Encompassing historic Harvard Square, Central Square and Inman Square, this central swath of Cambridge bustles with street life, creative spirit and an intellectual atmosphere. Though mid-Cambridge has big-city energy, the scaled-down architecture and side streets of Colonial-era homes tempers the pace of life, making it feel more like a big town than a metropolis. The neighborhood attracts young professionals and couples who thrive in this eclectic energy and can afford the area's high rents. Though living expenses run high, the area pays residents back with excellent public transportation, arts and culture, and walkable streets filled with restaurants and shops.
The main thoroughfare of Massachusetts Avenue makes the neighborhood's busy southern boundary, while the area stretches north to Somerville, roughly following Line and Hampshire streets.