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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