Puttering around in Porter Square
However, the electrified street car introduced a universal $.05 fare to cross Cambridge and led to higher density housing construction to attract second- or third-generation immigrant families from crowded neighborhoods in East Cambridge, Cambridgeport, and Boston.
Retail stores flourished.
Pictured: The Sears Cambridge store in 1941. Today, the building is known as the Porter Exchange, which houses Lesley University and several Japanese shops and restaurants.