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A ‘hotspot’ maybe, but too soon to call Kendall Square a true neighborhood

Is a shopping mall a neighborhood? No. Is an office park a neighborhood? No again. Yet Paul McMorrow (“Hip at the Square,” Op-ed, Jan. 15) repeatedly calls Kendall Square a neighborhood when praising the commercial development that has made it a “hot spot.”

It doesn’t feel like a neighborhood. Not yet anyway. A neighborhood is a place where people live as well as work, eat, drink, and shop. Until it has more housing mixed in among its spiffy new retailers, restaurants, and corporate tenants, Kendall Square will remain largely a shopping mall or office park. A hot spot, yes. A neighborhood, no.

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