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

    Visitors to Kendall Square gathered at lunchtime.
    DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2011
    Visitors to Kendall Square gathered at lunchtime.

    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.

    Nathan Cobb

    Cambridge