Cambridge Crossing (NorthPoint) | East Cambridge/Charlestown | Cambridge/Boston

Life Coach Mike

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I don't get the negative comments regarding this development. I think this area is superior to almost any block of the Seaport district that is not directly on the ocean. This was, after all, a no-man's-land for decades, with little nearby residential possibilities. It's surrounded by highways and tracks and thus isolated from Cambridge and Somerville. It seems to me to be just another isolated ready-made neighborhood, like Station Landing, only much larger and more diverse. Will people actually drive to this area to hang out or is it being designed primarily for those who already live/work there? Who knows. I've already given up on looking for unique retail experiences or a quiet place to converse that has decent and affordable food, and is not another bar/tavern. Aside from that I can't see how this development won't eventually weave itself into what we already find across the street, as we walk toward Kendall Sq., which is a far more unfriendly place than even the Seaport, if that's possible. The only way to duplicate the charm of downtown Boston and its closest contiguous neighborhoods, is to wait 400 years for it to develop organically. Every new section that has proven to be successful has been so primarily because it's been cheek-by-jowl with the fabric of central Boston.
 

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Proposed Lechmere Station plaza designs. "With a relocated Lechmere green line T stop the next big step for the Cambridge Crossing neighborhood, developers are looking to move up work on the surrounding parcels so riders get a more attractive welcome. (Developer DivcoWest also offers a peek at the surrounding plaza, which renderings struggle to make charming under a giant, Gotham-esque viaduct.)"-CambridgeDay

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