Now branded « the new Cambridge, » Somerville's current reputation could hardly have been foreseen even a few decades ago. As property in Cambridge became more and more expensive, Somerville's interesting, less expensive ethnic neighborhoods started to accept the overflow. After all, much of the city abuts the major « squares » of Cambridge, such as Harvard, Porter, Inman and Kendall. And with the extension of the Redline all the way to Davis Square back in the mid 80s, Somerville had already become that much more accessible.

Now, plans to extend the Green Line through the city have acted as a super-charged catalyst for expansion on many fronts. Even so, a lot of what's changed in the area has come about more organically. Somerville can rightly claim more artists per capita than anywhere else in the country. The various open studios weekends, arts-oriented festivals like Honk Fest, Porch Fest and What the Fluff, are evidence of the lively and talented artistic community.

New businesses - from the edgy to the family-friendly - have set up shop all over town. Somerville is one of the most densely settled cities in the country, but it is also rich with history, which includes its fair share of impressive buildings and monuments. It was high on Prospect Hill that the first American flag was raised, and where the American flag now flies atop the striking stone Monument. Every year on New Year's day, there is a colorful ceremony at the site— no matter how cold or snowy— that pays homage to the revolutionary spirit and victories.

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