The City of Somerville is an urban industrial city in the Mystic Valley on the Boston transportation corridor to the northwest. It occupies about 4.1 square miles along the divide between the lower Charles and Mystic River watersheds.Somerville's location, close to Cambridge, Boston and Charlestown, assured early development of markets for the city's agriculture and dairying products as well as well as for pottery, bricks and slate. Closely built two family homes and three deckers were put up around the city to house this population, many of whom worked in the Ford Motor Company plant, at the First National warehouse or in the wholesale slaughtering and meatpacking industry.
Today, Davis Square is the most popular area in Somerville. It is close to Tufts University and is a mix of the old and the new. Restaurants, coffee shops, and stores catering to students and young urban professionals coexist with working class diners and tailors that predate Davis Square's trendy period. The brick-paved square contains a rich mixture of shops, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, a 1000 seat movie theater complex, a smaller 200 seat live performance theater, and other attractions. The Somerville Theater was the spot where the band U2 held a surprise performance back in May of 2009. In 1997, Davis Square was listed by the Utne Reader as one of the fifteen "hippest places to live" in the United States.
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