As someone who isn't from the Northeast, my entire life I've just been tired of hearing about how great the northeast and New England are in particular. Those people act like they invented patriotism.
In reality, when push came to shove, the punted and said, "Please don't make us host the Olympics."
Contrast that to LA, they people are clamoring for it.
The myth of how great the NE is propagated from people who are either too lazy to have moved away from there or had so much family money they didn't want to.
They way they milk everything to their benefit is amazing. The Boston marathon bombing was awful - it killed 6 and wounded 280 - but the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people and wounded 680 more. Guess which one a feature film is being made about?
Boston. The Oklahoma City people just sucked it up and went about their lives, instead of bragging about how patriotic their response was.