Lithe and lively, Cambridge offers the best of Boston. Cambridge’s mottos reflect the city’s charm, fun and exciting bent, calling itself both “a city where counter-culture still lives, classic culture thrives, and multicultural is a way of life.” And “Boston’s Left Bank: A little funkier, a little spunkier and definitely spicier than Boston.” Cambridge has been an area or progressive thinking and industry, since it was first settled 1630 by 700 Puritan colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony under Governor John Winthrop.
Old World Charm, New Attitude
Beautiful historic buildings line the brick streets where so many have traveled before. When you live in Cambridge, it is impossible to not feel a part of something bigger. You become connected to the dreams of those who came before you. Harvard Square is at the heart of the community and spans four centuries in history.
From its earliest days, living in Cambridge has been filled with promise for people of many nationalities. The blend of agriculture and the emergent industrial development brought many Irish immigrants in the 1800s followed by peoples from many other nations. The Cambridge of today is diverse with culture and drawn to the rich heritage of a higher education.
Home to both the 365 year old Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge’s history and culture is bound to higher education. The schools are not only part of the culture of the area, they are also major employers.
Not only does living in the world renowned historical Cambridge offer old world charm, it also offers world -class arts, shopping and entertainment. Theaters offer everything from the fun Rocky Horror Picture Show, to foreign and art-house films. Living in Cambridge also offers the opportunity to live in the shadow of some of the most interesting historic sites around, such as the Longfellow National Historic Site which was Washington’s headquarters during the siege of Boston in 1775; it was also Longfellow’s home for 50 years. Many museums can be found in the area with outstanding collections of art representing the area’s cultural diversity. It is also home to the Peabody Museum Archaeology and Ethnology, which is the oldest museum in the world with a purely anthropological focus.
Cambridge residents never need to tire of the same old thing with such a wide array of offerings in the community. From a trendy club scene to intimate bars, high end boutiques or quaint store fronts, fine dining or outdoor cafe, Cambridge has it all. If you are the quiet type, and just want to enjoy a quiet night at home taking in a good book, Cambridge is also home to the largest concentration of bookstores in the nation. Residents say you can take every tour available and spend s lifetime investigating all that there is to offer and still you would need a lifetime more to scratch the surface of all that makes the city worthwhile.
In a place where almost everything is historically or architecturally significant, you just can’t help be inspired to greatness.