Cambridge Highlands - Neighborhood 12

Residential in Cambridge Highlands

The Cambridge Highlands neighborhood, located on the northeastern edge of the city, is comprised of two distinct areas. The eastern part consists of mostly commercial and light industrial uses. A strip mall-style regional retail center is located here, alongside the Alewife Brook Parkway (State Route 2) and near the MBTA Alewife Red Line Station in North Cambridge. A wide corridor of railroad lines is the northern border of the neighborhood, which divides the adjacent office/industrial area into two parts, known as the “Triangle” (officially part of North Cambridge) and the “Quadrangle” (officially part of the Cambridge Highlands). The residential core of the neighborhood lies at its western end, bordering Belmont. The Fresh Pond Reservation borders the neighborhood to the south.

Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood Map 

Cambridge Highlands Statistical Profile


A second community meeting for the Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood Study Update was held on June 15, 2011. There was an in depth discussion of the neighborhood issues that were raised at the first public meeting, and an effort was begun to develop a list of planning recommendations for the neighborhood. The meeting resulted in the following list of draft recommendations:

Review Draft Cambridge Highlands Study Update 2011 Recommendations

The 2011 Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood Study Update is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2012.  Community Development Department staff will be working within the department and with other city departments to address the recommendations of the study. The 2011 Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood Study Update will also include information on the status and progress to date for each recommendation.

The objective of the neighborhood studies and subsequent study updates is to identify planning issues in the neighborhood and articulate recommendations to address those issues. The study recommendations are the key part of the neighborhood study and updates. The recommendations are used not only to guide neighborhood planning efforts for the Community Development Department but in many cases are included as work items for other City departments when appropriate.

2011 Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood Study Update

A second community meeting for the Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood Study Update was held on June 15, 2011. There was an in depth discussion of the neighborhood issues that were raised at the first public meeting, and an effort was begun to develop a list of planning recommendations for the neighborhood. The meeting resulted in the following list of draft recommendations:

Review Draft Cambridge Highlands Study Update 2011 Recommendations 

The recommendations are an important component of the 2011 Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood Study Update which is anticipated to be completed in early 2012. Community Development Department staff will be working within the department and with other city departments to address these recommendations. The final 2011 Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood Study Update will also include information on the status and progress to date for each recommendation.

Concord Alewife Planning Study

In 2006 the Community Development Department completed a multidisciplinary study of the Concord-Alewife area in the western part of Cambridge. Concord Alewife is made up of sub areas referred to as the Triangle, the Quadrangle, and the Fresh Pond Shopping Center and overlaps the Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood. The Study provided essentially the same functions as a neighborhood study for the neighborhood.

Concord Alewife Planning Study

To request a printed copies of any neighborhood study please call Tracey Joyce in the Community Planning Division at 617/349-4650 or email her at tjoyce@cambridgema.gov.

  • Blair Pond
  • Blair Pond Information Board
  • residential construction
  • Residential in Cambridge Highlands
  • Residential Street
  • residential street
  • shopping center
  • Wheeler Street

For more information please contact Stuart Dash, Director of Community Planning, at 617/349-4640 or email at sdash@cambridgema.gov.