view, the money expended on these structures, so far as the enjoyment of the passer-by goes, is in large degree wasted.
They may be convenient for the uses of the people who repair to their interiors; but they cannot afford to the citizens of the place the satisfaction which comes from the unobstructed contemplation of noble buildings.
is old enough to have escaped the tiresome and wasteful laying-out in squares which deprives most American cities of fine sites for large buildings.
It has many curving roads and irregular corner pieces, on which handsome buildings can be suitably disposed and displayed; but as time goes on, it will have great reason to be thankful for the continuing openness of the eighty-two acres which belong to Harvard University.
The population of Cambridge
is considerably enlarged by the presence of the university.
About three thousand students, out of the thirty-six hundred now in the university, live in Cambridge
In the long vacation nearly six hundred other students come for the numerous summer courses.
More than one hundred of the teachers and other officers of the university occupy houses in Cambridge
and maintain households therein.
There are from one hundred and seventy-five to two hundred unmarried officers who live in or near the university.
On the Catalogue of the year 1895-96, two hundred and fifty students give Cambridge
as their home address.
Every year a considerable number of families move to Cambridge
in order to educate their children at the university.
Many families that originally came to Cambridge
, either to educate their children, or because the bread-winner became a university teacher, have remained in Cambridge
Some of the most famous houses in Cambridge
to-day are houses built for or occupied by professors of a former generation.
It is enough to mention the Norton
, Palfrey, Agassiz, Longfellow, and Lowell houses.
Some of the largest taxable properties in the city are to-day taxed here, because the university either brought to Cambridge
, or kept in Cambridge
, the creators or inheritors of these properties.
Because of the presence of the university, Old Cambridge has always been the best residence quarter of the city, and it is likely to remain so.
Within the last twenty years the university has begun to maintain collections of great interest and value, which are open to the public under suitable regulation.
The Botanic Garden, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the botanical and mineralogical