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Cambridge, like its UK namesake, is a great walking city

Built in 1759, the home of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for almost 50 years had previously served as the HQs of General Washington; Longfellow wrote Hiawatha and Evangeline here and all of the furnishings original to his ownership remain

Built in 1759, the home of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for almost 50 years had previously served as the HQs of General Washington; Longfellow wrote Hiawatha and Evangeline here and all of the furnishings original to his ownership remain

In 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered his famous 'American Scholar' address to Harvard's Phi Beta Kappa Society—referred to by Oliver Wendell Holmes as America's 'Intellectual Declaration of Independence'—at the First Parish Church (established in 1632)

In 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered his famous 'American Scholar' address to Harvard's Phi Beta Kappa Society—referred to by Oliver Wendell Holmes as America's 'Intellectual Declaration of Independence'—at the First Parish Church (established in 1632)

Brattle House was built in 1727 for Major General William Brattle, at that time the wealthiest man in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and a British loyalist;  John Adams, visited here before his trip to Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence

Brattle House was built in 1727 for Major General William Brattle, at that time the wealthiest man in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and a British loyalist; John Adams, visited here before his trip to Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence

Built in 1761, Christ Church(at Zero Cambridge Common)was designed by Peter Harrison, the first formally trained architect to work in the British colonies; generations of Harvard students from Richard Henry Dana Jr. to Teddy Roosevelt have worshipped here

Built in 1761, Christ Church(at Zero Cambridge Common)was designed by Peter Harrison, the first formally trained architect to work in the British colonies; generations of Harvard students from Richard Henry Dana Jr. to Teddy Roosevelt have worshipped here

The Cooper-Frost-Austin House, built in 1681, is the oldest house in Cambridge; the city of 116,000, home to Harvard and MIT, has 57% of its residents possessing at least a bachelor's degree

The Cooper-Frost-Austin House, built in 1681, is the oldest house in Cambridge; the city of 116,000, home to Harvard and MIT, has 57% of its residents possessing at least a bachelor's degree

The Longfellow Bridge, built in 1906, connects Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood with Cambridge's Kendall Square near the MIT campus; designed to emulate the great bridges of Europe, locals know it as the Salt   Pepper Bridge due to the shape of its piers

The Longfellow Bridge, built in 1906, connects Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood with Cambridge's Kendall Square near the MIT campus; designed to emulate the great bridges of Europe, locals know it as the Salt + Pepper Bridge due to the shape of its piers

Elmwood (1767) is known for prominent residents: Thomas Oliver, royal Lt Governor of MA; Elbridge Gerry, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Vice President and eponym of the term 'gerrymandering;' and James Russell Lowell, writer, poet and diplomat

Elmwood (1767) is known for prominent residents: Thomas Oliver, royal Lt Governor of MA; Elbridge Gerry, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Vice President and eponym of the term 'gerrymandering;' and James Russell Lowell, writer, poet and diplomat

Dedicated in 1831, 174-acre Mt Auburn Cemetery was the first garden cemetery in the US transforming the previous harsh view of death and the afterlife embodied by old graveyards and church burial plots; photographed here is the rotunda of Mary Baker Eddy's tomb

Dedicated in 1831, 174-acre Mt Auburn Cemetery was the first garden cemetery in the US transforming the previous harsh view of death and the afterlife embodied by old graveyards and church burial plots; photographed here is the rotunda of Mary Baker Eddy's tomb

Initially constructed in 1685 and enlarged and remodeled many times thereafter, the Cooper-Lee-Nichols House is the second oldest home in Cambridge; the house was once owned by MIT's dean of architecture but it now houses the Cambridge Historical Society

Initially constructed in 1685 and enlarged and remodeled many times thereafter, the Cooper-Lee-Nichols House is the second oldest home in Cambridge; the house was once owned by MIT's dean of architecture but it now houses the Cambridge Historical Society

Senator Elizabeth Warren lives in this home (valued at $2.9 million by Zillow) across the street from the Cooper-Frost-Austin House; my fellow University of Houston alum is married to a professor at Harvard Law School

Senator Elizabeth Warren lives in this home (valued at $2.9 million by Zillow) across the street from the Cooper-Frost-Austin House; my fellow University of Houston alum is married to a professor at Harvard Law School

Dedicated in 1870, this Civil War Memorial including the bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln is on Cambridge Common, bordering Harvard University; Matt Damon and Ben Affleck often played football here in the 1980s

Dedicated in 1870, this Civil War Memorial including the bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln is on Cambridge Common, bordering Harvard University; Matt Damon and Ben Affleck often played football here in the 1980s

The First Church in Cambridge, the 11th oldest congregation in New England, first gathered in 1633; the Massachusetts Constitution, the world’s oldest living constitution, was framed at the church in 1779

The First Church in Cambridge, the 11th oldest congregation in New England, first gathered in 1633; the Massachusetts Constitution, the world’s oldest living constitution, was framed at the church in 1779

Legend has it that George Washington took command of the Continental Army in a ceremony underneath the Washington Elm on Cambridge Common; the original elm tree died in 1923 but the legend lives on

Legend has it that George Washington took command of the Continental Army in a ceremony underneath the Washington Elm on Cambridge Common; the original elm tree died in 1923 but the legend lives on

Brattle Hall (1889) today houses the Brattle Theatre and is located on historic Brattle St, off Harvard Square; over the years residents of Brattle St have given the world baking powder, Fig Newtons, Polaroid cameras and Sadie Hawkins Day

Brattle Hall (1889) today houses the Brattle Theatre and is located on historic Brattle St, off Harvard Square; over the years residents of Brattle St have given the world baking powder, Fig Newtons, Polaroid cameras and Sadie Hawkins Day

This Irish Famine Memorial was dedicated by the President of Ireland on historic Cambridge Common; the Common has long been a site for public gatherings before marching to Boston Common including protests for Civil Rights or against the Vietnam War

This Irish Famine Memorial was dedicated by the President of Ireland on historic Cambridge Common; the Common has long been a site for public gatherings before marching to Boston Common including protests for Civil Rights or against the Vietnam War

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