How Central Square’s Graffiti Haven Came to Be

On the first day temperatures rose above 40 in January, clusters of street artists arrived at “Graffiti Alley” in Central Square, staking out a space among dozens of colorful spray cans. They had come out to contribute to The Wall, an ever-evolving art installation lining the corridor between Central Kitchen and Hilton’s Tent City. The […]



Bon Me to Turn East Cambridge Location into Test Kitchen

Bon Me will turn its East Cambridge restaurant into a test kitchen next month, unrolling several changes including a revamped menu and electronic ordering kiosks. The new experiments are part of an effort to stay ahead of the curve, according to CEO Patrick Lynch. “We opened seven years ago, and we chose to do a […]



Grassroots Organization Pushes for Municipal Broadband

A group of residents banded together under the name Upgrade Cambridge are lobbying the city to create a municipal broadband network. Co-founder Saul Tannenbaum has devoted his time to issues at the crossover of technology and politics since retiring from his IT job eight years ago. He served on the city’s Broadband Task Force from […]


Hubway to Expand as Blue Bikes

Hubway is entering into a six-year partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that will involve adding 1,200 new bikes and rechristening the bicycles as Blue Bikes. The bike share program, owned by the cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and Brookline, will see over 100 new stations thanks to the partnership, according to a press release. […]


Citywide Composting Comes to Cambridge

Curbside composting will launch citywide on April 2 as Cambridge strives to meet its goals of reducing trash by 30 percent between 2008 and 2020. The city has run a pilot curbside composting program along the Monday trash route since late 2015 that serves 5,200 households in North Cambridge, an expansion from a 600-household trial […]


Supporting the Arts, One Musician At a Time

Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the whole […]


Scary Moments Campaign Aims to Spread Awareness of Biking Dangers

“I was in an unprotected bike lane while wearing a helmet, reflective jacket, and front and back lights,” a bicyclist recounts of a trip through Central Square. “I was hit by a car that stopped in the street and opened their passenger door into the unprotected bike lane. I was briefly knocked out from the […]


BBC Adventurer Uses Gecko Technology to Scale EF Education First Building

A gecko could climb the 10-story glass waterfall at EF Education First’s North American Headquarters in 52 seconds. So when local research and development laboratory Draper was tasked with helping soldiers scale walls, its researchers found the lizard an obvious prototype. “A couple years ago my son requested a gecko for his birthday, and I […]


To Be Born Again in Cambridge

Ryan H. Walsh’s Quest To Document (And Become) Part of Local Music History In 1968, Van Morrison found himself with a clean slate in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Irish singer-songwriter had just gotten married (partially out of love, partially for a green card) and cut himself from a shady record deal he made back in New […]


World Baking Shop Sets Sights on Camberville

For Alyssa and Teddy Applebaum, it’s all about the grain. “Once people get introduced to it, it’s just like anything else that we’ve adopted and gotten really excited about that seemed weird 20 years ago, but now everybody gets it,” Teddy says. “There’s like 20 varieties of coffee and everybody talks about their variety of […]