It had been many years since the clock and bell atop Cambridge City Hall actually worked. The hands lie still, the belfry silent. And then, about 20 years ago, as city leaders began revitalizing Central Square, they knew that had to change. A functional city couldn’t have a dysfunctional clock tower. Neighbors debated questions like how often the bell should ring, how late, and even if it should ring again at all. The city then brought in a clock specialist to give new life to the intricate 1870 mechanism. Today, high above the lively square, the clock marches on, triggering a hammer that strikes the bell on the hour, its clang reverberating across the city.
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