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Neighborhood distinctions[edit]

I edited the Port/Area IV article recently to include some more background and context on the history of the neighborhood's name and current usage. I'm looking over the current neighborhoods section and have some questions. In short the "the Coast" and "Mid-Block" are used to define the Cambridgeport/Riverside and Wellington/Harrington areas - but it's generally only done by natives of Cambridge and neighborhood residents. The issues stems from the official planning districts (Areas 1 - 13), which were never intended to "name" or define neighborhoods. Places like Riverside and W/H are not "fake" names, but they aren't widely used either outside of discussions of the planning districts. Recent arrivals to Cambridge generally use them to a greater extent as the CDD districts are most likely the first glimpse of Cambridge "neighborhoods" that people see, hence the double names of many areas. I don't want "the Coast" of "Mid-Block" deleted, because they're both in common usage, but at the same time finding an official source for the "Mid-Block" in particular is difficult. I've always known the neighborhood as that, but I'm not an official source. I noticed there's a "citation needed" prompt, which brought about this post. I may add a bit to the Squares and Neighborhoods section in the near future, but just wanted to a) give fair warning and b) leave my name if anyone has any objections. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CantabTT (talkcontribs) 12:30, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

If you look back in the archives the neighborhoods discussion comes up periodically and I've never seen a neat resolution. There are the square names that people use a lot which are probably a reasonable description for some, but not all, areas of Cambridge. And then there are the various community planning, police districts, wards/precincts/etc., none of which correspond all that well to neighborhoods that most residents would recognize as such. A past time that this came up a citysearch site (which I don't believe is around any longer) listed Central Square, Riverside, Cambridgeport, Inman Square, Kendall Square, MIT, Harvard Square, Agassiz, East Cambridge, Porter Square, Huron Village, North Cambridge, Strawberry Hill. This seems pretty reasonable to me but it's not definitive.
Neighborhoods are fuzzy in most cities but categorizing them in Cambridge seems especially problematic for some reason. ghaff (talk) 21:22, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
As far as I know, the neighborhood designations the city uses officially are those on the "Cambridge Neighborhoods" map shown in the article. Residents may describe their areas in any convenient way, regardless of how fuzzy, but I suppose that for any definitive purposes we here on WP may need to adhere to the official names. Fortunately, the article covers squares as well as "other neighborhoods", and gives some alternate names as well. Perhaps no further resolution is necessary. Hertz1888 (talk) 23:31, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

I added the "Citations needed" flag, not so much for the names of the neighborhoods, but for much of the content. What caught my eye was Central Square, and the assertion about gentrification resulting from University Park, which was a long time ago. And Central Square doesn't really look gentrified. It's a much more complex situation, but, of course, my personal observations are not the stuff of Wikipedia entries. I'm going to work, myself, on finding better sourcing, but that's something that I expect to do over the course of months, not days. Stannenb (talk) 05:27, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

History[edit]

The "History" section included the following sentence:  "In 2005, a reassessment of residential property values resulted in a disproportionate number of houses owned by non-affluent people jumping in value relative to other houses, with hundreds having their property tax increased by over 100%; this forced many homeowners in Cambridge to move elsewhere" citing the four editions of the Cambridge Chronicle in October 2005. I've just read every mention of property tax in those editions and there's no mention of disproportionate property valuations, nor any mention of forcing homeowners to move. I've deleted the sentence. Stannenb (talk) 02:36, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

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