East Cambridge and Kendall Square, outside Boston

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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For urban contrasts, this is the walk. The small industrial-courthouse town that once was East Cambridge is now ringed with new and reused buildings that house high-tech and other office-based firms. The high-rise buildings around Kendall Square announce the arrival of a center of activities and businesses closely connected with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A huge nearby enclosed mall looms over the local business area. New pedestrian routes were built to link residential, employment, and recreation areas to the Charles River. In short, the neighborhood came to embody the modern urban vision. Today this distinctive and modest community is located within a convenient pedestrian radius of neighboring areas where construction activity is booming—Kendall Square, with its new offices, and North Point, where high-rise residences face the Charles River. Within this walk’s few brief miles you’ll visit the best of Cambridge, past and present.
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Walk Boston

by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

For urban contrasts, this is the walk. The small industrial-courthouse town that once was East Cambridge is now ringed with new and reused buildings that house high-tech and other office-based firms. The high-rise buildings around Kendall Square announce the arrival of a center of activities and businesses closely connected with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A huge nearby enclosed mall looms over the local business area.

New pedestrian routes were built to link residential, employment, and recreation areas to the Charles River. In short, the neighborhood came to embody the modern urban vision. Today this distinctive and modest community is located within a convenient pedestrian radius of neighboring areas where construction activity is booming—Kendall Square, with its new offices, and North Point, where high-rise residences face the Charles River. Within this walk’s few brief miles you’ll visit the best of Cambridge, past and present.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Cambridge
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to East Cambridge and Kendall Square, outside Boston

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