The One Minute Geographer: Massachusetts (8): The Most Innovative Square Mile on the Planet

Jim Fonseca
4 min readApr 26, 2022
“The most innovative square mile on the planet.” The Kendall Square — Harvard Square area in Cambridge, home of MIT and Harvard. Photo from capitalprojects.mit.edu

Let’s start with this: The square mile around Boston’s Kendall Square, near MIT and Harvard, may be the world’s largest R&D cluster in the biosciences. It’s also been called ‘the epicenter of the biotech world’ and ‘the life sciences center of the universe.’ I’ll call it Silicon Valley East.

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Jim Fonseca

Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.