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Number Three Carnes Lane Condominium (Unit 2).

What the Mottas would have known as the back shed has been expanded and transformed in recent decades into a separate dwelling. It was owned from 1991 to 2013 by Kate Clinton (b 1947), the writer, political activist, and outspoken stand-up comic, and her partner, Urvashi Vaid (b 1958), a longtime human rights activist and a former foundation executive. “In newer neighborhoods,” Clinton wrote in Don’t Get Me Started (1998), “roads cut into fragile sand dunes are named Pilgrim Heights, Standish Way and We Were Here First Lane. We, in the old Portuguese section, call ourselves Linguiça Gardens.” The area around Carnes Lane was once known as Pig Hollow or Pig Acres, Clinton said, where “chauffeurs kept their cars and the hired help lived.” Because pigs were kept there, too, she told me, “Supposedly, the ground is great for gardening.” Clinton and Vaid sold the unit to Dr. Lisa Weissmann, the chief of hematology-oncology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, and her spouse, Dr. Debra Shapiro.

¶ Last updated on 30 April 2017.

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