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Cambridge, Ma. - Student and Hi-Tech Center
by Howard Giske

With 100,000 people in an area of only 6.5 square miles, Cambridge, Ma is a densely populated cultural and scientific center. It is best known as the home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is often cited for its plethora of shops and cafes, as a sort of Left Bank or countercultural center, but there is also a lot of serious business going on in Cambridge like hi-tech industries and bio-tech businesses.

Cambridge homes vary from the student enthusiasm of Harvard Square, to quieter neighborhoods in North Cambridge. Cambridge is just over the Charles River from Boston and is connected by several subway stops to the Greater Boston area, as well as by MTA Bus service. Of course, Cambridge is about as historic as you get in the United States. It was founded by the Pilgrims in 1630, and was a center of the American Revolution, leading up to first battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775.

Cambridge has emerged over the years as a major hub for leading biotech companies. Today, it is one of the world's most important centers for biotech research with its connections to both new and old talent coming out of the two great universities there, Harvard and MIT. Cambridge's large-scale employment has shifted to where besides Harvard and MIT, health care and biotechnology dominate the Cambridge economy, with Genzyme, Biogen, and Novartis being large companies there. Biotech's center is the Kendall Square and East Cambridge areas. A number of biotechnology companies are also located in University Park at MIT. Cambridge is definitely a multi-cultural city, with large communities of Spanish, Creole, Portuguese and other language speakers. Air travel is through nearby Boston's Logan Airport just a short drive down the depressed Central Artery and the tunnel to East Boston, which is also served by the MTA.

Central Square is the location of Cambridge city hall, and is also a center of restaurants with food all over the world. Harvard Square is famous not only for Harvard University, but for its boutiques and restaurants. It is known to be lively till late at night with its street cafes and live music venues.

Harvard Square is also known for its wide variety of bookstores. Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest university in the United States. Harvard graduates include six U.S. Presidents -- John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, and John F. Kennedy. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places are such attractions as Wadsworth House (1726) which served as temporary headquarters for General George Washington in 1775. Mayfair, one of the many lively street festivals in Harvard Square, features over 200 Harvard Square merchants and vendors of artistic crafts, jewelry, clothing, and other gifts from around the world. Ethnic food is vended from all over the world, and there is also street entertainment for children and adults. Kendall Square is the location of MIT and the heart of Massachusetts' booming high tech and biotechnology industries. Shopping is available at the Cambridge Galleria with over 100 well-known stores and fine restaurants.

About the Author

Howard Giske writes about Cambridge homes and nationwide real estate at http://millionsaver.com

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