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Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Across the Charles River from Boston, Massachusetts is its eclectic, intellectual neighbor, Cambridge. The city of just over 100,000 residents was founded in 1630 and named in honor of England’s University of Cambridge. Today the area is still most often associated with education. Harvard University, a private Ivy League university and the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, was founded in Cambridge in 1936. MIT, another internationally prominent university, moved to Cambridge in 1912, solidifying the city as an intellectual center.

As a major hub for education, Cambridge is often said to embody a youthful culture, a counter culture and multiculturalism. The universities draw countless cafes, bookstores and boutiques to the city, which in addition to an educational center is a residential and commercial hot spot.

The whole of Cambridge is divided into five squares: Central Square, Harvard Square, Inman Square, Porter Square and Kendall Square. Each has its own flair and identity. Central Square is home to the city’s government and international restaurants and festivals. Many of Cambridge’s historic buildings are centralized in Inman Square, which is noted for the many immigrant populations who have settled in it. Kendall Square is a center for global high tech and biotechnology innovation, in large part due to MIT, located within the square. Harvard Square, home to Harvard University, is the city’s center for eclectic boutiques, music and nightlife. Porter Square offers similar one-of-a-kind antique shops, boutiques and cafes as well as the regions highest concentration of Japanese restaurants.

Written by  Christine Fisher.

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