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There’s an App for That: Can For-Profit Companies Fix Social Ills?

On its surface, the tech industry is one that’s steeped in optimism and altruism. Thousands of the world’s smartest people are teaming up to find solutions to even the most minute problems. They’re building apps that aim to make customers’ lives healthier, easier, more organized, more peaceful—or even more meaningful (yes, there are apps for […]



A Faster, Better #1 Bus and More Participatory Budgeting Winners

The second round of Participatory Budgeting wrapped up last week, with more funds to spread around ($600,000, up from $500,000), a greater number of project proposals (540 rather than 380) and a 53 percent increase in overall voter participation. That big spike in interest could be due to the retooling of the PB timeline—last year, […]


Citywide, a Renewed Focus on Ending Domestic Violence

On a brisk but bright afternoon in October, Risa Mednick walks through the sun-drenched rooms at Transition House, where the sounds of shouting children and beeping kitchen timers have, for the time being, been replaced by power drills and hammers. Mednick, who is the executive director at the domestic violence agency, ducks past a construction […]


Five Participatory Budgeting Proposals We Love

The project proposal period for the second round of participatory budgeting came to a close on Monday, with ideas that were futuristic (using gym equipment to power an electrical grid), suggestions so nice that they popped up twice (Kendall and Central Square had residents requesting public, real-time transit screens) and submissions that were at least a little tongue in cheek. (“Stop giving out […]


NEWS: Year’s First Cyclist Death A Preventable Tragedy

A matte white ghost bike, adorned with flowers scattered over time by the city’s winds and replenished by friends paying respect, sits chained to a light pole on Putnam Avenue, just outside the Whole Foods Market. The bike is the year’s first addition to the dozens of cyclist memorials around Greater Boston. It commemorates the death of Marcia Deihl, a 65-year-old LGBT […]


Forgetful Type? Sign Up for Cambridge E-Line

If you’re a car owner in the city, this has almost certainly happened to you: You grab your keys and head out to your vehicle, only to find that it isn’t sitting where you last parked it. Glancing up at the street cleaning signs, you realize that you were parked on the wrong side of […]



Cambridge Plastic Bag Ban Passes 8-1

Cambridge just became the largest city on the east coast to enact a plastic bag ban. On Monday night, Cambridge City Councilors voted 8-1 to pass the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance, which bans single-use plastic bags. The council has been trying to pass a bag ban for more than seven years. “I think it’s great news,” […]


Health Department to Award $5,000 in Community Grants

This week is the last chance for organizations to apply for one of ten mini-grants form the Cambridge Public Health Department through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion initiatives. Eligible organizations have until Friday to submit their applications for review. “These mini-grants have inspired a lot of creative thinking from the community in the […]


WHAT’S NEW: Something old with something new

Text from this post originally appeared in the What’s New section of our March/April 2015 print issue. KENDALL SQUARE EMMA’S PIZZA Emma’s (40 Hampshire St.) is an institution in Cambridge that has been around for more than five decades. In that time, they’ve moved around and innovated to keep the store as fresh as their […]


Plastic Bag Ban Hearing Scheduled for Tonight

Cambridge City Council has been considering a plastic bag ban for more than seven years, ever since an April 30, 2007 policy order. A vote on the proposed ban was scheduled to take place at a December 15 hearing, but was postponed so that City Council could consider amendments to the bill as well as an alternate version […]