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Central Square & Beyond: Layers of History and Cultures (Part II)

  • Holmes Plaza Cambridge, Massachusetts (map)

To continue where we left off last year, please join us for a free walking tour to explore, observe, and share stories about Central Square, Cambridge’s traditional commercial center, and the historic neighborhood just to the north, once called “The Port” and now part of Area 4. The city’s political center in the early 19th century, The Port evolved into a neighborhood of immigrants from many nations. Come see a street of Greek Revival houses listed on the National Register, the site of our first Town Hall, and a wide array of places of worship including Cambridge’s first Roman Catholic parochial complex (with a predecessor of Boston College), African-American Baptist and West Indian Episcopalian churches, and Cambridge’s only mosque. Freelance writer Michael Kenney and Cambridge Historical Commission’s Charles Sullivan will offer historic background. Participants and chance encounters with residents will provide observations and information.

Support Rodney’s – a wonderful local independent bookstore – and learn more about the remarkable woman whom these hundreds of walks celebrate. In the weeks prior to the walk, Rodney’s – located at 698 Massachusetts Ave, Central Square, Cambridge – will be selling Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the Story of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” The Boston Globe’s Robert Campbell called it “the best short introduction yet to the life and work” of Jane Jacobs. Written for ALL ages, Genius of Common Sense is now available in paperback with Jane and her commuter-bicycle on the cover.

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Event Start/End: Event Start- Holmes Plaza, the park-like area on the southeast corner of Mass. Ave. and Prospect St., near the Central Square T station and #1 Bus.Event End- End at the Tavern in the Square, where those who wish may continue conversation and purchase lunch.

Host: Glenna Lang

Registration: No need to sign up, just show up at the posted meeting location.

Accessibility: This event is welcoming and accessible to Wheelchairs, Bicycles, Seniors, Children,  and Dogs

Earlier Event: May 4
Near Southside Stroll
Later Event: May 4
¿Donde esta Jane Jacobs?