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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 […]


Humanist Hub’s “Godless Congregation” Celebrates First Anniversary

The Humanist Hub at Harvard commemorated its one-year anniversary this past weekend with a holiday celebration at its home at 30 JFK Street. And while there was no visit from Santa Claus or menorah burning away, the congregation of atheists, agnostics and humanists did welcome thinkers like Harvard U’s own Steven Pinker and former United States poet laureate Robert […]


Hundreds March In The Name of Black Lives

Last night, about 600 protesters marched from Davis Square to the Mass Ave. bridge in a demonstration against police brutality. This follows a larger protest on Thursday that brought thousands to the Boston Common that shut down major roadways as well as Park Street Station.


Students Walk Out in Support of Michael Brown

Students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Harvard Law School, and Harvard College descended onto Harvard Square Monday to protest the decision by a grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Mo., in the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in August. The group, which swelled to 700, gathered just after 1:30 […]


Saving the Silver Maple Forest

If you’ve ever visited the Alewife MBTA station, the adjacent 118-acre DCR park known as the Alewife Brook Reservation, which covers areas in Cambridge, Arlington and Somerville, is probably a familiar sight. What many may not know is that this reservation is critical to the ecosystem of the area. And now, that ecosystem is in […]


Mayor David Maher

After a long, drawn-out electoral process, School Committee member, City Councilor and 2010-2011 Mayor David Maher was (re)elected to Cambridge’s highest office earlier this year. The Scout sat down with Mayor Maher to talk about innovation, gentrification and all the -ations in between.  My very first apartment was on Pearl Street off of Central, almost […]