Community

Voters Select Seven Participatory Budgeting Projects

Over 6,700 Cambridge residents voted on how to spend the city’s participatory budget, selecting seven projects in the areas of environment, community resources, streetsmarts, and youth and technology. The winning projects are 100 Trees for a Cleaner, Greener Cambridge; Critical Resource Kits for the Homeless; Flashing Crosswalks for Safer Streets; Drinking Water Across More Parks; […]


City to Offer Legal Screening Clinic for Immigrants

The City of Cambridge has established a free, monthly clinic that will help local immigrants determine what their options are for pursuing citizenship or legal status. The clinic, run by the Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship (CIRC) and the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC—pronounced “classic”), will bring in volunteer immigration lawyers. CLSACC […]


Asiyah Jewish Community Pops Up in Camberville

Situated under a massive willow tree at North Point Park, a group of roughly 20 people sang Hebrew songs accompanied by a guitar and talked philosophy. They were participating in “Tashlich by the Charles,” one of the first official gatherings of the Asiyah Jewish Community. Tashlich is a Jewish tradition during the High Holidays where […]


The Loop Lab to Open Doors for Port Neighborhood

A music and podcast recording studio is set to open in the city next fall that will be a space for underserved young people in the Port neighborhood to learn about sound engineering, music production, and workforce development. The Loop Lab is a collaboration between the lab’s two cofounders and the Cambridge Arts Council. The […]


Participatory Budget Finalists Announced

Cambridge is gearing up to select its Participatory Budget projects for FY19, and this time the city has $800,000 to play with. Officials narrowed a record-breaking 608 ideas down to 20 that community members can vote on from Dec. 2-8. Participatory Budget projects are one-time capital projects—typically related to infrastructure—that community members select to improve […]


PARK(ing) Day Reinvents City’s Parking Spots

What could a city do with all the space that’s dedicated to parking? That’s the driving question behind PARK(ing) Day, an international event where cities transform their metered parking spots into public spaces ranging from mini parks to libraries to concerts. Cambridge will reinvent 127 parking spots on Sept. 15, allowing 55 groups to set […]


In 2018 Participatory Budget, More Residents Than Ever Put Their Mouth Where Their Money Is

When budget delegates convene next week to discuss 2018’s Participatory Budgeting proposals, they’re going to have their work cut out for them. This is the fourth PB cycle, which invites the community to decide how a portion of the city’s capital budget is spent. Ideas are organized into seven categories: culture and community facilities, education, environment, parks and […]


What’s All the Hub, Bub?

Her Inman Square cycle shop shuttered earlier this year—much to the sorrow of Boston’s bike community. What’s Emily Thibodeau up to now?


Can You Guess Which of These Guys is a Manager at Life Alive?

“I love a big boot—that’s just a big kick to the face, you can never go wrong,” chuckles Max Pelham. “Head butts, and even just a good punch—it sounds boring, but if you can throw a good punch it’s everything.” Pelham—AKA Axl Keegan and later Mickey Keegan—knows it’s quite the juxtaposition: a WWE-affiliated wrestler who, for […]


Say Hello to Cambridge’s Shop Dogs

Like so many in Greater Boston, the majority of Cantabrigians rent their homes. While this cuts down on some headaches—property taxes, landscaping—not all landlords welcome our furry friends as residents. So to satisfy your thirst for canine cuddles, we’ve collected a smattering of shops around town where friendly dogs help cash out customers. Keep your […]


Catching Up with Cambridge Cabbies

Anyone can tell you that Cambridge is a rapidly changing city, but few people are so attuned to that change as its cab drivers, who have a literal front-row seat from which to watch its development as they shuttle fares from MIT to Porter Square, from Harvard to Huron Village. We hailed a ride with […]