Today’s post is about Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Cambridge is across the Charles River from Boston. I’ve seen it called ‘Boston’s “Left Bank.” The population is around 100,000. According to Wikipedia, it was named in honor of the University of Cambridge in England. Cambridge is home to both Harvard and MIT. Our apartment is right between these 2 universities. There are students everywhere, especially at restaurants.
The book I have been reading (The Unofficial Guide to Life in Boston 09-10 For Students) called Cambridge a bohemian city consisting of lots of squares. Examples are Kendall (where Benjamin’s office is), Central (7 minute walk Southeast), Harvard (10 minute walk Northwest), Porter (2 T-stops away), and Inman (haven’t been there YET but maybe 7 minutes away)
Cambridge is densely populated. I just looked at the stats and read that it is the FIFTH most densely populated city in the US. Wow, that is shocking! Going on, there isn’t a lot of big parks here. However there are open spaces near Harvard (Harvard Yard), MIT Great Lawn, and the Mount Auburn Cemetery. Again from Wikipedia:
At the western edge of Cambridge, the cemetery is well known as the first garden cemetery, for its distinguished inhabitants, for its superb landscaping (the oldest planned landscape in the country), and as a first-rate arboretum.
When it warms up and turns green outside, we’ll make trips to all 3 places.
Okay, some other somewhat random facts:
- Cambridge is also the birthplace of Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), who is the world’s longest reigning monarch at age 82 (2010). Okay, this was strange to read, but when we were in Thailand, I remember seeing in a tour book that the King was born in the US. I just read why- his father was studying at Harvard, so I guess it makes sense.
- Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of 2008: 58% Democratic and 5% Republican. Whoa, other things make a lot more sense now.
- At least 129 of the world’s total 780 Nobel Prize winners have been, at some point in their careers, affiliated with universities in Cambridge.
Cambridge is cooler than I thought!