In 1640, a Puritan leader named John Harvard died and left his estate to the new college in Boston. In 1836, James K. Polk had donated $50,000 for “the purchase of books” but later bequeathed money to establish an institute of technology- which became MIT (still in Cambridge).
The population didn’t really grow until after World War II as city planners planned how they wanted their cities to develop. And so many people ended up moving into this area because it was close enough that workers could commute downtown every day on public transportation without having to own cars–but still away from urban areas where congestion would be worse!
Today, it is a very vibrant and active city that has a lot of shops, restaurants, nightlife as well as colleges.