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“What a difference the T made”
Review of Porter Square

Ranked #33 of 90 things to do in Cambridge
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Before the subway came Porter was just a wide place where Somerville Ave met Mass Ave and they had a Star Market. Porter has always been real neighborhood where people live and know each other, even if now they are too busy most of the time to stop and talk. They do that online or in the checkout line at Shaws or maybe at the Porter Square Bookstore. If you get there before lunch you can usually find a seat. When the weather is nice you can sit outside and feed the birds. It's a neighborhood under assault by developers and city traffic engineers who don't seem to realize that keeping cars moving poses a threat to pedestrians. Everybody goes through Porter. Those who can afford to live here. It has all the amenities of city living and it's safe as long as you don't get run over. One wishes that Elon Musk could rout all the cars deep underground. What any visitor will encounter is a vibrant mix of students from all over the world, old people who cling to their decaying but appreciating properties and everyone in between. The Lund Center at Lesley college is a visual attraction as is the iconic, faded, and a little silly, sculpture called "song of the wind" that looms and swoons over the entrance to the T. There is always something under construction to look at...some seem to go on forever, or a section of road being torn up and you can eat almost anywhere. Restaurants and boutiques line Mass Ave all the way past the Law School as far as Harvard Square.

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Less exciting than its counterparts like Central and Davis Squares but here, also you'll find shops worth stopping. Drop your kids off at the independent book store while you go into the bank or supermarket.

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Reviewed December 29, 2017

Few of the so-called squares in Cambridge are very charming; even Porter Square's more famous cousin, Harvard Square, has been taken over by cheap chain stores and a giant, depressing CVS. But Porter Square, with its all-dominating parking lot that is also usually overfull and hard to enter and exit from, and with its terrible traffic regulations making it dangerous to cross any of the streets, has little going for it design-wise. Note also that, in its wisdom, Cambridge traffic authorities have made U-turns on Mass Ave impossible, so if you make a mistake (which you will) trying to park or find somewhere, you may end up in Arlington before you can return to the chaos of Porter Square.

Thank murrayhiller
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

Nice small shopping area in a convenient site. With a Supermarket, DIY store, an excellent organic
health foods store and other shops / cafes.
Smallish car park but we have never had a problem parking.
The area is very popular with the local University students.

Thank cooperwolves
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Reviewed May 26, 2017

While shopping along Mass Ave on a rainy day this square and T stop provided quick protection from the elements. Plenty of shopping, food and drink in the area.

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