Lovingly known as Slumerville, the area used to be known as the home to Whitey Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang. But Somerville has come a long way since those days. About 20 years ago, the Red line was extended from Harvard Square to Davis Square. From there, Davis Square went from a Tufts student area to becoming one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 hippest places to live. Now with the proposed extension of the Green Line through Somerville, we are starting to see a gentrification of the rest of the town as well.
I would consider Somerville to be more residential than Cambridge, however a majority of the housing tends to be in multi-family homes. And even though it has more of a residential feel, that didn’t stop it from being the most densely populated municipalities in New England in 2000.
Besides Davis Square, Somerville also shares Inman Square and Porter Square with Cambridge, and holds it’s claim to fame with Union Square being the site of where one of the earliest American flags was raised.