The renovated Lechmere Canal is a reminder of Cambridge's former industrial success and maritime aspirations. Most canals built in the first three quarters of the nineteenth century to stimulate the expansion of the commercial waterfront were a financial failure after the advent of the railroads. By the 1890s, the majority of these elaborate canal systems had been filled, but the Lechmere Canal is a piece of original shoreline and was preserved during this late-twentieth-century reclamation. Partially filled and extensively renovated to landscape designs by Carol R. Johnson and Associates in the 1980s, the canal is now a scenic amenity between the CambridgeSide Galleria (EC10) and Thomas Graves Landing (1989, Unihab), an eight-story condominium building named for the area's first settler.
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