Watertown burst on to the national stage as the community where one of the the alleged Boston Marathon bombers died in a shoot-out with police and the other was captured hiding in a boat in a resident’s backyard.
But people who live there know there is more to Watertown than that.
It is a close-knit community of 32,000, — only 4 square miles, along the Charles River — with strong working-class neighborhoods, reasonable housing costs, a prominent Armenian population, and a well-established cultural scene of restaurants, shops, and the arts.
It is a place where families often stay for generations but newcomers add to a varied mix, where politics is steeped in New England skepticism and people are quick to demand their money’s worth for their tax dollar. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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