It’s an intersection. Massachusetts Avenue meets Brattle Street. Life intersects with shopping, education, transportation, and red bricks. Lots and lots of red bricks.
Harvard Square began in 1630 as the Colonial village of Newtowne. In the early years of settlement, the future Harvard Square lay on the outskirts of the village. It was merely a passing for travelers along the Charlestown-Watertown path.
Harvard Square has grown along with the Harvard University.
Now, it’s one of the 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts.