East Cambridge - Neighborhood 1
East Cambridge, a neighborhood of about seven thousand residents, is bounded by Somerville to the north, the Charles River to the east, the Boston & Albany Railroad tracks to the west, and Kendall Square to the south. East Cambridge became a working class neighborhood with a sizable immigrant population in the mid-nineteenth century, with the beginning of the industrial revolution. For a many decades this neighborhood included a number of major manufacturing and industrial businesses. Since the early 1980’s major changes in land use have transformed large manufacturing and industrial areas into commercial and retail developments with a vibrant business and commercial center.
The central part of the neighborhood, one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Cambridge, has a major commercial and transit center at Lechmere Square, with a longstanding neighborhood retail strip to the west along Cambridge Street. Middlesex County District Court facilities are also located near Lechmere Square. The southern part of East Cambridge, a former industrial area adjacent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it now serves as home to many offices and research labs, as well as several large apartment buildings. Kendall Square is the major commercial and transit center in the southern section. The Charles River waterfront contains hotels, luxury apartment buildings, high-tech businesses, a regional shopping mall, and the Boston Museum of Science. The upper part of East Cambridge, lying to the north of the Monsignor O’Brien Highway and bordering Charlestown and Somerville, is an underdeveloped area known as “North Point”, which is permitted for redevelopment over the coming decades.
East Cambridge Neighborhood Map