This morning I picked up a Hubway bike at Central Square to ride the rest of the way to work. Since Western Avenue is undergoing (seemingly endless) construction, I decided to try Pearl Street instead. For the first time I noticed plaques on several of the cross streets relating to the War of 1812. This is not a coincidence, since according to the City of Cambridge website:
Perry, Lawrence, and Niagara streets,
Lake and Erie,
Decatur and Hamilton—
these seven street names commemorate commanders, ships, and a decisive naval battle of the War of 1812.
Biking can be so educational.