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How Cleveland Circle Came to Be

YourTown Brookline looks through its archives to give us a glimpse of the neighborhood's past.

You may not be able to hop in a time machine to see what parts of Brookline and Boston looked like decades ago, but surviving photos can give you a decent idea of the changes in a neighborhood like Cleveland Circle.

What was once a pumping station for the nearby Chestnut Hill reservoir , and with the approval of both Boston .

Cleveland Circle will see more changes soon, as developers have in the , which closed in 2008. 

In a recent photo gallery posted on the Boston Globe's YourTown Brookline page, the site explores some of the history behind Cleveland Circle, and a neighborhood once called Aberdeen (sharing a name with a city in Scotland). The gallery is composed largely of historic photos from the Globe's archives.

Among the interesting tidbits in the slideshow, a number of back yards on Clinton Road were truncated to allow for construction of street car line, which in turn lead to a boom in apartment building.

See the full slideshow on YourTown Brookline.

Flip through a few of our photos, or share some of your own, if you have them. 

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