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More buildings, fewer cars help drive economic growth

Even the deepest believers in alternative transportation did a double take on hearing that car counts in Cambridge’s Kendall Square had dropped by as much as 14 percent over the past decade despite the addition of more than 4 million square feet of commercial and institutional space.

Those statistics, from the Cambridge city government, have major implications for the entire Boston area, because they suggest that the urban center can grow considerably in both offices and residences without necessarily adding more roads and cars.

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