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Notable people section[edit]

Hello. I added a Notable people section to this article so I could list Charles K. Williams. I was surprised this section was not already in this article and hope I have not overlooked it. If I have inadvertently added the section as a duplicate please correct. Thank you--BuzyBody (talk) 02:21, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

Bad idea. Such a section has, I believe, been considered before. Its omission can be regarded as deliberate. So many notables have lived and/or studied in Cambridge at one time or another, or still do, that the section would soon grow to dwarf the rest of the article, and still be grossly incomplete. Instituting it is asking for trouble. Please understand if I revert your addition. If you feel strongly about having such a section, this page is the place to discuss the proposal further and seek consensus; register me as opposed. Thank you. Hertz1888 (talk) 03:26, 4 November 2012 (UTC)
Creating a notable people section doesn't mean you MUST flood it with people, instead you put all those people in a new article called List of people from Cambridge, Massachusetts, similar to numerous other cities do. I created the section, added a link to the notable Harvard people and added some instructions. See List of people from Chicago, List of people from New York City, List of people from Los Angeles, List of people from Wichita, Kansas. See Wikipedia USCITY for city guidelines. • SbmeirowTalk • 23:02, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
The NEW article is likely to be unwieldy and hard to police. I have seen lists from other communities, through which far fewer celebrated people have passed, plagued by frequent unsourced entries and outright vandalism. If you are volunteering to create, monitor and maintain such an article, that's one thing; otherwise you may be inflicting a nuisance on others. Hertz1888 (talk) 23:36, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Whether it is hard to police or not hasn't stopped mountains of other notable list articles for cities and colleges. No matter the article subject, we can't stop vandalism / vainness / stupid edits, nor should any of these things be a reason to not create an article. I already watch many thousands of articles, so adding another article is trivial to me. • SbmeirowTalk • 15:50, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

Contradiction in Sister cities[edit]

The section states Haidian District of Beijing is active at first, then claims it is not. Which one is it, after all? GotR Talk 19:42, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

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)

Timeline of Cambridge, Massachusetts[edit]

What is missing from the recently created city timeline article? Please add relevant content. Contributions welcome. Thank you. -- M2545 (talk) 11:09, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

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