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Arlington's Great Residential Boom (1900s-1930s)

Presented by Arlington Community Education at Arlington High School, Arlington MA

Oct 10 2019
Arlington's Great Residential Boom (1900s-1930s)

Learn from local historian Dee Morris how the “Arlington Dream” of a modern home in an attractive neighborhood emerged when commercial farms were subdivided into housing lots in the early 1900s.

The real estate market may be booming in Arlington, but the most dramatic change to the town occurred in the early 1900s when commercial farms were subdivided into housing lots at break-neck speed. W. W. Rawson, a local market gardener, had predicted in the 1890s that within two decades very few of Arlington’s commercial farms would still exist, and he was right. Residential development yielded extraordinary profits. Savvy operators such as Jacob W. Wilbur offered land at bargain prices plus

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