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About Fresh Pond/Alewife

There are a various commercial areas in or adjacent to the residential neighborhoods of West and North Cambridge—these areas are also referred to as being in Fresh Pond/Alewife. Fresh Pond Reservation, the location of the City’s water treatment facility, features a heavily used perimeter path around the pond, and is much loved by birdwatchers and dog walkers alike. Alewife Brook gives its name to Alewife Brook Parkway, Alewife Reservation, and Alewife Station, the terminus of the Red Line subway with its bus line connections.

There are shopping centers on both sides of Alewife Brook Parkway, running from Fresh Pond on the south to Alewife Station on the north—on the east is a center anchored by Whole Foods and Staples, and on the west are a series of smaller centers that include stores for Trader Joe’s and Circle Furniture, among others. Also in the area are a hotel, other free-standing retail and office uses, and several gas stations.

Fresh Pond/Alewife Resources Fresh Pond Commericial District Locus Map

Fresh Pond-Alewife Customer Intercept Survey Report (2015)

Fresh Pond - Alewife Market Profile (2015)

Area Map of Fresh Pond - Alewife Commercial District 

Fresh Pond/Alewife Projects & Documents

Alewife Transportation Update to City Council Sub-Committee on Transportation and Utilities (2014)

Concord-Alewife Planning Study (2006)

Infrastructure Updates Fresh Pond/Alewife Development District Locus Map

Belmont, Cambridge and Somerville Path Projects (active)

Fresh Pond Northeast Sector Project (completed)

Fresh Pond Parkway Project (completed)

For More Information:

For more economic development information and activity on Fresh Pond/Alewife, please contact Chris Basler,,  617/349-4601.

For more information on community planning activity in Fresh Pond/Alewife area, please contact Iram Farooq,, at 617/349-4606.