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Boston. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Massachusetts named Brighton. For links to other places called Brighton, MA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
Elevation is 89 feet.
Prior to the American Revolution, Little Cambridge was a small agricultural community.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the town of Cambridge proved incapable of providing the basic infrastructure for Little Cambridge's thriving cattle industry. As such, Allston and Brighton seceded from Cambridge and become the town of Brighton.
In 1874, after already experiencing a good deal of growth and prodded by leaders who desired even more, the town of Brighton was annexed by Boston.
The turn of the 20th century was a period of tremendous growth in the community. Electric street cars, initiated in 1889, helped spur the growth.
Since World War II, the area has faired less well. Lower quality housing and, in general, undesirable development have plagued the community.
Note: Neighborhood names and boundaries may differ, depending on the information source.
Libraries in Brighton include Brighton Branch Library
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