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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 […]


Black Lives Matter: In Conversation with poet activist Toni Bee

Toni Bee is a lot of things. She’s a poet, artist, activist and mother. She’s also one of the voices behind Black Lives Matter Cambridge, the local chapter of a national movement to combat systemic racism. The group emerged during the first weeks of this year and already they’ve led a march of more than […]


A Better Cambridge Asks City to Act on Housing

Cambridge, like the rest of the Boston area, is feeling the stresses of intensified urbanization, especially increases in housing costs. That’s why A Better Cambridge, an organization that is committed to promoting diversity and and sustainable growth in the city, is calling for City Council to do something about it–and fast. In a letter published last […]


Participatory Budgeting Vote Scheduled for March

In our January/February print edition, we told you about a first-of-its-kind participatory budgeting program in Cambridge that will allow residents to decide how the city spends $500,000 in capital funds. Area citizens submitted their project proposals for the funds back in December, and ideas ranged from artsy (“commission up to $150,000 in public art for Cambridge […]


Connect Kendall Square Seeks Public Input

Have a vision of how Kendall Square should look? Time to speak up! The city is looking for input on the final design teams who in October advanced to the final stage of the Connect Kendall Square design competition. The contest is a response to the extensive changes Kendall Square experienced after years of development. […]


Bridj Given Yellow Light to Operate in Cambridge

When Bridj launched this past June, they put the Mercedes Sprinter (their vehicle of choice) before the wheel, so to speak. One of the company’s first routes traversed three cities—Cambridge, Boston and Brookline—before it had been awarded licenses to technically operate in any of them.


2-Alarm fire hit MuLan on Christmas Eve

It was an unhappy holiday for MuLan Taiwanese Restaurant in Kendall Square (228 Broadway), which sustained damage in a December 24 fire. Wicked Local Cambridge reports that there were no injuries in the 2-alarm blaze, which occurred at roughly 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve.


Proposed plastic bag ban postponed yet again

Does this headline have you feeling like you’re experiencing déjà vu? That’s probably because you’ve been reading stories about the proposed plastic bag ban for years. On Boston.com alone, there’s a January 29, 2013 story titled, “Cambridge to draft an ordinance that would ban plastic bags,” a December 2013 post titled “Proposed plastic bag ban […]