Now we’re talking about my stomping grounds. I live work and play in Cambridge, I am a Canterbridgian. The Oakland to your San Fransisco, the Annaheim to your LA, the city of Cambridge lies across the river from Boston, and exists in a different County all together. And even though the two cities are a mere bridge away, most of the people in Boston I know, never come to Cambridge, because it’s “the other side of the river.” Their loss.
Not only is Cambridge host of two of the most respected educational institutes in America (MIT and Harvard), but it also boasts one of the most diverse populations in the area. Accessible by the Red Line and the Green Line, living here gives anyone easy access to the rest of the city, if you ever want to leave.
Shopping, dining, and entertainment can be found in any of the vibrant squares that Cambridge offers. Most can be found along Massachusetts Avenue (Kendall Sq. Central Sq. Harvard Sq. and Porter Sq), but my personal favorite is a little more off the beaten path. Inman Square lies on the border of Cambridge and Somerville, and is a can’t miss. The original home of Legal Seafoods (a Boston staple) still has some of the best restaurants and nightlife in town.
Most of the industry can be found around East Cambridge, including companies such as Biogen, Genzyme, and Novartis. In the past few years, this portion of Cambridge closest to Downtown Boston, has been seeing a revival with numerous high-end high-rises, and luxury condos comming on the market. With the proposed extension of the Green line through Somerville, the area is turning to more of a commuter hub than it was before.
Republicans and pro-lifers need not apply though. The Peoples Republic of Cambridge is normally considered to lean pretty far left, and that’s by Massachusetts standards.