The University of Massachusetts is a big university with about 30,000 students. (Ms. Agard graduated from this university, and her father worked there as a librarian.)
The tall buildings that you see in this picture are all university buildings.
Amherst College is an old, expensive private school with about 2,000 students.
7. Amherst has fewer houses than Oakland. 8. Amherst has fewer buildings than Oakland. 9. Amherst has fewer stores and less shopping.
Amherst also has fewer jobs forESL teachers than there are in the Bay Area, so that’s why Ms. Agard lives here!